Archive for January, 2007


Diamond Solitaire by Peter Lovesey

In books read on January 30, 2007

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.

Purchased on 15th January 2007.


The Rules of Engagement by Anita Brookner

In books read on January 28, 2007

I haven't read Brookner since reading her first few books as a teeenager. Not really sure why. Think she's probably more my thing now than then. Quiet and enjoyable. Will have to read some more.



Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

In books read on January 21, 2007

Loved it and didn't want it to end!

Purchased on 31st December 2006.


Reading Roundup

In books,rambling on on January 8, 2007

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

In books read on January 8, 2007

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.



Cape Perdido by Marcia Muller

In books read on January 7, 2007

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.

Purchased on 31st December 2006.


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré

In books read on January 5, 2007

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.



links for 2007-01-04

In links on January 4, 2007

  • “I didn’t get up to check, though, because if she wasn’t dead I might wake her up, and if she was dead? Well, nothing I could do about that now.” – exactly how i feel when i wake before my daughter!
    (tags: child sleep alive)


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