Recently I have read a mixture of old and new books - to make the new last longer I read every second or third book from my collection of oldies - most recently I have been chewing through my Agatha Christie collection.
Here is a list, in no particular order, of (some of the) books I have read the past few weeks or so:
- Haruki Murakami - Dance Dance Dance: I am two thirds into it. Good stuff. Apart from the names, this could be anywhere - USA, Norway, Switzerland or, as it is, Japan. So don't be prejudiced. I think I will read more from this author, the humour combined with a worldview I recognize, with an added dash of the supernatural (warps in time and space, among other things), it is perfectly captivating.
- Marian Keyes - Anybody Out There: Slightly painful, slightly funny, slightly comforting. It set off a whole little rant on my part, about death and loss.
- Mercedes Lackey - One Good Knight: I love this. A parody upon all fairy-tale cliches you ever read, with a heroine I strongly identify with. She is a nerd ffs, thick glasses and all! If it was a movie chance is I would hate it though. But in book form, it totally charmed me.
- Agatha Christie - Dumb witness, Peril at End House and The Mystery of the Blue Train: A.C. is always a safe option. You know what you get. And I think Poirot is hysterically funny.
- Todd McCaffrey - Dragonsblood: The son has taken over the reins. I still don't know if I approve. But I must read all things that concern Pern, of course. However, I wanted more about the early days on Pern and he delivered that. I was far gone into that world for several hours.
- Raymond Feist & Joel Rosenberg - Murder in LaMut: Uh. Nah. Doesn't click. Sorry. Nothing much to say about it.
- David Gemmell - Hero in the Shadows: Tragic high fantasy. Pretty much as expected, but in the good way. Waylander resurfaces, and we also get more insight into Ustarte, the priestess.
- P.D. James - Cover Her Face: I bought and read the Lighthouse early in the year, and whoa. A jewel. Cover Her Face is apparently her first novel, and she does get better with the years, but it is far from bad.
- Marian Keyes - Further Under the Duvet: More chiclit, though in the shape of her journalism. Sharp satire over every day problems like bad hair days, make up addiction, shoe-oholism, not finding anything that looks good on ones round body in the fashion shops, the tediousness of flying, Russians, and more. Most adult females I know should be able to recognize themselves in this, and have some good laughs - and feel happy that other people have similar problems. And most men should be able to smile at recognitions too, either personal or their gf/sister/wife/friend/boss.