Crooked House – Agatha Christie

I must have looked slightly startled, for she seemed amused, and explained by expanding to quotation. “‘And they all lived together in a little crooked house.’ That’s us.” (Page 4) Continue reading “Crooked House – Agatha Christie”

We Bought a Zoo – Benjamin Mee

As they held us in their icy glares, we were impressed. Eventually, one of these vast, muscular cats yawned, flashed those curved dagger canines, and looked away. We remained impressed.
We started back toward the house. The wolves began their eerie night chorus, accompanied by the sounds of owls – there were about fifteen on site – the odd screech of an eagle, and the nocturnal danger call of the vervet monkeys as we walked past their cage. This was what it was all about, we felt.
All we had to do now was work out what to do next. It had been an incredible journey to get there. A new beginning, it also marked the end of a long and tortuous road, involving our whole family.” (Page 3) Continue reading “We Bought a Zoo – Benjamin Mee”

Race to the Bottom of the Sea – Lindsay Eagar

Merrick finished her sentence for her: “What could I possibly want from you?”
Before he could elaborate, he coughed, a string of violent hacks that made Fidelia’s throat tighten in sympathy.
Bloody Elle rushed to his side, holding out a canteen.
But Merrick waved it away. “It won’t make a difference,” he snapped, “and you know it.”
He collapsed in the armchair, panting. He coughed once more, just a tickle, then straightened, locking Fidelia’s gaze with his clashing eyes. “A treasure of mine fell into the sea,” he said, “and you’re going to get it back.”” (Page 86) Continue reading “Race to the Bottom of the Sea – Lindsay Eagar”

Why I didn’t Finish: Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen.” (Page 77)

Title: Jurassic Park
Written by: Michael Crichton
Genre: Hard Science Fiction, Techno-thriller, Horror
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: November 20, 1990
Paperback: 400 pages Continue reading “Why I didn’t Finish: Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton”

Gossamer – by Lois Lowry

Title: Gossamer
Written by: Lois Lowery
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2006
Paperback: 144 pages

She reached out and fluttered her fingers very lightly against him. “And you told me once that my touch was like gossamer.”
… Thin Elderly nodded. “Your touch is exquisitely dainty, Littlest One. I don’t believe I’ve ever known a daintier one…”” (page 78) Continue reading “Gossamer – by Lois Lowry”