Thursday, February 18, 2010

too many mysteries

3 that I have either stopped or skimmed the remainder. They are pretty good mysteries but I get bored with the plots.
The Dying Light by Henry Porter, 2009. Like an episode of Spooks, and well enough written but I sent it back to the library 2/3 of the way through. Never got back to Stardust by Joseph Kanon, leaving it half read.

Listened to The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly, 2009, but pushed the skip button for the last 3 CDs. Plot was too predictable and serial killers don't really interest me.

So am very happy to start two good books:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, 2009. Good writing, really good writing and interesting characters - twin sons Marion and Shiva Stone, born in a mission hospital in Ethiopia in the 1950s. Verghese is a doctor and writer and he writes very well. I may have to buy this book.

Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel The Lacuna, 2009. Not as appealing as her earlier novels and I've had a harder time getting into it, but it's good now. The main character is a boy - half Mexican - living in the 30's in Mexico with his wayward mother. So far he has been educated in the Three Muskateer's school of literature and is about to enter school for the first time at age 14.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


mitts for Mum, really nice sock wool that shrinks after a few washings so I'm not going to make any more socks of it.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Am enjoying The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre 2009. Good novel, interesting topic. The flawed father tries to deal with the ramifications of spending years burying abuse scandals for his bishop.

Just listened to Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg, 2009. A good legal mystery. Good characters, set in Toronto.

Half way through Stardust by Joseph Kanon, 2009. I have been liking it but am not sure I'll finish it. It is pretty good but other books are calling.