Monday, May 31, 2010

a couple of abandoned mysteries

Gave up on two, and cannot even remember the name of one of them, popular Swedish author. It was an audiobook and I could not stand the reader so skipped the final 3 CDs. The Laughing Policeman, by Per Wahloo, that's what it was. The other I was reading and it was due at the library. Pretty good but didn't hold me enough to finish it properly. The Last Child by John Hart, 2010.
I am listening to a good one though, the Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. Characters I am interested in, and Quebec, which I am interested in.

And I have other good books on the go: The Imperfectionist​s: A Novel by Tom Rachman . Just started and really like it. Good writer.

Finished My Own Country and really liked it. Such a good writer. I've started his other book, The Tennis Partner and like it too. An interesting man who writes about the people in his interesting life.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

the never ending Northern Clemency

Whew, thought it would never be over. 22 CDs to listen to the Northern Clemency. Not sure why I continued but I was ever hopeful I would start to like a character or be interested in what was happening. It doesn't even end, it just peters out. Very glad it is over.

Reading Love and Summer by William Trevor, 2010, a good writer but the book is odd though. It feels like he's writing about Ireland a century ago but I think it's supposed to be contemporary Ireland. Small town Ireland.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Half way through the Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher, a very long book. It's a good read but not sure I like it. I don't like any of the characters, and there are no animals in it. It's about 2 Sheffield UK families, in the 70s and 80s. Reads like literate coronation street. I doubt I will seek out another book by this author.

On the final pages of Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard, which is a good book. His plots are interesting, his characters likable. It moves between Antwerp in 1939 and London in 1976. A Jewish diamond trader fled Nazi Europe, leaving his priceless collection of Picasso paintings and diamonds with a friend who takes them to London. The boat he fled on sank, leaving no survivors. Where is the proof of forgery and why was Eldritch Swan in prison for 36 years?