Friends this is my review of the book The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith, which I read recently, or as I like to think of them – My next Bertie fix.
So this continues the saga of characters that have become well known to us, wrapping them around everyday life in Edinburgh. To start with Matthew and Elspeth get married and go off to Australia for their Honeymoon, where poor Matthew is attacked by a freak wave, and suffers at the hands of the Australian Police.
We then have a large Glaswegian gangster dropping dead on the steps of the Art Gallery and the consequences of this with respect to the stolen painting he was trying to get rid of.
But this is all eclipsed by Bertie wanting to join the scouts, to his mothers displeasure, but he ends up as a scout cub with Tofu. Then much to Bertie's horror Olive his non girlfriend becomes their sixer. This leads to several adventures with Olive eventually being demoted.
Then of course there is Dr Fairbairn's replacement Dr Roger Sinclair and how Bertie deals with him.. This is not to mention the Jacobites, and the exploit’s of Cyril the dog, but to say any more would just spoil the plot.
This book is a fantastic humorous snapshot of life, and a really enjoyable read. This was
This was book 31 week 24 fiction 28 (7 on audio) non fiction 3
Friends this is my review of the Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey, which I listened to recently as a Librivox recording. http://librivox.org/the-lone-star-ranger-by-zane-grey/
I must admit that the recent sun and fine weather has meant that I am a little behind in recording the books I have read or listened to, but that does not mean they will get missed off just slightly delayed in being recorded.
As a child I had a children’s version of this book, which I liked, probably due to the picture of the horse on the front cover. Now a good many years later I come back to it and it was interesting how parts of the story were familiar and parts were not.
The star of the story is Buck Duane, the son of a famous gunfighter, who falls prey to the old problem – challenged by a cowboy who wants to make trouble, Duane kills him and then must ride off to the lawless country near the Neuces River to escape being arrested and perhaps, hanged. After a lot of description of life out in the wild he eventually kills a notorious outlaw who is particularly known for his brutality.
This then gives him a reputation for killing the most notorious Texas outlaws, which draws an unexpected interest: a captain of the Texas Rangers offers him a pardon and a ranger’s badge if he will infiltrate the gang of the shadowy figure known as “Cheseldine” who wields vast power in West Texas, and make it possible for the Rangers to break the gang’s hold on the region’s towns. Duane accepts, never guessing in his wildest nightmares that he would sniff out this Cheseldine, along with his hideouts, and his lieutenants… and whilst at the same time fall in love with his daughter!
The original story has a very large amount of description, compared to action, but in doing so Zane paints a fantastic picture in words of life out in the wild west. The version I listened to was over 11 hours in length, but it never did seem boring due to the skill and use of the words used.
This was book 30 week 23 fiction 27 (7 on audio) non fiction 3
A short while ago we were walking in Glenkiln Sculpture Park in Dumfries and Galloway, enjoying the fantastic countryside and amazing sculptures. Between 1951 and 1976, local landowner Sir William Keswick assembled a collection of works by August Rodin, Henry Moore, and Jacob Epstein. He placed them in a moorland setting around Glenkiln Reservoir.
As you can see summer had not yet arrived then, by the extensive waterproofs I was wearing, even though it was June
The sculptures are placed in fields full of sheep and to keep them in check the farmer has used barbed wire fences.
The sheep use the barbed wire as scratching posts, and it gets caught up in the barbs, The wind blew the wool into long white wisps into the distance.
Sheeps Wool July Digital Wallpaper
We thought it would make a good wallpaper from July. If you do not like the month on the image then we have it without as well.
Sheeps Wool Digital Wallpaper
We hope you like our choice of free Sheep’s Wool digital wallpaper for July taken in Dumfries and Galloway at the end of June this year. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
Friends, the sun and tennis have led to a backlog with my blog and as you will see I have not written anything for a few days, but this does not mean that I have stopped reading. So this is my review of the book Mistress of Justice by Jeffery Deaver that was read a while ago.
This was an interesting book in so much as the original version was written in the early 1990's, which I read at the time. It was then edited and updated to this current version which I have just read. Whilst I could not have told you what the original story was before reading it, when I got to a lot of the key points I knew what was then going to happen next. Though I am sure the numerous twists at the end were not the same. It kept me guessing right to the end.
So what was the book about – Lawyers, mergers, loan documents, theft and detection. Our hero Taylor Lockwood is working in one of the finest Wall Street law firms as a paralegal and is tasked with helping to find a stolen document that could change the outcome of a forthcoming merger. When not working she plays jazz piano in the local clubs.
She take this investigation very seriously and is soon delving into the private lives off all the senior lawyers that have been around on the night of the theft. A murder is then committed and things go from bad to worse. Can Taylor find the culprit before they get her?
The story goes from one twist to another as the suspects are gradually ruled out, till finally the killer is all that is left.
This was an enjoyable book as book 29 week 22 fiction 26 (6 on audio) non fiction 3
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