'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Goosefoot, Death by a Honeybee and Home

Home again, home again, jiggedy jig! We got rained out and came home early. Not too much fun to camp in a tent pop-up camper in the pouring rain. Especially with a little one that is afraid of rain let alone really bad storms like we had! We did get our day in at Idlewild Amusement Park and a good time was had by all. The storm was moving in about an hour before closing time and they started shutting down rides and asking people to leave. We got out before the rain hit, but boy was it windy! Pokey 5 yr. old Ian found high speed when the wind hit and was dragging this old lady to the car as fast as he could go:) Crying 'hurry Maimo' as loud as he could! I think he would have carried me if he could have. It thundered and lightening and POURED all night! Very loud in a pop up camper! We did get in a day of swimming in the pool on Wednesday although cloudy and windy, but more severe storms were moving in so we packed up and came home before they hit. Great memories made even though shortened and talk of next year when we go....

Currently reading Goosefoot by Patrick McGinley.

back cover synopsis:
Her family had warned her that things would be different in the city, an Patricia Teeling had laughed at their caution. She had come for the excitement: the new job, the strange new people, the pubs and the dance halls, the men who followed her with their eyes. Even the stabbing death of her neighbor didn't shake her-until a dark handsome man with a crippled walk, the 'Goosefoot', appeared the next day. She would see him on the street, in a pub, stalking her day after day, but there was something about him she wanted-something that drew her to him...like a moth to a flame.

Not sure what I think on this one. Very mixed feelings. I want to finish it to see what happens, but I can't really say I'm 'enjoying' it. Really stupid characters. It's a sort of coming of age story with a murder thrown in. Set in Dublin Ireland. Very smart girl graduates college and is informed by her uncle that she is to inherit his very large, successful farm. She has worked with him on it all her life and graduated with a degree in agriculture science. She has a beau and is set for a successful life. But...she decides she needs to move to the city to 'experience' life first. Her uncle gives her one year to get it out of her system and the farm is hers, if she decides at the end of the year she wants to stay in the city she loses the farm. So off she goes, not really knowing what it is she is looking for. She acquires a room mate that is obsessed with sex and the male 'membrum virile', (although she hasn't experienced them yet) and makes friends with one of her fellow teachers at the school where she teaches science. He takes her for a pint everyday after school and gives her a balloon to blow up when they part company, explaining it will make her feel better. But it's the couple downstairs that are the strangest and her life really takes a bizarre turn after getting involved with them. She makes some really dumb choices for such a smart gal. I don't know how to describe it besides bizarre! I'm not finished yet, but almost so the jury is still out on this one. So I might talk more about it after I chew on it awhile. I think this book is one that needs chewing on. I also have 'Bogmail' by the same author and I will definitely be reading it too.

Read this Book of the Times article in The New York Times from back in 1982 to get another take on it.

Also reading 'Death by a HoneyBee' by Abigail Keam. That one is on my iPad and I don't get a turn at it much with the grandkids here:) Got it free on Amazon Kindle books. A light easy read. Not really bonding with characters, or getting excited about the murder. Won't read any of the other books in the series though.

Peggy Ann


  1. So sorry your trip with the grandkids was cut short. I used to like thunderstorms as a child, but as an adult, not so much! I do think storms are getting more violent and I'm not the only one!

  2. Sorry your trip was cut short due to rain, but your description while at the park reminded me of the time my hubby and I took our youngest granddaughter to Busch Gardens. It started pouring and lightening (not rare in Florida during rainy season). We were under the canopy of a ride with a bunch of other people trying not to get wet and she screamed...I mean SCREAMED her head off the whole time. Those poor people! It was quite a few years ago but I think if they listen real good when it's quiet, they can still hear her scream in their ears.

  3. I hate it when I do not connect with characters!

  4. Hi Peggy,

    I'm afraid that I am too fond of my creature comforts to ever contemplate a camping or caravaning holiday, so I take my hat off to you for even lasting a couple of days! I have a friend who has recently gotten the camping bug, unfortunately every time she even thinks about going off on a trip, the weather forecast predicts rain. Cosequently every picture she shows me, is of the two of them and their two young boys, covered head to toe in mud!! This is not my idea of fun thanks ... I would rather stay home!!

    You sound a little like me, in that, once you have started reading a book, you don't like to admit defeat and give up on it. I will always keep on reading to the bitter end, in the hope that the story will improve, or the characters will become more believeable.

    I was interested in the title of the book 'Goosefoot' and discovered that it has also been published in the UK as 'The Fantasist'. This second title does seem a little more in keeping with the storyline, if the synopsis and your description is anything to go by. Especially when I then found out that in the US, 'Goosefoot' is actually a type of weed, also known as 'Pigweed', so I am not sure if that fits in with anything?

    I also checked out your other author, Abigail Keam, as I ouldn't make the title 'Death BY a HoneyBee' hang together. I did discover that Abigail is also an award winning beekeeper, so I guess that explains things!

    I hope that you come across a book that you can really get your teeth into very soon.


    1. Yvonne, the term goosefoot does figure in pretty heavily with the storyline. One character has a shorter leg or something and walks like 'a goose' and the plant goosefoot/pigweed is mentioned several times. I finished the book last night and was quite surprised by the ending. It's a very odd book and I still can't decide what I thought, but I seem to be thinking about it quite a lot. In that sense I guess the book was a success?

      My enjoying camping days are over. But the grands love to go. What we do for our kiddoes! My husband loves to camp too. If we had a hardside trailer I wouldn't mind but the canvas is not my cup of tea!

  5. Aw shame you got rained out. I agree that camping is hopeless with continual rain - never mind maybe next year!


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