Violet Mackerel is a quirky little character whose adventures and plots are quite small scale and her reasons for having them are about her coveting things little girls like. Her family is charming and the illustrations add delightfully to the story. For newish readers who aren’t interested in or want a change from fairies and mermaids. Violet Mackerel is very real. It comes as a pretty little hardback, so would make a perfect gift. $19.95
Daily Archives: March 2, 2011
Thought provoking and different are the best words to describe the shortlisted Giller Prize novel, Player One. Re-known for his philosophical and ethical books, Douglas Coupland’s latest creation does not disappoint.
Told from five different points of view, it is the story of a global disaster and it’s immediate impact on these people in an airport lounge. We are taken inside each characters head and are privy to their internal monologues as their lives are changed forever.
It is told in real time over the course of five hours. Player One has a slightly science-fiction/futuristic style but ultimately this book is about real human emotions and how we desperately try to find the answers to life’s endless number of seemingly unanswerable questions.