It is #6degrees time and I am here to play again.
This month’s starting point is Shopgirl by Steve Martin. Yes, that Steve Martin. I have learned that Steve Martin is an actor, comedian, banjo player and writer. Shop Girl is a novella published in 2000 and I have not read it.
However, I have read the memoir Yes Please written by the another comedian Amy Poehler. I really wish I hadn’t read it. It was voted last year’s least loved book in the Pocket Book Club. Perhaps we have no sense of humour. She just didn’t seem to have anything interesting or funny to say.
Unlike Augusten Burroughs who writes memoir warts and all and happens to be funny too. His story about confusing Santa and Jesus in his collection of short stories You Better Not Cry is laugh-out-loud funny. Maybe I do have a sense of humour after all. Every one of the stories has Christmas at the centre of the events or happens at Christmas time.
Not many books have Christmas at the centre of them, however, I think Christmas might feature in every one of the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling. In particular, the party in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which is my favourite because I think Snape is one of the most interesting characters in the series. I am, by the way, Ravenclaw. That means I am wise and witty. So I do have a sense of humour. You can buy audible books with Stephen Fry reading ALL the Harry Potter novels.
I know this because I have been listening to Stephen Fry read ALL of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories. That is a mammoth 72 hours of listening. I have even been dreaming about Sherlock Holmes. It is getting a little out of hand. Stephen Fry is a good reader and can even do a passable Australian accent. I seem to have some back round to comedians again. It is fascinating to listen/read as Conan Doyle grows as a writer through the Sherlock books and to witness some of the earliest detective fiction as Sherlock also grows as a character.
I also just finished reading Angela Slatter’s Vigil which is billed as a fantasy but I think owes as much to the hard-boiled gumshoe detectives genre. With a twist of the Weyrd. Vigil is set in Brisbane which is fun for me as it is my home city. I can’t think of many books set in Brisbane. Only a handful.
Tirra Lirra by River by Queenslander Jessica Anderson is a lovely book about both escaping and returning to Brisbane. I think there should be more books set in sub-tropical Brisbane.
Well, that was some journey. From Beverly Hills department store to the Brisbane suburbs.
If you want to play #6degrees it is easy. Check out the rules at books are my best and favourite.