acrobat writer

kathy reichs uses a pdf file in the plot of her latest book. planet pdf investigates.

personally i learnt two things: a) that “imbed” is a genuine spelling variant of “embed” though it looks hideous to me, my oxford concise lets it in so it must be true. b) that the one kathy reichs book i own and haven’t read (haven’t read any of her others either) is edging closer to the “dispose of without reading” pile. this is because the inclusion of half explained and half confused computer stuff is what drove me nuts in patricia cornwell’s books (even more so than the ever more confused characters and plots) and i don’t think i can be bothered with more of the same.

[found via sore eyes]

Child of Silence by Abigail Padgett

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I found this a bit of a departure from Padgett’s two Blue books that I’ve enjoyed, though this series comes with higher recommendations. It’s a more traditional mystery story, though the main character is still a far cry from your average sleuth.

Bo Bradley is an investigator into child abuse with the social services but her main characteristic is that she suffers from manic depression. I think Padgett did a pretty good job of portraying someone with a mental illness without making them out to be a complete loony. I liked Bo a lot and though I thought the story was a bit thin on the ground at times I’ll be looking for the next book in the series. It seemed that Bo had too much of a personal connection to the case she was investigating in this book – it seemed as if the author put all their cards on the table in one book.

More information about this book can be found on goodreads.
Purchased on 4th May 2003.