Six degrees of separation: from truth to a notebook

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Six degrees of separation:
from truth to a notebook

This month, we are supposed to start with the last book on our last chain, so for me, that was this awesome nonfiction on Conan Doyle – which is kind of neat, as I’m also participating in Nonfiction November.

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).

See where it led me, on the other side of the pond!

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
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

   Conan Doyle for the Defense  Aleppo Codex

  99 ways to tell a story   Ninety-three  

  Black Coffee    the-black-notebook

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
VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.

2. The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession Faith and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
Do you like a good mystery? Do you like “serious” books about things that actually happened? Do you have lots of commuting time? Well, these are three reasons you have to listen to this book!

3. 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
 Raymond Queneau and his famous Exercices de Style (Exercises in Style) is a great representative of the Oulipo movement: he takes one short and simple event, and then retells that same thing in 99 different styles.
Matt Madden does a fantastic job by doing the exact same thing, but this time all in different variations with graphics and comics. Loved it! 

4. [ok, I kind of cheated, I went from ninety-9 to ninety-3)
Ninety-Three
Most people read Les Misérables (at best), but have you also red Ninety-Three?
The last of Victor Hugo’s novels, it is regarded by many including as his greatest work. I recently revisited it to study with one of my students. Really good!

5. Black Coffee: A Mystery Play in Three Acts (Hercule Poirot #7)

I actually just finished reading this one!
As you may know, I’m into a project of listening to all of Hercule Poirot’s stories and novels, for The Classics Club. I hit an obstacle when I got to #7:  it is listed as a play, and I could see it was indeed played during Agatha Christie’s lifetime, but I could find no audio recording, nor even any play on videos. I would end up each time on a novel adaptation of this play, by another author! Even though this adaptation is famous, I still wanted to read the original play. As usual, my public library managed to find the precious book!
I wonder why no one seems to play this any more, it was a lot of fun. It was neat to see Hercule Poirot in a play setting. The mystery was very satisfying, with obviously lots of red herrings and a good amount of potential guilty parties.
“The story concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up with a formula for an atom bomb (Black Coffee was written in 1934!). In the first act, Sir Claude is poisoned (in his coffee, naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie tradition.”

 

6. The Black Notebook

VERDICT: Great typical book by Modiano. The excellent translation lets you plunge in Modiano’s hazy labyrinth between past and present.

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Six degrees of separation: from the screw to the deerstalker

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Six degrees of separation:
from the screw to the deerstalker

Yeah, feels good to be back!
I finally found time to join this meme – last time was in March.

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), I started with a famous classic and ended up with the detective with the deerstalker!

Will you dare follow me to track them?

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
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

  The Turn of the Screw No Turning Back

  No Woods So Dark As These A Walk in the Woods

  The Most Beautiful Walk Conan Doyle for the Defense

1. The Turn of the Screw
A classic om my Classics Club TBR, I hope to read it soon!

2. No Turning Back
I did cheat a bit, from turn to turning

VERDICT: With a nice flow in the writing and rich diversity of genre and content, Dan Burns offers a captivating collection of short stories. A great invitation to lean forward and jump.

3. No Woods So Dark As These
VERDICT: Not your usual page-turner: Randall Silvis is great at mixing crime and metaphysics.

4. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
From my review (that was 10 years ago, and I was not writing a “verdict” back then!):
Bryson writes very well, he’s so funny and witty, while giving you great information at the same time, such as ecological, historical, and geological facts in this book.
NB: I did end up walking a bit on the Appalachian Trail!

5. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
From my review:
I really enjoyed very much his book, full not only of fun and personal anecdotes, but also rich in plenty of cultural, historical,  and literary references.
It really gives you the desire to pack and go, and follow him with his book as a guide, through the fun tours, well organized.
It reminded me that, as he says, the best walk is the one you make up yourself.

6. 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
VERDICT: A must read for all Sherlock Holmes’ fan. A well researched piece of literary critique.

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Six degrees of separation: From a wolf to tales

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Six degrees of separation:
From a wolf to tales

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), I started with somebody a wolf(e) and ended up with tales, which makes total sense.
Will you follow the wolf with me?

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
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

 Wolfe Island Five on a Treasure Island

 Five-finger Discount French house

fairy-tales Canterbury tales

1. Wolfe Island
I hadn’t paid attention before to what this book was about. Actually, I may end up reading this dystopian novel. Should I?
By the same author, I read Salt Creek. I almost gave it 4 stars, great writing, but it was so so sad!

2. Five of a Treasure Island
My favorite series as a kid!

3. Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History
“I understand now why this book has been on the Book Club shelf of my library for a long time: it is both so funny and so true, and seems to describe very well a page of Americana one may not always be proud of.”

4. The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All
VERDICTWith hauntingly beautiful descriptions of a tiny French island and its inhabitants, this book will take you to a different place, and might even inspire you to reconsider your life and finally follow your dreams where you and your family can become whole.

5. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition
VERDICT: Remarkable anthology of famous fairy tales as reinterpreted by French authors of the Decadent movement. Fascinating and very enjoyable example of comparative literature at its best.

6. The Canterbury Tales
A witty satire of the English society and Church of the 14th century.

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