Pamela’s Picks: The Flavia de Luce Mysteries

 

 

I’ve always enjoyed series books from my earliest days since my parents read me the Little Grey Rabbit books by Alison Uttley. Then as I grew up I read other series on my own and enjoyed detective series like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. Now I am enjoying a current mystery series – the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley. Flavia is a young motherless girl growing up in 1950s England in a run down mansion with her father and two sisters. Her great interest is chemistry and she often uses this a way to solve the mysteries that she comes across. What I enjoy most about this series is that Flavia actually grows up and matures unlike Nancy Drew who solved thousands of mysteries all at the same age.The next book in the series,  The Golden Tresses Of The Dead, will be published in January 2019 and I can’t wait to to read it!

Nighttime in the City

Brian K. Vaughan wrote; “There are only three forms of high art: the symphony, the illustrated children’s book and the board game(Saga, Volume 3).

While I think there are many other great art forms besides these, there is more than a nugget of truth in the proposition that children’s picture books really can (often do) belong right up there with any true art.  Here are three such books that I was particularly interested in given their shared (and relatively specific) motif: walking the streets of one’s hometown or home-city at nighttime.  They are each beautiful in their own way, and capture something simple but expressive.

The Way Home in the Night [Akiko Miyakoshi] Continue reading

A Quiet Place

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I’m going to say it up front: I do not like scary movies.  As a kid, I once called my mom in the middle of a birthday party to come and pick me up because we were halfway through some horror movie and I could take no more!  In high school, when my favourite English teacher put on the 1990 version of Steven King’s It for the class, I privately asked if I could leave the room (she understood the quiet desperation in my eyes and agreed, making this is the absolute closest I ever came to skipping a class).  I had nightmares for over three months after watching ET: The Extraterrestrial, which isn’t even a ‘scary’ movie per-se.   It is therefore an unexpected phenomenon that I was so genuinely excited to see A Quiet Place, a movie that has been called “The scariest and most innovative movie of the year” (Matt Miller, Esquire) Continue reading