July 3rd, 2011

Eric in Robe

No. 37 for 2011

Title: Chasing Fire
Author: Nora Roberts
Rating: 3/5
Book: 38/50 (74% completed)
Pages: 472 pgs
Total Pages: 14,948/15,000 pages (96.50% completed)
Version: Book
Next up: 10th Anniversary by James Patterson

I was not a big fan of this one. It wasn't a bad story, but it definitely wasn't my favourite of Roberts' work. I found the plot was dry, the characters were boring and it seemed like the romance was just thrown into the plot with very little thought. If you like Nora Roberts, I recommend that you skip this one.

Good book. Definitely can't wait to read more!

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Book 60: The Green Man in Britain by Fran & Geoff Doel

Book 60: The Green Man in Britain .
Author: Fran & Geoff Doel, 2001
Genre: Non Fiction. History. Folklore.
Other Details: Paperback. 168 pages.

This study of the Green Man looks at the phenomena of carved foliate heads as found in medieval churches across Britain and speculates on their historical meaning. The authors examine links between the figure of the Green Man and various English folk legends, including Robin Hood and the medieval poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' as well as folk customs such as Jack in the Green and the Burry Man.

The Green Man's emergence in the late 20th century as a symbol linked to ecology and an increased reverence for nature is also touched upon. The book includes a detailed gazetteer of 200 sites featuring nearly 1,000 carvings and many black and white photographs.

I have a long standing interest in the Green Man and was employed by the arts/environmental charity Common Ground for a project entitled: Trees, Woods and the Green Man in the late 1980s that organised a major art exhibition in London around the figure of the Green Man. I was pleased that the Doels mentioned Common Ground's role in encouraging interest in this ancient figure of nature.

Overall, I found this an informative overview of the subject.