Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 2017 Book Report

Busman’s Honeymoon (1937) by Dorothy L. Sayers

I’m a great fan of the Lord Peter Wimsey books and the PBS series. In this book, Peter finally gets Harriet to marry him and they set out on their honeymoon. They bought an old house in the country that the former owner was to have cleared out and prepared for their arrival. When they arrive at the house, they see that nothing had been done and are unable to contact the former owner. They make the best of things for a while…until they discover what happened to the former owner…
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The Bird’s Nest (1954) by Shirley Jackson

I bought this book after seeing the movie “Lizzie” starring Eleanor Parker, and leaned it was based on the book. Elizabeth is a shy, withdrawn woman, prone to headaches and other physical ailments. She begins to receive anonymous threatening letters and her symptoms increase. The family doctor is unable to help her and refers her to a psychiatrist.
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The Cats of Punchbowl Farm (1964) by Monica Edwards

Biographical book about the author’s cats on the farm she and her husband buy in the countryside in the UK. Well written and engaging. Good pictures, too.
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A Not-So-Civil War (2015) by Emily Thomas

Blue Hill Library series. Anne mediates between elderly sisters Nellie and Betty over selling an antique pistol that has been in the family ever since the Civil War. They need the money, but hate the idea of losing a valuable piece of their family history.
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The Ant Men (1955) by Eric North

Reprint of a great pulp sci-fi book from the 50s. This was when people weren’t too intent on having an actual scientific basis for the fantastic things that might take place in the future. It reminded me a little of the H. Rider Haggard books in the way the adventure pulled you into the story. Great read. I could almost see the stop-action movements of the giant ants and praying mantises!
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