Kindle Worm is Finished

My old Kindle Keyboard with my new Kindle Paperwhite laying on top of it on a green background.Yes folks, i’ve finally finished the making of my new website… Kindle Worm.

So please go and have a look and marvel at the ‘Truly Scrumptious’ webdesign (sorry, couldn’t resist that LOL ) and maybe even get inspired to read a book or two while you’re there.

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The Little White Bird; or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens – J.M. Barrie

I got this book as it is the very book wherein Peter Pan makes his first appearance. The parts of this book that include Peter Pan were published later as ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ which is not to be confused with the full Peter pan story, which was subsequently published as ‘Peter and Wendy’.

I know, it gets quite confusing tracking down the origins of these Vic Lit legends, you get the same shenanigans with ‘Alice in Wonderland’. But, it does add a little challenge to your reading, which would normally just consist of buying a book you like the look of and reading it.

Anyways, i’ve read in some reviews people saying they couldn’t understand this book and they kept on getting confused. Obviously they didn’t factor in that this is written in beautiful Victorian prose and is not some standard contemporary novel. I do feel that in order to fully enjoy Vic Lit then you really need to read a few books to get up to speed on the use of the language by these writers. Most of these books were written by very well educated Victorians, and not the lower classes, and they used the language quite differently to how we use it today with words that have completely escaped the lexicon altogether.

I do humbly believe, that anyone who will take a few books to adjust to Victorian prose will find the effort is well rewarded. Victorian prose is, to my mind at least, the most delightful and eloquent English prose i’ve ever read.

I digress, tangents become me, let’s to the story… ‘The Little White Bird’ is at it’s heart a strange, ‘lost love’ story, that gets played out and revealed through the book. It has our ageing, bachelor, protagonist getting caught up baby sitting a child that he never actually meant to get involved with, and having had no involvement with children and their ways can only cope with them by comparing them to his St Bernard dog, and at times seems to think the St Bernard is far superior in most respects. His adventures with the child, David, are where this book gets it’s other title ‘Adventures in Kensington Gardens’, as they spend a lot of time there.

Throughout the beautiful Victorian prose there is an undoubted light heartedness, a certain tongue in cheekness, to this book, that is both captivating and enjoyable, and using that it’s descriptiveness of the habits of Victorian upper class children and their wards within Kensington Gardens at that time is delightful – Barrie is a master wordsmith.

Oddly, although it was the reason for reading this book in the first place, i found the Peter Pan bit, and it is only a bit, to be a tiny bit annoying as i got so enthralled in the every day descriptions of Victorian life around Kensington Gardens and our protagonist’s story that i just wanted to get away from the habits of Peter Pan and the fairies and back to the habits of the humans. At the same time, it is also something i wouldn’t have wanted left out, as it gives the full back story of Peter Pan, how he came to be and why he is like he is.

All in all, an absolute must for anyone who enjoys Victorian Literature, it really is an absolute gem. And also an absolute must for anyone who loves Peter Pan and wants the full history of the character in the context from which he first flew.

And did i mention, this Kindle version is completely free – what’s not to like?

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Gingerbread – Robert Dinsdale

Having been totally blown away by Robert’s 3rd book, ‘The Toymakers’ i put him into ‘Bookbub’ as one of my saved writers and when this, Robert’s 2nd book, popped up, i didn’t need asking twice to read more of Robert’s words.

And i wasn’t disappointed.

As with ‘The Toymakers’ there’s the PTSD element in one of the main characters and how that affects their lives and the people in it. Or, as Robert described it in his interview at the end of this book…

…those wild, desperate places that people learn to bury inside themselves so that, after having endured terrible things, they can find a way to live on.

And Robert does this masterfully, and he does so in a prose that is accessible, flowing, easy to read, and with that perfect level of descriptiveness that the story needs.

Within the story that is ‘Gingerbread’, there are tales being told from a grandfather to his grandson. Tales at first that seem just that, folklore and myth. But as we go through the main story the little tales that grandfather tells reveal something far more.

At times this book is harrowing, it moves you, and deeply, or at least if you have any compassion it will.

At the end of any book, the question the reader has to ask themselves is this, do i want to read more from this writer. And in the case of ‘Gingerbread’, and ‘The Toymakers’ before it, the answer was a definite, ‘Absolutely’. I’m absolutely certain i’m going to be reading Robert’s 1st book in the not too distant future, and i’m also very much looking forward to many more incredible books from Robert in the years ahead – 11/10.

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Bridge of Sighs – Laura Morelli

This was a free offering from Laura for signing up to her newsletter when i got to the end of ‘The Gondola Maker’.

As shorts go it’s a good well written piece in much the same style as ‘The Gondola Maker’ at around the same time and place.

My only gripe is that i wanted more – which is a complement. It would certainly have made a great first chapter to a much more deeper look into Venice, and Europe, at the time of the Black Death.

Although Laura’s thing is art, so she’s probably not planning to write a full novel on bubonic plague.

Anyways, i’m looking forward to getting around to reading ‘The Painter’s Apprentice’ in the not too distant. I’m definitely a fan of Laura’s Venice. More please!

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Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany

One of the most imaginative sci-fi novels i’ve ever read..

