Archive for December, 2006

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Born Guilty by Reginald Hill

In books read on December 11, 2006

It took me a while to get into this. I couldn't really remember what the first in this series was like and wasn't quite sure what to make of this for a while. In the end I found it gripping and very entertaining.

The good thing about keeping track of the books you read is that you can look back and see what you thought about the first in the series.

it's a bit of a farce, a bit of a caper, a lot of a funny crime novel and mainly just very enjoyable to read.

This one never really struck me as farce or caper, it was more in the "quite amusing" vein, and I really shouldn't leave it 3.5 years before reading the next one!

Purchased on 14th October 2006.

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Everymans Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany

In books read on December 8, 2006

Another surprise off the shelves off my local library, though this felt a little more removed from what I'd usually consider "my thing".

Jean Finnegan is a seamstress working on the "Better Farming Train" - touring round Australia in the 1930s telling the farmers, and their wives, what to do. She leaves the train to marry wheat scientist Robert and set up an experimental farm.

I liked the way the story just ambled about, never seeming to be very plotted, but it's got a plot in there all the same. Nice writing, not so nice happenings, well imagined people, a good read.

Borrowed.

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Flickr Pics 4th December 2006

on December 4, 2006 by kirsty

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Angels of the Flood by Joanna Hines

In books read on December 3, 2006

This was a nice surprise. I picked it up at the library but wasn't at all sure I'd like it. Which is one of the nice things about libraries. And I found I did like it a lot. The story is about Kate Holland who, as a teenager, goes to Florence to help clear up after the 1967 floods. Most of the story is told in backstory when Kate returns to Italy thirty years later. Most gripping throughout though I thought the ending was a bit weak and could have been more convincing. Nice to find a good new author, I feel like I've been lacking new people to read lately.

Borrowed.

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Flickr Pics 2nd December 2006

on December 2, 2006 by kirsty

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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

In books read on December 1, 2006

Short and sweet. I enjoyed it and thought it was quite cleverly put together. Considering it won the Booker Prize I was quite surprised to find Amazon laden with negative reviews - though maybe the two go hand in hand. I did spend half the book wondering where 'Amsterdam' would come in, and if you think about it for a moment (while reading the book) you get a pretty good idea where things are going, but I didn't think it was so obvious as to be silly. I thought the ending was rather nice myself.

Borrowed.


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