Vernicious Knids

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Which is worthy of my yen?!

Bearette recently mentioned that she wouldn't mind seeing my Amazon Japan wishlist...but in the interests of interactivity and the coyness of my nature I've turned a simple request into a quasi-complicated blog entry - that involves a lot of reading on your behalf!

The following 5 books (with italicised snapshots courtesy of stolen from
Amazon) are currently in my 348 item wishlist:

The Book of the Heathen - Robert Edric: "At a declining British outpost in the Congo, a man stands accused of murdering a young native girl. The prisoner, Nicholas Frere, an intelligent and once-respected employee, denies none of the charges. His sole remaining friend, James Frasier (the narrator), is the only one who has not already judged and condemned Frere. Everyone around him, from fellow employees to the local trade baron and the deranged priest of a local mission, seems to have a suspiciously motivated interest in Frere's upcoming trial and fate."

Memoirs of Cleopatra - Margaret George: "Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in this lush, sweeping, and richly detailed saga. Told in Cleopatra's own voice, this is a mesmerizing tale of ambition, passion, and betrayal, which begins when the twenty-year-old queen seeks out the most powerful man in the world, Julius Caesar, and does not end until, having survived the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of the second man she loves, Marc Antony, she plots her own death rather than be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome."

The Hamilton Case - Michelle de Kretser: "Sam Obeysekere, a lawyer from Ceylon in the middle of the last century who "strove to perfect a performance that never deceived its audience." Obeysekere's narrative starred himself as a British gentleman, a latter-day Sherlock Holmes, in fact, but it was all too elementary, both to his fellow Ceylonese and to the British colonists on the island, that the brown-skinned, stiff-collared "native" was not the right kind of gentleman. These dueling narratives come together in the infamous Hamilton case. Would Obeysekere's role in this murder investigation ensure his favored position among the British elite, or would it expose the folly of his dreams?"

Pillars of Salt - Fadia Faqir: "She interweaves ancient Arabic storytelling traditions, with Muslim and Christian theological sources and modern facts, to capture an alternative picture of Jordanian history - the continuing repression of Arab women whose daily contributions to the nation's economy and struggle for independence are stifled in a male-dominated society. This is the story of two women, a Bedouin peasant named Maha from the Jordan Valley, and Um Saad, wife of a prosperous butcher in Amman. They are forced to share a room in the Amman mental hospital to which they have been confined before and after the British Mandate of 1921."

The Vintner's Luck - Elizabeth Knox: "One summer evening in 1808, Sobran Jodeau stumbles through his family's vineyard in Burgundy, filled with wine and love sorrows. As Sobran sways in a drunken swoon, an angel appears out of nowhere to catch him.Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production. But Xas turns out to be far more mysterious than angelic."
I'm sure you all agree they all look equally compelling...but what I want to know is the next time I click and buy... which one should I put in my virtual basket?



  • At 2:01 am, Blogger Bearette24 said…

    Interesting...I can see you have a historical bent :) I guess I'm pretty contemporary, but The Book of the Heathen looks good.

  • At 10:06 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Bearette: I love historical fiction and I enjoy reading books based in different areas of the world...thanks for the vote!

  • At 4:20 am, Blogger Amy said…

    I think the last one looks the most interesting (to me at least). Lots of good choices, though I have heard of none of them!

  • At 9:44 am, Blogger Chelsea said…

    My Mama's faves of all time include





    She has many more but, my paws are sore already

  • At 11:28 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Amy: Elizabeth Knox is a New Zealand author and this book is her first to be published in the US, The Vintner's Luck is her 5th book. As all 5 of these are in my wishlist I'll definitely be buying all of them at some stage! At the moment I'm leaning towards Pillars of Salt first...because of the state of our world right now. Thanks for voting.

    Chelsea: I've read the first 2 and funnily enough the 3rd one is also on my wishlist...thanks for typing despite the sore paws!


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