Hello and welcome to the June edition of Hear…Read This! Once again, it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.
This month, we’re chatting about our views on Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill and A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. Unknowingly, Kate and Gav have both chosen books with a fairytale theme, both with a very different tone… Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.
Section 1: Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
This was Gav’s selection, written by a man better known as a screenwriter of films such as Sinister and a film critic on Ain’t It Cool News. This is C. Robert Cargill’s first novel; will we be impressed and bewitched by its magical tale, or will it be a journey to hell?
Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading
Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has enjoyed Solo by William Boyd, Simon recommends The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, Gav thought The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas was a great read and Kate enjoyed Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
Section 3: A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
This was Kate’s ‘classic’ choice, in fact a little too classic as we were shocked to discover that this wonderful book, first published in 1968, is currently out of print. We were all eventually able to get hold of copies, read the eight original children’s fairytales and share our thoughts. Was this just a trip down memory lane or are these tales as sweet as when we were little?
And finally… Here are next month’s choices by Gav and Kate:
We hope you enjoy listening.