Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller

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The latest episode in one of my favourite series; I’m a fan, look elsewhere if you want criticism (even the constructive kind).

This is classic McCone, as good as ever. This time she’s looking into the over twenty year old disappearance of a young mother; one of her now grown up children wants the case settled.

There’s enough of the regular characters (now an enormous cast) but not too much, and plenty enough of a mystery, not too overloaded with twists, not too simple. Perfect as far as I’m concerned. Plenty more please Marcia!

More information about this book can be found on goodreads.
Purchased on 24th August 2006.

The Magus by John Fowles

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Fabulously long, it needed to be to fit it all in. I’m not quite sure where to start describing this without giving it all away. If I could give it all away because I’m not quite sure I understood it all, or even if it all could be understood.

It’s the story of Nicholas Urfe, twenty something in 1952, ends up as the English master in a Greek boys school. Life on the Greek island gets all a bit odd, to put it mildly.

I did find it a trifle slow to get going, but knew enough about Fowles’ writing to know that it wasn’t going to be a straightforward story. I could probably have left it anytime in the first couple of hundred pages (of 600) but not in the last couple of hundred when I couldn’t turn the pages over fast enough.

Definitley an author I’ll be reading more of.

More information about this book can be found on goodreads.

the joy of reading

how to read by nick hornby is a good article on how we should all be reading things that interest and entertain us and not wading through doorstop books because we think we ought to. i agree entirely.

i started posting all the books i read online over five years ago and sometimes i think i ought to read something to make the list look better, but that rarely works because i get bored. i do like quite a lot of “literary fiction” but wouldn’t want to throw out the mysteries and whatever else, i like a bit of variety. i just keep reading whatever takes my fancy and when i look back over the lists as a whole i think i look like a relatively intelligent reader. i’ve never yet decided not to post something to the booklog.

this quote from the article made me laugh:

very few of us pick up a book after the children are in bed and the dinner has been made and the dirty dishes cleared away.

why on earth would i do the washing up before picking up my book?! i’m not much of a tv watcher, occassionally it enraptures me but mostly it bores me to tears. i can get enveloped into reading chapter after chapter and ignoring my basic bodily needs but don’t like being made to wait until an ad break to get a cup of tea.

[found via rebecca’s pocket]

random quotations meme

picked up at janet‘s weblog.

Go here and look through random quotes until you find 5 that you think reflect who you are or what you believe. Go with the first five that work for you (i.e., don’t worry about getting global optima).

Here are the five that caught my eye:

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
– Duke Ellington, US jazz bandleader, musician, & songwriter (1899 – 1974)

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
– Robert Byrne

You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.
– Flip Wilson, Comedian and television actor, starred in The Flip Wilson Show (1933 – 1998)

Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it.
– Author Unknown

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx, US comedian with Marx Brothers (1890 – 1977)