Posted by: Genny Colby | April 19, 2013

What I am Reading Friday…

Well, this was a slow week for me.  Not sure why, but it could have something to do with a teething baby who is up at least once in the middle of the night, thus causing my eyes to begin to droop at about 9pm.  Or the fact that I have been putting in some hours on my daughter’s cross stitch project.  So far this week I have put in about 6 hours on this…and almost completed a 2 inch by 2 inch square section!  It takes more time to get the string set up on this section, to stitch two stitches of a color, then tie it off and start again!

But, back to books.  It was with some sadness that I had to set aside Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare in order to start our next book club book, since we are meeting just 2 weeks.  So now I am reading The Map of Time by Felix Palma.  Oh my, what an intriguing book!  You can read the description on Goodreads here.  It is an interesting book.  The author enlists a narrator as a story device, which does not always work, but here, it is fun how the narrator sometimes steps outside his role and talks to the reader, fills in the gaps, adds a little wit or satire, and in general just add a level of interaction to the story.   You don’t get drawn into the story in the same way, like you ARE the character, but more like you are watching these events as the happen through a window.  That isn’t to say that you are not invested in the story or the characters, because you do, but it is a different way to view the story.  This is especially helpful I think because you are just following one or two characters through the story, but rather a whole host of different characters.  Each character has their own story, their own history, as such this narrative device allows the story to switch characters, points of view easily, smoothly, yet still keeping the different stories connected.  I am excited to be able to stay awake long enough to read this one!  And it is the start of a proposed trilogy, with the second book having been released last fall.  So, another book to add to my to read list!

Here is to a nice weekend relaxing with a good book…that can happen with two small kids, right?

The Map of Time

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