Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Why I have it: No idea
Summary: Teenage Mexican girl and Panamanian boy fall in love. Their immigrant families are not thrilled, thinking they should be more focused on the ‘American dream’ than each other.
I’m thinking: No – the writing is fine it just didn’t grab me.
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
Why I have it: Because it’s rare that the ABC Book Club were unanimous about a book (in fact, it only happened 11 times in eight years).
Summary: Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy… He is soon dragged into an underworld of dæmons and suspicious characters.
I’m thinking: Maybe. Not my usual thing but it does start well.
The Locals by Jonathan Dee
Why I have it: I like Dee… not sure how this new one slipped my attention.
Summary: The story of a contractor/ home restorer and a wealthy financier and how their worlds collide following 9/11.
I’m thinking: No. What’s happened, Dee? The dialogue was clunky.