Six degrees of separation:
from an Australian gang to a Brit
who never told a lie!
Time for another quirky variation on this meme.
The book we are starting from speaks is about a famous Australian gang, and I end up with a classic full of humor about a Brit who said he never told a lie! Can you guess who these people are?
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month).
Here are my own quirky rules:
1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck
Click on the covers
links will send you to my review or to the relevant page
This is the book we are supposed to start from.
I have not read it, and I am not planning to.
“In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.”
Click on the covers to read my review
or the relevant page
1. Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer, by Margalit Fox
VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.
2. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives, by Matt Richtel
For once, this is not a book that I have read, but that I added to my TBR (In February).
Here is just a short paragraph from the synopsis:
“A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune system–the key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind book, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist.”
3. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables, by David Bellos
It is very sad I never reviewed it!
If you love Les Misérables, especially the book itself, this is a MUST read, with so much fabulous background information. And so well written by a very gifted translator.
4. A Novel Bookstore, by Laurence Cossé
The end was a bit disappointing for me, though the concept of the boo is really neat.
5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
VERDICT: The most yummy book I have read this year. Cook and learn French at the same time!
6. Meet Mr. Mulliner, by P.G. Wodehouse
I read several books by Wodehouse about twenty years ago, this one among others, and really enjoyed it a lot. To be honest, I really can’t remember a thing, except that I had great laughs. Listing it here is a great reminder that I really need to go back to Wodehouse.
According to his own statement, Mr. Mulliner never told a lie…
A fun self-description to end up with, when we started with a famous infamous Australian gang…