Author Archives: jimholroyd365

About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...

“The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin is the pen-name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, who was born in Tbilisi but has spent most of his life in Moscow. This is the first Erast Pietrovich Fandorin mystery. The action is set in 1876. Erast is very … Continue reading

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“Enter Wildthyme” by Paul Magrs

Humour and science fiction is a difficult act to pull off. Even Douglas Adams struggled after the first two Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books. This book is a wacky story, Iris Wildthyme of the title is a time traveller … Continue reading

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down” by Jeff Kinney

If you are familiar with the Wimpy Kid books, Greg needs no introduction,  this is more of the same formula, Greg a middle school slacker wants to sit around playing video games but his parents have other ideas for him. … Continue reading

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“Where’s my Jetpack?” by Daniel H Wilson

For a while this was my chosen reading matter for Reading in the Smallest Room.   Daniel Wilson looks at all the gadgets and suchlike promised in science fiction books and films. Stuff like ray-guns, flying cars and underwater hotels. … Continue reading

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Encylopaediae as raw material for art fun

Does anyone still use print encyclopaediae? There seem to be a lot of people throwing them out. I picked up some volumes of a 1955 Soviet Encyclopaedia for a lari (approx 41 cents)  a piece. My grandchildren Lazare (2) and … Continue reading

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“Nemesis” by Isaac Asimov

Published three years before the death of one of the great masters of sci-fi in 1989, “Nemesis” is a stand alone novel. Unusually for Asimov there is a strong central female character in the shape of Marlene, a plain but … Continue reading

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No books finished in May

It has been a long time since I failed to finish a single book in a month. What has happened is I do most of my reading on the metro and whilst I’m still making many metro journeys, I’ve been … Continue reading

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“The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak

Like In Kate Mosse’s “Labyrinth” here we have two parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century. But the thirteenth century thread is set in Konya not Carcassonne. In the present we have Ella, an unfulfilled Jewish … Continue reading

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“Revival” by Stephen King

Stephen King has written over 50 novels, of which maybe I’ve read half, he is a consummate storyteller. This story builds slowly, starting as a contemporary drama type book that creates complex characters, looks at themes of religion and family, … Continue reading

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“Fugitive Pieces” by Anne Michaels

These Canadian authors have a poetic way with words: Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and now Anne Michaels… This is the story of Jakob Beer, a seven year old Jewish boy in the Polish town of Biskupin, the site of an … Continue reading

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