Diamond Solitaire by Peter Lovesey

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It’s taken me forever to get hold of this second book in the series – it’s been out of print and I only found out about this omnibus edition (with The Last Detective that I’ve already read) by accident. Definitely a series to read more of if a bit far fetched at times.


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Purchased on 15th January 2007.

Reading Roundup

Another year, another roundup.

In 2006 I read 65 books, more than in 2005, and curiously exactly the same number as in 2004.

  • I read 27 books bought in 2006.
  • I read 2 books bought in 2003
  • I read 2 books bought in 2000
  • I read 34 books I didn’t buy at all

Hurray for the library.

I only have two books outstanding of the 30 that I bought in 2006 and haven’t yet read. One of those I’ve found to be inpenetrable so far (bought in February), the other was only bought on New Year’s Eve and I’ve already read the other book I bought on the same day!

I think I only read 5 non fiction books (7%) when I said last year I’d like to read more. Well I was wrong, I’m quite happy with fiction! I read enough non fiction in other places than books.

No real reading resolutions this year, the same again please!

Making It Up by Penelope Lively

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This really fired my imagination for some reason; I’m not sure I know why. It’s a collection of short stories, which aren’t really my favourite thing. They are loosely coupled together as being offshoots from Penelope Lively’s own life. It’s the old alternate history game made personal: “What if my life had taken a different turn?”. And I found it quite compelling. It’s all fiction but weakly linked together with fact and I found the junctions and the similarities and differences between the alternates lives interesting.


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Borrowed.

Cape Perdido by Marcia Muller

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Third of Muller’s recent, hmmm, what the inside pages describe as “non series books” but that seem like a loosely coupled series to me. They are all set in the same area of North California and all have placename titles and a few of the same characters play bit parts.

I don’t enjoy these as much as the McCone books. This one was interesting but ultimately seemed quite lightweight. The characters are well drawn and the plot isn’t bad but it never quite lit my fire all the same.


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Purchased on 31st December 2006.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré

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I could have sworn that I’d read some Le Carré books as a teenager, but having just finished this one I’m not so sure now. Anyway, I will read more, but not too soon as this one was pretty heavy going. Not hard to read, and very well written, but very dense in the plot. Cold war spy story with George Smiley trying to find a Russian “mole” in British Intelligence. It felt very much like something from a bygone era, probably because it is.


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Borrowed.