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Is this Ian McEwan's Atonement?It's brilliant, his best book, and if you don't like it you must be...eh....different. I even got Ian to sign it for me. Yes I am a groupie.
That's a surprise. I am in then.
No I didn't read Irene and now I don't really have to.
Clockwise counting 09/50: Elena Ferrante - My Brilliant Friend (2011) An absolutely superb reading experience, I don't hesitate to say that My Brilliant Friend is one of the best novels I have ever read. It's the story of Elena and Lila, two friends who grow up in 1950s Napoli amidst poverty, violence and dreams of a better future. These two girls who are best friends are both intellectually and emotionally "brilliant" but their different personalities as well as...
Clockwise counting 07/50: Guy Saville - The Afrika Reich (2013) A blurb / review on the cover is from The Economist and says that the book is "a rich and unusual thriller, politically sophisticated and hard to forget". I guess that is all true in some sense but it's actually not that good. It's thrilling in the way of an action movie with lots of explosions, lots of killing and unbelievable narrow escapes, not just as a climax at the end of the book but the whole way...
Clockwise counting 04/50: Ian Rankin - Hide and Seek (1990) A young drug addict is found dead from an apparent overdose but there are various signs pointing to a possible murder. Rebus, who since the previous book has been promoted from Detective Sergeant to Detective Inspector, untangles a criminal conspiracy among some people of Edinburgh's high society. Rebus is an interesting character and the police procedural moves along at a fast and entertaining pace. Clockwise...
I am not yet done with the recap of my 2015 reading but don't want to lag behind on 2016, which has come off to a quick start with 3 books in 4 days. Here is how I started the new year. Clockwise counting 01/50: Timothy Hallinan - Breathing Water (2009) Hallinan writes about Poke Rafferty, an American travel writer who is a long term resident of Bangkok where he is married to a beautiful former gogo dancer and has an adopted daughter, a rescued street kid. Poke's...
Clockwise counting 49/50: Hammond Innes - The Strode Venturer (1965) Innes basically writes adventure stories for teenagers or gullible adults but they are exciting in the vein of classic adventure movies, well written if a bit formulaic and fully acceptable entertainment instead of watching TV or solving crossword puzzles. This one is about family honour, exotic locations (London, Maldives and unknown islands in the Indian Ocean), volcanic activity, earthquakes and...
Clockwise counting 46/50: Tana French - Broken Harbor (2012) A family of four is found murdered inside their home in a run-down modern Dublin housing estate. There are no obvious suspects and the first theories are around an "extended suicide" committed by either the husband or the wife. We follow detective Scorcher Kennedy's meticulous work to get to the truth by looking into the past of the murdered people and finding obsessions that have lead to insanity. French is a...
I need to finish off the 2015 harvest before I can start on the New Year. So for a while, I will continue posting my reading from last year. Clockwise counting 43/50: Arnaldur Indridason - Jar City (2000) Icelandic Scandinavian noir. First in the series of detective Erlendur, another troubled policeman, who here solves a murder case with the help of a genetic database. I thought it was above average for the genre and will probably try some more Erlendur books. Clockwise...
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