The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

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Read half of the book, saw the film, read the other half of the book. A bit of a curious way to do things but I think it worked out quite well. Am I allowed to like both the book and the film or is it illegal to not declare a favourite? I was surprised at how similar Ripley’s character seemed in both media but also surprised at how different the film makers made the ending. Interesting, anyway, and another one where I’m going to read the sequel. (Because of the changed ending I don’t think they could make a sequel to the film at all)


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Purchased on 28th February 2000.

Hide & Seek by Ian Rankin

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The first of the John Rebus books that I’ve read. I keep hearing great things about these. I think I’ve missed something by not starting at the beginning of the series though. The mystery all fit up neatly but I didn’t understand Rebus’ reaction to it. Perhaps it’ll make sense when I’ve read the earlier books as there was plenty enough here to send me out looking for the rest of the set.


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Blue Lonesome by Bill Pronzini

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Whilst definitely on the better side of good, I was kind of expecting this to be terrific so I was a tad disappointed. It was well worth reading but left me a bit cold.


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Purchased on 27th January 2000.

Blind Descent by Nevada Barr

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Anna is definitely one of my favourite characters. I think this is my second favourite of the series so far after _Firestorm_ . I liked the setting in underground caves, my only complaint would be that a couple of plot points didn’t seem to add up completely but I suspect I missed them rather than them not being there


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Purchased on 16th November 1999.