What a great book!
Most people are familiar with the "snow girl" fairy tale.
This story incorporates the tale.
You think you know what is going to happen next..and you don't!
I was in tears as the book ended for me. I won't give anything away, but if you think you know the "snow girl" tale and can predict this story, you are WRONG!
The book is brilliantly crafted and well written
This is Eowyn Ivey's first book...I hope it isn't her only one!
This is omnibus number 6, comprising of Paint your Dragon and Open Sesame.
In Paint your Dragon a sculpture of George and the Dragon "comes alive" and mayhem ensues, in typical Holt fashion.
Open Sesame is based around "fairy tale" characters "crossing the line" and becoming real people.
Both stories are funny from start to finish. I just hope Tom Holt has been busy writing something new, as I've nearly read all his older books.
The Gargoyle By Andrew Davidson is one of those books that gets it's hooks into you and pulls you in. The start is pretty gruesome, and if you read past it you are in a for a very entertaining tale, where the un-named narrator recovers from a horrific car accident, leaving him with extensive bodily burns. He is helped through this by Marianne, a woman who might have mental health issues, or she might as she claims have lived several lives with the un-named narrator. Provided you can stomach some of the more graphic descriptions in this book, you are in for a very good read.
Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead tells a version of Will Scarlet's tale, of Robin Hood's band. It is a very well researched book, and an enjoyable read. As there is some dispute as to whether Robin Hood existed it is no small wonder that there are several stories springing up around him and his band. Scarlet is the second of a trilogy by Lawhead, but can be read as a stand alone novel, as I read it.
I should do this more often.
I'm going to just name the books and star them, with a brief note.
December, by ??? (Have lent this book to a friend)*** Very well written, but the story was not resolved to my satisfaction.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. ****Introducing Dirk Gently, so the story is very slow to start, but a good book, the second Dirk Gently book is better.
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. ****Good story, nice twist at the end, but was missing that certain something, but don't know what.
The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenburg. ****Set in Rhodesia just before it is declared independent, in fact it is at the end of the book. Tells the story of two girls, who's idyllic life is rudely shattered by their elder boy cousin, who has a sadistic streak.
Ye Gods by Tom Holt ****** It's by Tom Holt, need I say more? Jason Derry is a hero of the Jason and the Argonauts style, except he lives in the modern day. I love the fact the only person who can get the better of him is his Mum.
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. **** A mystery story with a secondary theme of a romance thrown in for extra measure. A really well written book.
I haven't finished reading anything on my Kindle for a while, the physical books have been taking my attention.