There are a few books I’ve read recently that I want to talk about, but I don’t really want to write full reviews on them. So I thought that 3 quick reviews would be the perfect solution, with a quick synopsis, my thoughts and what star rating I gave it.
The Time Keeper by Mitch Alborn
Synopsis: Dor is punished for trying to measure time and is banished to a cave fore thousands of years where he must listen to everyone who wants more time. Dor becomes Father Time. He gets his chance for freedom but must help 2 people first; one who has given up on life and the other who can’t let go.
Thoughts: The Time Keeper was incredibly powerful and thought provoking. We spend so much time rushing about and complaining how little time we have but really we should be appreciating and making the most of what we have. It was beautifully written and was utterly compelling. Possible my favourite book of the year so far!
Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman by M C Beaton
Synopsis: We join Agatha again as she tries to solve a mysterious murder at a local amateur dramatic society pantomime performance. In her usual style Agatha finds clues, feuds and secrets that bring her closer and closer to find the killer and danger!
Thoughts: I picked this up to get me out of a slump (that was in part caused by reading The Time Keeper and not being able to pick anything else up!) and it certainly did the trick; although I’m still not reading as much as normal it certainly stopped my slump getting any worse! Light hearted and predictable the newer books in the series aren’t nearly as good as the first few books, but are still a cosy and enjoyable read.
One Night In Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Synposis (taken from goodreads):A jubilant Moscow is celebrating the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler when gunshots ring out though the city’s crowded streets. In the shadow of the Kremlin, a teenage boy and girl are found dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the children of high-ranking Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school, which Stalin’s own children attended, is an enclave of privilege—but, as the deaths reveal, one that hides a wealth of secrets. Were these deaths an accident, a suicide pact . . . or murder?
Thoughts: I thought it was a bit slow to get going, but about 100 pages in I was gripped and couldn’t put it down. It was a fascinating look into Stalinist Russia and the terror that people faced, while still focusing on the characters and not just the historical context (I especially loved the The Little Professor!).As a History and International Politics graduate (with my main focus having been 20th Century history) and having always had a real interest in modern Russian history this book was the perfect choice for me. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Russian history, that enjoys historical fiction.
I hope that you enjoyed my quick reviews, I think that I will do more reviews like this in the future. Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Comments, thoughts and suggestions are always welcome!
Thanks for reading…