Tag Archives: fiction

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Book Club Discussion Questions

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Set in Edinburgh in the  1930s, Esme is one of two daughters in the Lennox family.  Esme and her older sister Kitty are […]

The Book Thief Book Club Discussion Questions

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Set in Germany as Hitler and Nazi power change the landscape and cultural identity of millions. The reader is introduced to Liesel Meminger by he most unlikely of narrators. He […]

Paris Architect

The Paris Architect is set in the City of Lights during the bleak World War II period when Paris becomes the City of Darkness. Nazi-occupied France forces Parisians to choose allegiance for the sole purpose of survival. Lucien is an egotistical architect and not a very likeable one at that. When we first meet him at the […]

The Virgin & the gypsy

D.H. Lawrence was one of the most important English novelists of the first quarter of the twentieth century. He is known particularly for his novels and short stories dealing with sex, relationships and the psychological and physical aspects. He was one of the earliest of the modern English novelists to employ the principles of psychoanalysis […]

John Steinbeck’s Pearl

When Kino, a humble fisherman finds a great pearl, he becomes the envy of the town. In the shining surface of the magnificent pearl, Kino imagines great prospects. He and his wife will be married in a church, their son Coyotito will go to school and learn to read and write and he will be […]

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men, written in 1937 is typical of his style, writing about labourers and ordinary people struggling for their livelihood. Of Mice and Men is the story of two itinerant farm labourers, an unlikely pair, who form a strong aliegance and share a desire for a small farm of their […]

The Son by Jo Nesbo

Highly recommend!  A page turner! The Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author has written a fast paced thriller with a strong plot! Excellent conclusion! Nesbo’s standalone new thriller “The Son” is outstanding and equally enjoyable if not better than the author’s cleverly written Inspector Harry Hole series. When Sonny Lofthus was a teenager he was catapulted […]

April online ebook club wrap-up – Life of Pi

This month’s online ebook club book was Life of Pi by Yann Martel I had very mixed opinions on this. I found the survival story generally entertaining and yet at times I felt it dragged. This is not, however, essentially a survival story though you could easily be led to believe it is. It is […]

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April online ebook club – Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This month’s online ebook club read is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This bestselling novel follows the story of a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, who, following the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in which his family were killed, is stuck on a lifeboat with a Hyena, Zebra, Orang-Utan and a 450-pound Bengal […]

Tim Winton’s Eyrie

EYRIE by Tim Winton  Having previously enjoyed reading several of Winton’s novels I starting reading his latest, ‘Eyrie’ with keen anticipation. My initial reaction after a couple of chapters was that he was just trying too hard to live up to or surpass his previous works, with overly graphic descriptions and sometimes startling adjectives. Perseverence, […]


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