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Deals of the Moment- March 2019


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.


Where My Heart Used to Beat- Sebastian Faulks

I’m a tentative fan of Sebastian Faulks. I have loved some of his books but am a little bit off buying this one because I haven’t found the same pleasure in reading the last few of his that I have read. I will probably end up buying this one before the month is out though.

This one is a doctor looking back over his life which spanned the twentieth century. It includes the Western Front, and I have always found that Faulks writes especially well about the war.

Buy it for just £1.99



Captain Correlli’s Mandolin- Louis de Berneieres

After I read ‘Captain Correlli’s Mandolin’ I kept searching for another de Bernieres book which was as good (‘The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts‘ ended up being better).

It is the story of a Greek island during WW2, the people who lived there and the Italian army who occupied it, but the central story is a love story between an Italian captain and an inhabitant of the islan

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Wool- Hugh Howey

The first (and best) in the Wool trilogy (continued with Shift and Dust).

The only survivors in a toxic world live in a silo. They’re safe, but is everything as it seems?

Buy here (only £0.99) 


Inside the O’Briens- Lisa Genova

A city cop is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, how will it affect him and his family?

I always like Genova’s books because they have real medicine behind them but also engaging stories and characters.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Curry Easy- Madhur Jaffrey

I’m mainly including this one because I want opinions. I want a curry cookbook, and my parents main cookbook of the type is by Madhur Jaffrey, so I think she’s a good writer to go for.

The thing is I can’t see it being easy to use a cookbook on a kindle (I have a paperwhite) because you can’t really flick through a book on one. Has anyone used a kindle cookbook? What are your experiences?

Buy it…here (only £1.99)

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Review of the Year 2011- Best fiction


This year I read quite a few books which scored 5/5 so could be my best fiction book of the year. I have left out the Harry Potter books as they were re-reads but that still leaves a good few books:

War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts- Louis de Berneries

When God was a Rabbit- Sarah Winman

Shades of Grey- Jasper Fforde

Everything is Illuminated- Jonathon Safron Foer

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

Oh how much I loved all these books. It’s very difficult to choose just one. They are all quite different. But when it comes down to it I just have to go with my heart. And my heart says…

War Of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts

A lot of my decision is really down to personal reasons rather than reasons why people generally would like the book. Yes it’s fabtastic. Funny. Moving. Fantastically written. When it comes down to it though it’s a book which meets up to my expectations of Louis de Berneieres which were set by Captain Correlli’s Mandolin. it might, might, even be…better. *Shock! Horror!* For so long I have been reading Louis de Berniere’s books to try and find something which at least partially meets up to how much I love Captain Corelli’s and so far had been disappointed.

I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

For my whole review click the link at the top. To buy The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts from Amazon click the link at the top of this section.

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The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts- Louis de Bernieres


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Synopsis (from Amazon)

When the spoilt and haughty Dona Constanza tries to divert a river to fill her swimming pool, she starts a running battle with the locals. The skirmishes are so severe that the Government dispatches a squadron of soldiers led by the fat, brutal and stupid Figueras to deal with them.

Despite visiting plagues of laughing fits and giant cats upon the troops, the villagers know that to escape the cruel and unusual tortures planned for them, they must run. Thus they plan to head for the mountains and start a new and convivial civilisation.

Note: I do not feel that this synopsis adequately describes the book. However I am at a loss of how I can describe it any better while still allowing some of the…plot to be hinted at so I am using this for lack of anything better.

Review

Oh why had a never heard of this book before? I can’t even remember seeing it in bookstores (despite the fact that it is the first in a series and still in print). For so long I have been looking for a Louis de Bernieres novel which meets up to my experience of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which is one of my favourite books. I had seen Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord a number of times and considered buying it but was never convinced (it is probably a good thing seeing as it is further along in the same series). Well I can certainly say I want to read it now!

I suppose you can guess that I really enjoyed this book. I think it sis one of the most unique books I have ever read. It’s full of all kinds of strange happenings. Those who watch my twitter feed may have noticed me commenting that I had never read a book where a woman gave birth to a cat before, and that gives you just an idea of some of the strange things that happen in this book!

It did take me a little time to get into, but once I was into it you couldn’t get me away from it, and I generally find that I end up loving books more when they have been hard work. There was a point where the main strangeness was that I couldn’t work out how it would all come together. It seemed for a long time that there were just lots of individual storylines which weren’t connected, or at least barely connected, and I kept getting the characters mixed up. However after a while I began to work things out a bit more, and even became disappointed when a chapter end because I knew it would be a while before I found out what would happen to that character, and the stories began to join together a bit more.

I can’t say there was a character I didn’t enjoy reading about by the end but I did especially like reading about the President. I also enjoyed how different sides of the same story were shown so that even though there were some horrible acts they never really seemed to be done by horrible men because you not only saw their consequences but also how they came about.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series

5/5

 

If anyone knows where I read the review of this book which prompted me to read it can you let me know so I can credit them please?

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The Partisan’s Daughter- Louis de Bernieres


Synopsis (from Amazon)

Chris is in his forties: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. He’s a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a prostitute into his car. Roza is Yugoslavian, recently moved to London. She’s in her twenties, but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And though she’s not a prostitute, when she’s propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway. Over the next few months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She’s a fast-talking Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does it even matter?

Review

I literally just finished this book and wanted to get my thoughts down before I lost this feeling. All through the book I was thinking just this is ok. I wasn’t particully compelled to read it until maybe the last 10 or so pages, but I didn’t feel I wanted to give up on it either. However when I closed it I was sad it was finished. I think the story has effected me more than I realised, and I really did get attached to the characters.

(highlight for spoiler)

I feel sad for Roza, and for Chris. I feel I really know them and feel genuine sympathy. Towards the end I had a real sense of doom, I actually thought what did happen was not as bad as I was expecting, but in a way it was, and it’s because what Roza had gone through and now she had been hurt by her best friend, by someone who she trusted and who didn’t seem to really want anything from her, or at least not demand anything from her.

There are some things still which have me thinking, which weren’t completly closed off in the plot

(highlight for spoiler)

I’m still not sure if any of Roza’s stories are true, especially when we find at least one has two different versions. I would like to think they are true, but sometimes I think she made up things because she liked the attentions of Chris.

I really do not know how to rate this book, do I rate based on how I feel now, or how I felt while reading. If on now I would probably go for 4.5/5, but during, maybe 3.5?
I have always been looking for a book by Louis de Berenieres which matches up to Captain Correli’s Mandolin, which is one of my favourite books. The last I read by him (Birds without Wings) I gave up on, but based on how I feel now this one may be a strong contender. I at least prefered the ending for this one, I always thought Captain Correli’s should have ended earlier in the story, and been more open ended.
I really do not know what to score this one…if I went for an average it would be 4, but that seems too high when I think of how I felt during it and too low when I think about how I feel after reading it.

I would love to see what other people think of this.

3.5-4.5/5 (depending on which bit!)

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