Feb. 27th, 2017

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Time for another book review.

First up, the Christmas books I bought with the book token from my mother-in-law:
Murder Under The Christmas Tree (10 Classic Crime stories) - Assorted writers
Another Little Christmas Murder by Lorna Nicholl Morgan
The Mistletoe Murder and other stories by P D James

I enjoyed the classic crime stories, which showcased why these writers were so good at the genre.  The P D James stories were well written, but not really my sort of thing.  And Another Little Christmas Murder was another of those late 1940s novels that are only brought back for the sake of nostalgia - one day I will learn to not bother with them.

Home by Marilynne Robinson

I read House-keeping last year, and someone recommended reading Home - I can't remember who.  Once again, it's completely different from my usual choice of reading - even given my experiences over the last 18 months, but I really enjoyed it.  It's really slow paced, but once again very visual and I could see it all.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for something maybe a little different.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

I read and enjoyed The Thief last year and so was expecting to read the other three in the series.  But although I quite enjoyed this book it didn't grip me in the same way, the main character started to annoy me, and I think the way the story charmed me last time no longer worked.

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

This is a true account by Cahalan of her experience when her brain was attacked by anti-bodies - it's far more complicated than that, but that's the essence.  I decided to read it because a film has been made of the book, with Richard Armitage as Cahalan's father, so I thought I'd find out whether it would be worth seeing the film.  I found the book very interesting, as she looks at the effect the disease has on her, and also on her family and friends.  A lot of it is written almost from the point of view of an outsider, which makes sense, because Cahalan has no memory of what happened at the time, and so has had to reconstruct events.  As for the film, it had poor reviews and has gone straight to Netflix.  A good dramatisation would have been interesting, but perhaps not dramatic enough for a cinema.

As I said in my last 'Goals' post, although reading widely won't be one of my goals next year, I shall aim to continue posting a book review every two months.  I've joined Goodreads and am recording my progress there - if you're on there and would like to follow me, I'm Small_Hobbit.


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