Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ars Memoriae

Ars Memoriae is a novella by Beth Bernobich, an alternative history of England. A tight read clocking in at 80 pages, it put me in mind of Jon LeCarré's The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. I felt I was missing references. Like fairyhedgehog, I wasn't sure how much I was actually missing and how much was due to the writer deliberately being opaque. If anything, I think I would have liked the book to be longer. I liked the ending, though, and the cover is stunning.

At any rate, this was sent to me by fairyhedgehog. If you would like to read it and review it, here are the rules:

1. You must be the first person to request the book in responding to this post.
2. You must have a blog to which you post regularly.
3. You'll take a photograph of the book somewhere in your home.
4. You'll post your review and photo on your blog.
5. You send the book along to the first person who replies and will photograph/review/pass it on.


fairyhedgehog said...

Oh, I love the photo of the book on a keyboard! How very appropriate.

You read it really quickly.

Old Kitty said...


Sorry I've just finished reading the letter from Martin Luther King Jr and so it's taken me an hour to leave a comment here! Thank you for reproducing that letter here. What a great man.

Anyway, I just popped over from fairyhedgehog's to put my hand up and say, ok, may I please be the next reviewer?

I'm quite excited now...!

And I've had a gander round your lovely blog - congratulations with passing your Logic Pro.

Thanks and take care


Stacy said...

Hi Kitty. Can you manage the photo? Maybe borrow a camera or cell phone from a friend? (I took my pic using my cell phone).

If you can manage the photo, I'll send it along. You can find my e-mail in my profile here:

Stacy said...

Hey Kitty - personally I don't care about the photo. If you can't manage a photo fairy or I can send one along for you to post when you review the book. Just contact me at my e-mail address. I tried to find a link for your e-mail on your blog but couldn't find one.

E-mail me so I can send the book along!

Old Kitty said...

Hi Stacy!

I've sent you an email. I hope you receive it.

Take care


Robin B. said...

Looks like a fascinating read - the idea of an alternative history to England - I'd be up for that if I weren't so damn busy. I'm putting it on my Amazon wish list so I don't forget it later.

Are you gonna be there for the Book Chat at 6 Eastern on the
28th, Stacy?

Stacy said...

I can't. I have to teach that night. I'll probably send in a few questions for Ms. Mannetti, though.

Stacy said...

Have you read The Gentling Box yet, Robin?

Ann said...

Will be on the lookout for the book myself. Have often thought of this, alternative history and the impact that would have. Like going back in your life and taking a different turn. An interesting concept.

Stacy said...

It is an interesting concept. I just wish Bernobich would have fleshed this out more. As I understand it, though, there are more stories set in this alternate historical world.

Welcome on board, Ann!