There is something about McCall S Smith S Writing That Smith s writing that a smile to my face Having read all of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and adored them I was hoping
TO FIND THIS SERIES APPEALING AS find this series appealing as and I certainly do Meeting these Scottish characters is like sitting down to share a cup of coffee with a group of friends Normally the tangents some 45 stars I forgot how much I really coffee with a group of friends Normally the tangents some 45 stars I forgot how much I really this series Is it as great as the No 1 Ladies Detective no but what is This is very close Why do I love it1 AMS is a soul author for me He is someone I trust I feel I know him I am safe with him It doesn t matter what is going on I know he won t let me down I could say this about any book he writes sight unseen 2 His characters the likable ones which are neariy all of them are wise people I enjoy hearing their thoughts They are kind and always know the right thing to do or say I am often moved by what they do 3 In this series there are two psychiatrists a writer an artist an anthropologist an art dealer a wine merchant there are interesting people I often learn something from It s kind of like someone serving a salad and they sprinkled some cool spices on it first Makes it better than ou expected 4 AMS lives in Edinburgh and a friend once told me I would love it if I ever went there I hope I get to see it one day but just in case I don t I feel I have been there because Edinburgh almost becomes a character in this series 5 There are a couple of main characters in here that I am really pulling for They are under 21 both of them and they are good souls And I want good things to happen tofor them And this is a big part of the reason I keep reading and now rereading these books That pretty much sums it up I think The audio version is performed by a man can t recall his name sorry who does an ok job I don t like the way he performs most of the women And I read mostly by listening so this is a small issue for me However will I stop listening Nope Just putting it out there in case it might matter to Faerie you In short I loveou Alexander McCall Smith Especially now for so many reasons America loves The Same and Not the Same you We appreciateour good natured self and Goodbye Soldier War Biography your wisdom andour culture and Cinnamon and Elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600 (Rijksmuseum country series) your decency and social butterflied ness You are a good man Thankou for writing so many books to keep us busy Long live AMSFirst read 2010I enjoyed this and will definitely continue with the series Think of this as a soap opera without the smut It follows the lives of several residents of a building in Scotland Very interesting characters whom it s been interesting to get to know ALexander McCall Smith s setting of a historical apartment building and street in modern Edinburgh Scotland is a perfect background to present his cast of characters and their uniue personalities These are characters Valkea kuin lumi you love hate or scratchour head at There are snippets of insight throughout with an abundance of references to philosophy paintings books and writings Big Lou s reading project and conversations contributes a great deal to this There are introductions about Scottish writers and artists the city of Edinburgh and the country of Scotland Edinburgh rates itself above GlasgowThis is a charming peaceful addicting read that originally appeared as a serial in the Scottish press Recommended for lovers of a tiny plot and evolving characters I wish I d known before purchasing this for my kindle that it was originally published as a daily newspaper serial Being prolific obviously comes. 44 SCOTLAND STREET Book 1The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical wonderfully perceptive serial novels featuring six ear old Bertie a remarkably precocious boy just ask his mother Welcome to 44 Scotland Street home to some of Edinburgh's most color. ,
ODERNIST JUNGLEThey wake up And they loosen upFor es if ou re living in a zany world like the
rest of us why not be a little zany Yourself That doesn tof us why not be a little zany Yourself That doesn t ou have to set aside Five Wealth Secrets 96% of Us Dont Know your scruples Gilles Deleuze whenounger and before he was plunged into the terminal nightmare of COPD juxtaposed the traditional with the zanily postmodernist very handily indeedFor postmodernist thought in no wise precludes levityAnd so one imagines realizes the inveterately sensible and polite Alexander McCall Smith turning a staid and placid corner of sedate old Edinburgh and coming unawares upon some of the Road Kill of modern lifeSo why did he suddenly changeAnd particularly why NOW when his fame and enormous royalties have put him into the class of MUST READ COZY MYSTERY AUTHORS A supernova in an otherwise predictably gleaming literary night skyPersonally I think maybe one of his retired academic legal cronies one day stared him in the eye over a few pints of dark brown Guinness an muttered Aye Sandy me lad er rich an famous so why not now GET WI THE TIMES And Sandy was thus taken aback uaffed his remaining few suds and Sandy was thus taken aback uaffed his remaining few suds and home to start WRITING UP A STORMI know fanciful But even lowly GR hacks like me are entitled to a little poetic licenceWhen I first read this I was shocked by the apparent chaos of this seriesBut now well ou know I think it s FUNAnd now so I m ready for SandyNext round s on me matey Alexander McCall Smith writes a certain type of novel A cosy sandwiches and scones for afternoon tea type of book It s a tone that doesn t vary whether it is set in wet and gloomy Scotland or the glorious sun filled vistas of Botswana He also has a definite turn of phrase that is uite uniue but sometimes it seems to be done because he is so delighted in himself and the cosy world he s created than for moving the stories forward or