7 Jun 2014

6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION #3: THE LUMINARIES.



They say every person on the planet is linked to any other in six or fewer steps BUT what about books?

'Books can be linked in obvious ways - for example, books by the same author, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, boos given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge'

Yeah! It's that time of the month again, its 6 Degrees of Separation #3.

Hosted by Emma and Annabel who would love for you to join in the fun (for more information/to post a link to your choices click HERE) this month's book is ......


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'It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery.'

Yet another book that I have yet to read but for me  The Luminaries brings to mind ....

#1 THE GIRL BELOW. Set in England, New Zealand and ultimately a Greek Island, this is another story that is part ghost story part gripping mystery.

#2 THE ISLAND. Read pre-Pen and Paper. A 'Richard & Judy Book Club' read from 2006, this debut novel by Victoria Hislop is set on the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony. 

#3 THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY. Though not usually a big fan of books chosen by Richard and Judy, like The Island, I really enjoyed this Spring 2013 offering.

#4 FORREST GUMP. Just as Harold Fry walks and walks and keeps on walking so Forrest runs and runs and keeps on running. Whilst I've watched the film I've yet to read the book(s).

#5 THE FOLKS OF THE FARAWAY TREE. Set in a magical tree in an Enchanted Forest (OK so technically its a wood) this series of books by Enid Blyton was a childhood favourite of mine.

#6 BEAUTY. A re-working of the Sleeping Beauty story combined with that of several other well known fairy tales unlike the Enchanted Wood the forest in this book is 'dangerous', the trees 'clearly against them in their work'.

Please note: Unless otherwise stated all the links are to books reviewed on Pen and Paper.




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10 comments:

Nina said...

The book cover is beautiful. I like it! I haven't read Forrest Gump, but I did watched the movie and that was years ago. Def. need to watch it again, such a good one.

Kelly said...

Each time you've participated in this meme I've thought how fun it looks. Maybe I will join in eventually!

I hope you do read Forrest Gump. Though I enjoyed the original, I'm not convinced I care to read its sequel.

Anilkumar Kurup said...

When I noticed your comment on "The Luminaries", I thought you posted a review.

The book is lying on my table for three months and more and I stopped reading after about thirty pages and had moved on to other books since.

I guess Is should go back and read that voluminous novel.You provoked me now to read it.

booksaremyfavouriteandbest said...

I like your Forrest/ forest link - clever!

Brian Joseph said...

This is such a fun Meme. I am thinking that if someone took the time to come up with rules it would make a fun interactive game.

I second Nina's comment. That is a great cover.

Kelly @ Orange Pekoe Reviews said...

I really enjoyed your links this month. I personally didn't enjoy The Island but I know that many people did!

DMS said...

What a fascinating cover! You did a great job connecting this one to other books. I haven't read it- but it sounds interesting. :)
~Jess

Claudine G. said...

I like your forest link. The Faraway Tree (or The Enchanted Woods) were a favourite series of mine as well. Love how when the children pressed their ears upon the trunks, they could hear what the trees were whispering.

Suko said...

Tracy, this is a fun meme, and you do a very good, intelligent job with it.

Literary Feline said...

I love how you connected all these books to Luminaries. I can see your line of thinking for each one. :-)