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Blood of Flowers Free Book Giveaway

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on May 31, 2008
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Nyssaneala at Book Haven is giving away this wonderful sounding book for free. Click on the link below for her review of the book and details about the giveaway. Hurry, it’s only open until Friday, June 6th, at 5pm EST.

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Jan is hosting the A Well-Rounded Challenge

This Challenge is to help challenge addicts like myself to finish reading at least one book from six different challenges.

Here are the rules as posted on the challenge blog:

Any combination of challenges works.
You must be signed up with the other challenges.
You may listen to eAudio, cassette tapes or compact discs.
You may read all six books from the same challenge.
To be well-rounded however means stretching yourself to include as many challenges (and books) as you can fit into this six month time frame.
You don’t have to blog or write a review (but you can if you want to).
Even if a challenge begins after July you may use it for this challenge.
Even if a challenge ends after 12/31/08 you may use it for this challenge.


Here are the 6 challenges and books I plan to read from:

TBR 2008: Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje


Books Around the World: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

I’ve Heard it Through the Grapevine Challenge: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Raved About Reading Challenge: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on May 25, 2008
Posted in Books Read 2008CanadaCharacter StudyElizabeth HayHistorical Fiction  | 17 Comments

Deeply Moving and True to Life

Its 1975 Yellowknife where Harry arrives on the scene to temporarily manage the small town radio station, back where his radio career started. When he arrives, he is enchanted by an exotic and sensual female voice on the air, that of Dido. He falls instantly in love but finds out that Dido is more than what her voice portrays.

There is also Eleanor, the wise and supportive receptionist, Gwen the woman who drove cross-country hoping for a producer job behind the scenes, but instead is put on as an amateur announcer, and there is Ralph the book critic and photographer. Of course, Yellowknife is also a central character with its beauty and biting cold.

In the background, we learn about the real life controversy of the proposed Mackenzie River Valley natural gas line, which threatens to go into the Arctic and destroy native people’s land. We also learn the rich history of the extraordinary explorer John Hornby, which prompts Harry, Eleanor, Gwen, and Ralph into an ambitious and difficult 6-week journey through the harsh climate on foot and by canoe.

Throughout the entire book Elizabeth Hay allows us to get to know and love the richly-textured characters that come to life. I felt as if I was part of the book as I was reading it. Having to bundle up when reading about the harsh winters and in awe of the beauty both sounds and sights that Hay paints. The characters seem like people who are true to life, which makes the book very readable and believable.

Hay won the prestigious Giller Prize for this work and I couldn’t agree more. This book is a must read and will appeal to readers of literary fiction, fine character studies, and historical fiction alike. This was my first voyage through Elizabeth Hay and it has left me yearning for more by this outstanding author.
5/5



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