The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is my second go at Yoko Ogawa, having been first introduced to her work through her unforgettable The Diving Pool: Three Novellas.  By comparison, The Housekeeper and the Professor is a far cry from the quiet uneasiness and foreboding that helped cement The Diving Pool’s place on my mind’s list […]... Read More
A Sickness in the Family_Denise Mina

A Sickness In the Family by Denise Mina

First off, I’m rather sorry to admit that I wasn’t able to really enjoy Here Be Dragons by Stella Gibbons because I just couldn’t stand one of the characters.  Never before have I ever let something as trivial as this affect my enjoyment of a book, but John’s utter selfishness made me want to smack […]... Read More
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Feeding the Stack

One of these books is not like the others, one of these books does not belong…I’m looking at you, Jane Gardam, all brand spankin’ new in a stack of charity shop purchases! With the frequency of my book purchases -mostly from Oxfam- on the rise, my old adversary, The To-Read Stack of Total Devastation is making […]... Read More