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Everything posted by JudyM

  1. Sara's UN challenge

    For Ukraine, would A short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka count? it is really funny and like all the best comedic books, very true to life too.
  2. Ever cheated?

    I tend to skip large chunks of description. I prefer authors who are character-driven where details of place, time and even insights into other characters come through dialogue and character interaction.
  3. Jackson Brodie

    I think Kate Atkinson's skill is that she manages to break the tension with dry humour, but then the tension slips seamlessly back into the plot. Her characters are offbeat but credible too.
  4. I think a definition of 'horror' is if you wouldn't want to read it on a dark winter's night if you were all alone in the house.
  5. Thank you very much. It sounds very intriguing. Can you tell me a bit about her unusual style?
  6. So far I have read and really enjoyed Daughter of Siena and The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato, Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex, and the Sarah Dunant series set in Venice and other Renaissance cities. Can anyone recommend any other similar novels? Many thanks.
  7. Your Top 10 Authors!

    Whittling down the list to only 10 is very hard but here goes:- Kazuo Ishiguro Jane Austen Georgina Harding Jo Baker Kate Atkinson Tracy Chevalier Helen Dunmore Thomas Hardy Tim Winton George Orwell
  8. Longbourn by Jo Baker

    Longbourn is absolutely wonderful. Although it uses the characters of the original novel I agree with gardengirl that they are interpreted in such a creative way that it could easily be a novel in its own right. Looking at the characters through the eyes of the servants gives a new dimension and the details of life below stairs really bring their hardships to life.
  9. I have absolutely no idea what the genre space opera/fantasy is all about. Can someone give me a brief description?
  10. Anne of Green Gables Reboot

    In general terms I would agree about not trying update a much loved novel just to be different, but I always enjoy any Jane Austen film, or TV series. Perhaps this is because there have only been subtle adaptations, nothing too radical yet. However apparently there is a modern day Pride and Prejudice coming out in the summer.