The first Saturday of the month is time for #6 degrees hosted by Kate booksaremybestandfavourite.
By some chance of the blue moon, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was the January pick for PocketBook Club. I listened to it which was a bit confusing at first, but eventually, I got my head around the book’s lack of narrator and liked the book hell of a lot. In it are a lot of ghosts who do not know they are dead and are unable to ‘move on’.
Another book about a ghost unable to move on is The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold which is a book about grief and love. Peter Jackson made it into a movie and I knew he would do a good job of it because I had seen his Heavenly Creatures which is the true story of two teenage girls who murder one of their mothers.
One of the girls served her time in prison and changed her name to Anne Perry who now writes detective novels, for instance, The Face of a Stranger about an amnesiac private investigator William Monk. I have not read it, or any of her books but the idea of her fascinates me.
Chopper Read also turned his hand from criminal activities to writing books, Chopper: From the Inside, to name one at random. I have not read any of Chopper’s books. I did see the movie with Eric Bana playing Chopper.
Eric was also in a movie called The Time Traveler’s Wife which was based on a book by Audrey Niffenegger. I have read this one. Phew. I thought I was getting off track for a while. I do like time travel stories. They are so timey wimey.
HG Wells popularised the idea of time travel and coined the term ‘time machine’ (according to Wikipedia) in his book from 1895, The Time Machine. I read it so long ago I don’t remember it well. It’s old.
Not quite as old as A Study in Scarlet, the 1887 novel in which Conan Doyle introduced Sherlock Holmes. Which makes me think of Benedict Cumberbatch. It does not take much to make me think of Cumberbatch. I don’t need an excuse.
Next month, The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.