Welcome to Calliope's Coffee House the proprietor of this establishment is Jacquie Reaville better known as The Book Imp.

When I started this place it was primarily for book reviews and thoughts on all things literary. Well the book reviews are still here, but somehow it's grown into a place for me and others to practice short fictional writing and of course a place where I can give my thoughts and opinions on virtually any subject that might take my fancy.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008


Since whenever it was, August or September or whatever I've had a break from all things computerish, not intentionally it just happened. Anyway I've read a few books and very little else if the truth be known. I haven't written any reviews but I think I should put the books I've read here just so that I remember, memory again, age thing. Here goes.

The Alexander Cipher - Will Adams
Bear Island, Breakheart Pass, The Guns of Navarone, Puppet on a Chain, - Alistair MacLean
Behold Here's Poison, A Blunt Instrument, Detection Unlimited, Duplicate Death, Death in the Stocks, Envious Casca, Footsteps in the Dark, No Wind of Blame, Penhallow, They Found Him Dead, The Unfinished Clue, Why Shoot A Butler, - Georgette Heyer
Beneath the Bleeding, The Distant Echo - Val McDermid
Black Order, Map of Bones, Sandstorm - James Rollins
The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer, - Jefferey Deaver
Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
Dead as a Doornail, All Together Dead, Dead to the World, Dead Until Dark, Definitely Dead, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
The Echo, The Shape of Snakes - Minette Walters
Greywalker - Kat Richardson
Guilty as Sin, Still Waters - Tami Hoag
The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld
Wit'ch Gate, Wit'ch Star, Wit'ch Storm, Wit'ch War - James Clemens
The Lady Killer - Martina Cole
Magic Bites, Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding
Ratcatcher, Resurrectionist - James McGee
The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
Sacred Stone, Trojan Odyssey - Clive Cussler
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
Bones to Ashes - Kathy Reichs
The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson

I'm sure there are some I've forgotten until I pick the book up and say "read it". Sooooo, what next?

Well on the agenda I have recently purchased or have removed from my TBR pile (here we go again)...

By Matthew Pearl fictional historical mysteries with a few facts thrown in
The Poe Shadow
The Dante Club

By Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife

By Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian

By Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees

By Val McDermid
The Grave Tattoo

and an offering of chick lit by Brian Gallaher entitled The Feng-Shui Junkie. Don't know if I'll manage it, depends on how much mushy romantic crap is involved. As you are aware I don't have a romantic bone in my body, at all, not, never, no how.

I've also got a few DVD's which I may branch out into reviewing, not sure yet anyway here's the list - some new some old, some I've seen and some I haven't.

Kung Fu Panda
Eight Below
The Forbidden Kingdom
Big Nothing
Run Fat Boy Run
Hot Fuzz
Fred Claus
The Usual Suspects
Shaun of the Dead
Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium
Air Buddies
and the 1st and only season of Blood Ties

Catch you all later, hope the Seasons preparations are going along ok, they've kind of ground to a halt here, the tree is still in it's box under my bed, haven't checked the lights, just don't have the spirit at the moment but I'm sure it will arrive eventually.


  1. At last. WELCOME back Ipm. Hope everything is OK with you. Best season's greetings. Philip

  2. Great list of books you've read. I loved The Time Travelor's Wife...I loved the movie Eight Below too!!

  3. Hi Phivos, season's greetings to you too and thanks for the welcome back :)

  4. Eight Below I've wanted for ages, bought it and now find it's being shown on TV over Christmas LOL!


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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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