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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 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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There’s a Hebrew saying : Hold a book in your hand and you’re a pilgrim at the gates of  a new city.

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“Squall” by Sean Costello

This is a fast paced action thriller. Dale, an incompetent drug dealer with his junkie girlfriend botch a deal and head to a lakeside cabin to lay low. They are pursued by a couple of psychopathic Indian hitmen of the … Continue reading

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“The Discreet Hero” by Mario Vargas Llosa

In 2010 the Peruvian writer, Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Despite the laureates, this novel is quite  straightforward and even at times has elements of a telenovella. Our discreet hero is Felícito Yanaque, a man who wakes … Continue reading

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“Valhalla Rising” by Clive Cussler

I didn’t think they made books like this anymore. It reminds me of the seventies adventure thrillers, I used to read by Alistair MacLean and others. This is a Dirk Pitt novel. Dirk is a kind of invincible protagonist in … Continue reading

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” by Jeff Kinney

This is the 10th book of the Wimpy Kid series and it seems to be getting a little jaded. Here we have Greg’s mum leading a drive against technology, again. She takes around a petition to try to persuade people … Continue reading

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“The Bat” by Jo Nesbo

A Scandinavian crime thriller with a difference, this one is set far from the fjords in the “Lucky Country” of Australia. The Lucky Country didn’t prove too lucky for Inger Holter, a Norwegian girl on a gap year in Sydney, … Continue reading

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“Shoot the Moon” by Billie Letts

“Shoot the moon” is a term from dominoes, where a player tries to win all 7 tricks…a high risk strategy (shoot the moon in dominoes) In California Mark Albright, has a successful and lucrative career as a vet in Beverly … Continue reading

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