Sample Saturday – some for the Around the World challenge

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 Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff

Why I have it: Spotted at A Life in Books.

Summary: Inspired by a travelling Vaudeville company, window dresser Colton Kemp decides to raise his children to be living mannequins.

I’m thinking: No – a little too gothic for my liking.

Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena

Why I have it: Spotted at Madame Bibi.

Summary: The effects of Soviet rule on a single individual. A woman denied her professional calling. A troubled mother-daughter relationship.

I’m thinking: Yes.

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

Why I have it: Was included on this list.

Summary: A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. A suitor visits but he has an assassin on his tail.

I’m thinking: Maybe – is it going to get all mythological on me?


12 responses

    • Seems that retellings of mythological stories is a bit of a trend lately – not something I usually go for. The premise of The Porpoise is terrific but My feeling was that the tone would change pretty quickly as the story progressed.

  1. You haven’t mentioned your around the world challenge for a while, where are you up to? I think peripatetic teacher son found a Morocco novel, if he’s home for xmas I’ll get him to look out a Malawi one.

    • I’ve done 41 countries (read a book for Morocco but not Malawi). It’s getting more and me tricky although there are a few gaps that should be easy, such as New Zealand.

  2. I’ve just started The Porpoise and it’s pretty gripping so far. It’s a bit more dramatic than I expected (more action, less introspection) but definitely engaging.

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