Monday, August 1, 2011

Books & Nails: The Dervish House by Ian McDonald

Books & Nails
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Woooooooot! I received this third guest post from Blodeuedd for my new Books & Nails meme.

AND, it's a thriller!

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by Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
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The Dervish House
by Ian McDonald
Blodeuedd's review

It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone it seems is after a piece of Turkey. But the shockwaves from this random act of 21st century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square.

Welcome to the world of The Dervish House; the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027 and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union; a Europe that now runs from the Arran Islands to Ararat. Population pushing one hundred million, Istanbul swollen to fifteen million; Turkey is the largest, most populous and most diverse nation in the EU, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. It's a boom economy, the sweatshop of Europe, the bazaar of central Asia, the key to the immense gas wealth of Russia and Central Asia.

Gas is power. But it's power at a price, and that price is emissions permits. This is the age of carbon consciousness: every individual in the EU has a card stipulating individual carbon allowance that must be produced at every CO2 generating transaction. For those who can master the game, who can make the trades between gas price and carbon trading permits, who can play the power factions against each other, there are fortunes to be made. The old Byzantine politics are back. They never went away.

The ancient power struggled between Sunni and Shia threatens like a storm: Ankara has watched the Middle East emerge from twenty-five years of sectarian conflict. So far it has stayed aloof. A populist Prime Minister has called a referendum on EU membership. Tensions run high. The army watches, hand on holster. And a Galatasary Champions' League football game against Arsenal stokes passions even higher.

The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, three interconnected story strands, one central common core--the eponymous dervish house, a character in itself--that pins all these players together in a weave of intrigue, conflict, drama and a ticking clock of a thriller.

My nails: Well underneath there is a layer of turquoise and on top a layer of dark blue graffiti nail polish. You paint it on top and it kind of cracks. The Base is called Depend and the top Cracked Effect by Depend.

And now I did not match it with the book, it just happened :)

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by Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
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How to play:
1. Email me (vvb32 at a picture of your Books & Nails.

2. Tell me the title and author of the book you are reading.

3. Provide a description of your decorated nails (optional).

Anyone can join!

If you prefer, you can send me a pic with nails au naturel.


* inspired to create this meme from The Fashion Planner's Burgers and Nails mention in her Things i Love Thursday post

* part of August Thrills-n-Chills event


  1. The book looks interesting. And love the nails. I've been trying to find a top coat that does the crackling thing, but the only one I knew of so far was OPI. So thanks for the book and the nail polish reference!

  2. Blodeuedd's nails look gorgeous, even if she didn't mean to match the book - it's tres perfect! And The Dervish House sounds like an excellent read - I do like my sci-fi on occasion :D

  3. Love the book and nail choice. The book sounds exciting and I adore the cracked look.

  4. I covet Blodeuedd's nails so hardcore!! I love the accidental matching as well -- but seriously, that blue! The crackling! Awesome! thanks to you both for sharing! (It makes me want to do my nails all over again! :))

  5. Great review and great picture! The Dervish House sounds really good. *_*

  6. Oh forgot to mention this today when I first now looked at my blogs :)
    Thanks for having me over :D

  7. AimeeKay
    The crackling thing is just so cool :D I am glad a friend told me about it cos else I would not have known

    Thanks :D it was a happy accident.

    It looks so good, of course now it's sadly gone and my nails look horrid, lol

    You should try it, but then I did love your nails too :) I love all colors

    Thanks :)


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