Month: June 2016

language café

We arrive five minutes past, and there’s only a man and a woman sitting at one of the tables. Apart from them, the whole place is quite deserted. ‘Do you think it’s them…?’ I ask Man, and he looks at me, the mere hint of a shrug in his eyes and his shoulders. ‘Could be.’ He finally answers. I walk all the way around the place, from one room to the other and back to the starting point again. ‘Well, there’s nobody else around, so it’s either them or nobody else… Shall we ask?’ ‘You want to ask?’ Oh no, not this time, mister, I tell myself. Not this time. I’m always the one doing the asking, and you the one wriggling out of it. But not this time. ‘You do it this time’ And I smile my best, most alluring smile at him. He grimaces, retraces his steps and approaches their table. By the time I get round the connecting tunnel and back into the main room, there’s laughter all around. But no, it …

books acquired

  With holidays coming up soon, and as if I haven’t already got something of a reading backlog, stocking up on reading material never seemed so justified (though not according to my husband, to the kitties, or indeed to my poor, already-bursting-at-the-seams Kindle…). So, unable to resist all there is out there to be read, and in case that, come the day, I didn’t feel like reading any of the books I already have, I went on a bit of an e-shopping spree for some light reading. Here are my latest e-book acquisitions: 1 . Kat Gordon, The Artificial Anatomy of Parks [Kindle Edition, £0.99] I was intrigued by the title of the book, which made me stop for a little while and consider a park in its fullness and entirety and how adequately, suddenly, the word anatomy seems to fit in in its description. The title stuck in my mind and, when looking for summer bargains, the book popped up again; I reread the synopsis and it seemed interesting; I checked the rating, and it is …

The Bees ~ Laline Paull

Blurb: Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, meaning her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden… Laline Paull’s chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, ‘The Bees’ is the story of a heroine who changes her destiny and her world. § …