The TWIST Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult. Contains SPOILERS

Don’t read this untill you have read the book. I have enjoyed other Piccoult’s more; but equally for me lot better than Mercy which found wishy, washy. So if you like Piccoult you should get something out of it. If you have read what did you think about the book / the twist?

Did you see the twist coming?

There was no hint untill sickle cell gene mentioned; then I realised, that was indicating that baby Davis had some African Americain genetics. I wondered whether his Mother Brit had conceived the baby with someone other than her husband. Therefore I was not necessarily expecting that Brit’s Mother was African American.

Was the twist needed?

I think it was an interesting twist, showing you can not truly judge someone by the colour of their skin. But the story had so much going on anyway that it perhaps impact got a little lost.

How could the twist have been more powerful

I think narrative strand from Brit would have been interesting. It would have brought an insight into,  how she had felt, growing up without her Mother and her views of her Mother.

I think it was cruel lawyer Kennady allowing Brit’s Mother to be revealed in public and the reveal did not impact the case; so it was not really necessary to do that. The revelation evidently sent Brit into turmoil but this was covered in just a couple of sentences in the epilogue; how it led to her suicide. The twist felt like an after thought rather than something planned from the beginning. Again a narrative from Brit would have allowed climax to build before the reveal and the impact to be explored, on the other hand this would have taken focus away from Ruth’s story; but is it a bad thing to have two big focuses in a book? The lives of Ruth and Brit could have been compared and contrasted.

Tramlines FREE Venues aka the fringe festival today 22nd and tomorrow 23rd

Leopold square

New bar in Victoria Quays in what was Quays 18-19

Greenroom on Division St parallel to West St

Royal Standard near Leadmill / Granville Road tram stop

Plug just off Moor

Crystal on Carver St near Walkabout / City Hall 

Doctors Orders on Glossap Road 5 minutes up the road from University Tram Stop

Picturehouse Social on Abbeydake Road

Great Gatesby on Division Street

Old House, Division Street

The Washington, Fitzwilliam st 5mins from west st tram stop

Gardeners Rest Kelham Island Sat 22nd from 3pm

Entertainment on Sheffield Moor.

Red Lion, just behind Hallam Student union. Nearest tram stop Train Station.

Madia Vale on West St across from Walkabout.

Friends Fest

Main activity is taking photos … on sofa in central perk, in front of central perk window, with yellow taxi, police car, dressed up in wedding dresses etc…

I want on my own, it is probably more fun with FRIENDS to share experience with and pose with.

There is a 30minute set tour which you book a slot for when book ticket. You do seem to need to book in advance to attend friends fest as it does get booked up. I got round in about hour and half then spent some time eating on top of that. So 2.5 – 3 hours max is plenty of time.

The 30minute set tour includes 10minutes looking at costumes and props in glass cases.

10minutes in hallway / Chandlers and Joey’s apartment.

Final ten minutes is in Monica’s apartment.

I ate at moondance diner, as had done everything else wanted,  but had time before set tour and thought may be rushing to eat afterwards; otherwise price may have put me off. £5.50 for burger and £3.00 for chips. Burger was very dissapointing, meat dry barely and cheese and could not taste cheese needed the addition of the lettuce and tomatoes. Chips were ok. Would recommend not planning to eat.

Other than that various places to eat; Central Perk, Chick and Duck bar, Mocklate, a big screen showing clips from Friends. Of course a shop to spend more money.

So although some interesting photos I do think overpriced.  Cheaper than real Central Park in New York though.

I went in Sheffield. If fancy paying price for some Facebook likes, this is where else it is. Also probably better with FRIENDS who were up for posing.

Tribes Studio Theatre 12.07.17

A play reflecting today’s world, where so many young adults find themselves living with parents. In adult bodies but with childhood resentments simmering.

The four adults are a make born deaf to parents who took the option not to learn to sign or to teach him. His brother who has a broken relationship and is contending with psycophernia and a stammer. His sister who also feels lost in the world, single. His girlfriend born to deaf parents, who is now losing hearing. The girlfriend talks about in deaf community how, no one understands what like to lose hearing as they have never had hearing.

The parents also featuring adding to colour of family life and provoking thoughts. Fantastic complex characters, not necessarily fully likeable. Play made time pass quickly.

On at Crucible studio untill 22nd July.

Insomnia – Stephen King

Someone who liked insomnia more than I did. Review clearly indicates where there are any spoilers although nothing major revealed. In comments they state Insomnia not best King book, so perhaps a shame that it was the first I found in a charity shop when looking for a King book as given how long books are then not sure would want to read another.


Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he awakens a little earlier until he’s barely sleeping at all. During his late night vigils and walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people’s heads. He witnesses two strange little men wandering the city under cover of night. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought about by sleep deprivation. Ralph and his friend, widow Lois Chasse, become enmeshed in events of cosmic significance. –

I know I have mentioned before that I am a big Stephen King fan. He is a great story teller, there are no boundaries to his writing, and he doesn’t let his imagination be stunted by rules. He dreams something up, he writes it and he writes it well.


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