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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – What is Your Favorite Book(s)?

April 7, 2020
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With ‘time’ on our hands many of us have been reading – which is great. However, have you returned to a favourite book (or even books?)

I have several that I have returned to over the years but one seems to be above the others. It is Ferney by James Long. When I think of the story the characters come back like old friends, which is why many of us love a book. If a character spills into your normal life then the author has done their job.

In such narratives we want the characters and their lives to continue, we imagine what happens next and where they are now. It is the same with these characters as it is with long lost friends.

FERNEY

If you are interested in reincarnation (as I am) then this novel is for you but it is also a lovely love story too.

Summary:

When Mike and Gally move to a new cottage in Somerset, it’s to make a new start. But the relationship comes under strain when Gally forms an increasingly close attachment to an old countryman, Ferney, who seems to know everything about her.

What is it that draws them together? Reluctantly at first, then with more urgency as he feels time slipping away, Ferney compels Gally to understand their connection – and to face an inexplicable truth about their shared past.

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In fact James did write a sequel some 13  years later and although the characters are following on it did not grip me like the first one. However, please don’t be put off by my thoughts. It is still a great story.

It is interesting that the first book was published in 1998 and James didn’t write the sequel until 2011…! That’s some wait for a sequel.

The Lives She Left Behind

The other book which I reread some 35 years later (yes I know showing my age) was The Stand. I picked it up at the airport prior to flying to Canada for the first time (a long time ago) because it was a nice thick book. We’ve all been there prior to a long haul flight – right? Anyway, once I started reading I was completely hooked. This was my introduction to Stephen King and his storytelling. When I read the special complete & uncut edition all those years later, it was still gripping and sucked me into the narrative.

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Just a quick sidebar – I had watched the movie Carrie years before but had no idea it was by Stephen at that time.

Why not share your favourite with everyone?

The Booker Award…

January 26, 2013
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My fellow blogger Christi Gerstle at Novel Conclusions (http://novelconclusions.wordpress.com/about/) has been kind enough to award me this award. You will find her blog interesting as well as fun, covering a multitude of aspects of this writing life we live – pop on over.

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Now for the award rules : The Booker Award is for book and literary blogs that are at least 50% about books, reading, etc.  On being awarded with the Booker Award, you must share your top five books (and that’s the trouble!) How does a book fanatic chose only five? Each decade of my life I have had books I re-read time and time again and I can assure you that would be a very long list. So I am going to list the ones I return to because they delight me. You will notice one is a children’s book and I’m not ashamed to admit I still love reading it.

1. Stig of the Dump by Clive King

2. The Dome by Stephen King

3. Ferney by James Long

4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

5. The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy

Now the next hard question…who is your favorite author and why?

I will have to say Stephen King tops my particular bill. His expertise in creating a relationship between reader and character has me in awe. Each character, whether good or bad provokes a reaction and that is great writing.

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I struggled with this question. Which is your favorite genre?

To be truthful I don’t have one favorite. I read what appeals at the time I am browsing the shelves but I don’t seem to read mysteries. Not sure why.

Now the fun part choosing who I can share this award with…

Linda at http://wildhorse33.wordpress.com/

Vikki at  http://the-view-outside.com/

Jennifer at  http://jennifermeaton.com/

Rebecca at  http://rebeccaberto.com/

Ed at http://cpbialois.wordpress.com/about/

Have fun with it people…

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