revealing the characters fully I enjoyed the The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series until it ran out of steam The same characters without anything new to add to them so they become caricatures of themselves And always in the same settings with the same very tiny and unimportant plots The excellent writing wasn t enough to induce me to read Blood Magic Divided Realms yet another one after about the sixth or seventh And so I see it with this book Another situation another cosy character or three and a very small storyline This book was ok but I m not going to read the series I ll stop here Sixty pages into this book I stopped and looked at the back of it What was it about again Did the same thing sixty pages later When I finally closed the back cover I realized that this is a book about nothing It s Seinfeld in EdinburghMcCall Smith did this serial novel for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh Each chapter is short about 9 inches of copy for a daily newspaper runAnd what he s created is this wonderful and funny character study Like Seinfeld nothing much happens butou really really enjoy the ride He had so much fun doing this book that he continued the series and did a second volume I hadn t intended to read the second volume but upon finishing this first one I marched right out and bought Espresso Tales I had to find out what happened to these hilarious characters the narcissist surveyor the hesitant heroine the incompetent gallery owner the eccentric portrait painter with the gold toothed dog the domineering mother of the five ear old prodigy The characters are the strength of this series and I think I might be hooked for a while. Rn the saxophone and italian–all at the tender age of fiveLove triangles a lost painting intriguing new friends and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper. Easily to McCall and he accepted this challenge with no second thoughts comparing himself to Dickens whose novels were also originally published as serials but Mccall does a disservice to the reader Too many characters with too many stories some of which never become resolved And most of these characters are one dimensional I was especially irked which never become resolved And most of these characters are one dimensional I was especially irked the oung woman who thinks her flatmate most of these characters are one dimensional I was especially irked the Training the Trainer young woman who thinks her flatmate a jerk but can t resist his physical beauty Do any women really think this way Sounds like a man to meI believed whether it was true or not that I could see McCall at night biting his lip while he thought up another so many words to have it at the newspaper in timeWhile not enjoying this aspect of the book I can t help but be impressed by this writer s vocabulary fluid style and general knowledge I wish he d slow down surely he s earned enough by now and write one long great novel Surprised at how much I enjoyed this really surprised Beforeou read this review make some tea get cosy because Karsh Portfolio you are about to take a sneak peek into other people s lives Theoung rarely believe that they will not be able to g I was reading a paperback edition and then starting with chapter 40 page 103 of 325 I started simultaneously listening to the audio CDs as I read the book I do enjoy reading that way with some books The audio narrator was okay good but not great There are very short chapters and at first I could tell this was written in serial form and I didn t like it that much but I got used to it and even started appreciating the jumping around between charactersThe story was fun and witty and creative and I loved the twists and I appreciated that the mystery was not a huge part of the bookstories The reader meets so many characters and I had some trepidation about keeping track of them but they and their stories were interesting and it was easy to keep track of themThere is so much humor with many amusing chuckle out loud or at least smiling moments I consider this of a humorous novel than mystery novel I am getting tired of book series though even though I ve read so many that I ve liked and would now usually read standalone books books whose stories are complete and whose characters have had all that will be written about them in one book There are already so many books in this series I might read another because there are some characters I d love to follow Bertie Cyril Pat etc etc etc I feel the same way about his Ladies Detective Agency series I ve read the first two and I might also read of them The series are so different I like both but unlike for Goodreads friend Laura neither are comfort reads for me In fact for Before Atlantis years I ve watned to visit Edinburgh and if influenced in any way by this book I m now less interested in visiting I ve just finished this book and I m absolutely enchanted with it The title of the last chapter sums it up Gain Loss Friendship Love What could one ask 44 Scotland Street is a gentle book like murmured conversation about fascinating things The characters are real than many people I ve met in the flesh After the last page is readou feel that They Continue On Without You As In LifeLiterary Fiction Is continue on without The Gypsy Wisdom Spellbook you as in lifeLiterary fiction is art I supposeou either love it or Life in the Slow Lane Observations on Art Architecture Manners and Other Such Spectator Sports you don t I loved it What happens when Isabel Dalhousie with all her innate sense of decency walking and chatting merrily with the less trusting but similarly practical and charming Mma Ramotswe turns a corner of a pleasant street and comes SMACK DAB INTO OUR CHAOTIC POSTM. Ful characters There's Pat a twentyear old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce an athletic oung man with a keen awareness of his own appearance Their neighbor Domenica is an eccentric and insightful widow In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to lea.