I only bought it because i was looking for a book i read about 30 years ago that i can’t remember the title of and thought this may have been it, but it wasn’t. But i’m certainly not disappointed to have picked up the wrong book.

There’s all kinds of sub-genres in sci-fi and i’m not really sure where this one would fit. It’s mostly a deep dive into linguistics, as in how words and language are used and the meanings they convey, and Samuel does a wonderful exploration throughout the book.

It also takes in the future body modification – some interesting things going in this book, and does bring to mind some amazing potential within current science for the future body mod industry. The real future is certainly going to be interesting.

Anyways, well worth a read, and definitely worth it’s place in the ‘SF Masterworks’ series of books.

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A Child at Heart – Christopher Phillips

Or to give it its full title… ‘A Child at Heart: Unlocking Your Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason at Every Age and Stage of Life’.

Those of us interested in longevity and remaining young, fit and healthy as long as possible, realise early on that it all begins in the mind. If the mind is not on board for an extended lifespan then the brain and body simply isn’t going to go there.

While this book doesn’t look specifically into the longevity benefits of a youthful mind it still has plenty to teach us. This book is a wonderfully detailed look at the minds of all stages and ages of life and how we interact with each other – and Christopher isn’t shy of giving plenty of thoughts on what is wrong with our current view and treatment of young people and how that is impacting on adults and society as a whole. As Christopher is a parent himself this book does give a few thoughts on parenting without being preachy about anything and i would definitely recommend it for parents or aspiring parents.

But Christopher is also very clearly a Socratic philosopher, and this book, i feel, continues the ideas of Socrates in how society, not just parents, should relate to and listen to young people. I do find it incredibly disheartening that after more than 2000 years since Socrates execution for simply doing what Christopher prescribes in this book that adults still aren’t engaging with young people and giving them their rightful place within society. And then adult society has the audacity to blame young people for causing the problems.

Whether you’re a parent, a philosopher, a youth worker, or someone simply interested in creating a better world, this book is a very good read and well worth getting a copy.

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The Gondola Maker: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice – Laura Morelli

I’ve never been to Venice and other than, it’s got canals, i know nothing about the place, so i can genuinely say that it’s not required to enjoy this book.

Our protagonist, Luca, is the oldest son of one of Venices finest gondola makers, and when he completely burns his bridges (literally) on his future at his family’s squero he is left homeless and penniless. Refusing to leave the city he needs to find a way to survive and rebuild his life.

We then follow Luca’s ups and downs as he takes the reader on a journey around 16th century Venice through every layer of life.

It’s certainly not a book of twists and turns and subplots and stuff, it’s really quite a simple story. But it is a wonderfully written story that gives the reader a real feel of life in Venice from the view of the working gondoliers and those they interact with that make this book so compelling.

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Magnificent Devices Bundle, Volume 1 – Shelley Adina

While i found most of this rather ridiculous, like Clair, our 17 year old protagonist, is James Bond on super miraculous, mentally and physically, performance enhancing drugs or something, it is still at the same time a rather enjoyable read. 12 days to get through 4 books isn’t too shabby for me so it obviously kept me turning the pages.

If you’re wanting a serious read then i would stay well clear. But if you’re wanting something that just passes away the hours without you taking it seriously then this might be for you. I think, ‘silly’ might be a good term to use in describing these books. But that’s not to use ‘silly’ in a bad way, sometimes a bit of ‘silly’ is a good thing in a world like ours – maybe we could all use a dose of ‘silly’ now and again.

The plus side is that the characters quite likeable, although the baddies always seem to be a complete bunch of buffoons while the goodies are simply incredible in every possible way – again, making one not take it at all too seriously.

Am i going to read the rest of the series? Yes, i’ll certainly come back for more at a later date when i’m in the mood for something silly like this. But right now i really do need to read something a bit more complex and beleiveable.

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Meadowland: the private life of an English field – John Lewis-Stempel

A beautiful book from a wonderful writer.

The reader is transported to a working Herefordshire farm where they journey through the life of a real, English meadow from Jan 1st to Dec 31st, wonderfully detailing what most wouldn’t notice but what, to a meadow, are crucially important aspects of its eco system.

Sadly, and i mean extremely so, farmers like John are being driven out and intensive farming is systematically destroying not only the countryside fauna and flora, but also England as a sustainable island. But it is heartening to know that the real countryside and those that care for it are still out there and keeping these isolated islands of Nature alive so that hopefully, one day, if its not too late, we can wake up and stop the intensive farming and remake our countryside – fingers crossed.

I will certainly be reading more of John’s books in the future and totally recommend this one to anyone with even the slightest interest in the Nature of rural England.

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Temporal Contingency (Big Sigma Book 4) – Joseph Lallo

Another great addition to this incredible series.

I’m not usually a fan of temporal sci-fi stuff as most of what’s out there tends to run up its own arse and leave the reader or viewer with their heads shoved up there’s, but this book doesn’t feel like that – Joseph plays some great temporal ‘get out of jail free cards’ that certainly worked for me.

And he’s really pushing the boat out with ‘Ma’ on this one. She’s definitely become my favourite fictional AI.

Anyways, great stuff, and can’t wait for Big Sigma #5 and the next chapter in Ma’s life – which i hope isn’t too long in coming.

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