Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Fairy Babies

     I finished The Fairy Babies a few weeks ago. It's a book I saw in an antique store and bought for my daughter-in-law because she likes fairies. It was different. The fairy babies were "baby" ink-bottles. The babies heard stories about a magic spoon, a magic pitcher, and a magic rocking-chair. Dwarves also figured prominently in those stories.

    My children and I love fairy-tales. We have all the Andrew Lang "color" books of fairy-tales, Grimm's, Andersen's, Greek myths, Norse legends, etc. All are worn and tattered and are picked up and re-read often. We might even be connoisseurs of fairy-tales. This book was pretty much a dud.

    I consoled myself with the latest Flavia de Luce mystery, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, by Alan Bradley. On to a biography of Christopher Wren!

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Friday, January 02, 2015

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

    I finished The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe about a week or so ago. Very calming, very predictable 15th novel in the series by Alexander McCall Smith. I do enjoy routines, predictability, and uneventful, boring days. This book was not boring, but it was what I needed after a very rushed and hectic month of birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and a wedding.

    Then I ordered, received, and read All the Light We Cannot See. Loved it. Now on to another calm and quick read: The Fairy Babies.

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