Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Listened to Sing You Home, 2011, by Jodi Picoult and it was good. Long but entertaining but I hated the music tracks - it's offensive to have someone chose music for you. Infertility issues and who has rites to the embryos and gay and Christian rites all come into this book. I almost stopped because the born again stuff but persevered through it and it was worth it.

A New Culture of Learning, 2011, by John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas is good. I'm reading it for work but by choice. Interesting stuff.

Robert Goddard writes great stories, his latest, Blood Count, 2011 has got a hold of me.

The Blue Light Project by Timothy Taylor, 2011 was good. Not as good as Stanley Park was, but still, pretty good. Interesting to read about city art and those people who use the city as trapeze props. Three main characters; Eve, a former Olympian, Rabbit, a street artist and Thom Pegg, a disgraced former investigative journalist are all interesting and believable. The hostage taking part is there for some reason but was not that interesting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


2 Kate Davies items:
Hat for Mum and sweater for me

Some books

Finished James Fitzgerald's book, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past, 2010 and it was good. A bit long and very sad but interesting. He writes well about his grandfather, famous but forgotten because of his suicide and mental health problems.

Just listened to Sebatian Faulk's Birdsong, something I've been meaning to read for years. It is a very good book, what hell those trenches were in WWI. Good writer, good story. He starts it off so innocently in 1910, with English Stephen Wraysford living in France, entangling himself with the wife of his host. Then bam, into the trenches you go.

Started another John Lawton book and really like it. Old Flames, written in 1997. Troy gets to hang out with Nikita Khrushchev in 1956. Should be interesting.

The latest Kurt Wallander book, The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell was odd. Don't know if it's the translation or the book - but the characters seemed flat, especially Kurt and his daughter. It's good there will be no more.

Monday, August 1, 2011

good mystery

The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths, 2010, second book of Norfolk set mysteries. Very likeable characters, Ruth puts up with no nonsense and gets into all kinds of trouble. The plot is a bit bizarre but the people are great.

Listened to another book en route to Victoria and back but cannot remember what it was!

read "There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva Barbrielsson, 2011. Not a great book, but interesting to read about their political life and life in Sweden.