Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Four books

I don't have the time for a full-length post so I thought I would repeat the meme below, with 'book you were last given' excluded because I haven't received any new books since!

The book I am currently reading

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris. I'm really enjoying this, although I think she has committed the same mistake she made in The Observations and overdone the melodrama - obviously, both novels are meant to have a melodramatic tone, but overegging the pudding slightly has made the character of the narrator, Harriet Baxter, a bit less interesting to me. However, I think this is a significant improvement on her first novel, although that was also good, and I'm looking forward to see what she writes next. I'm also reading The Prose Edda, the original source for much of what we know of Norse mythology, which is just insane and wonderful. No-one makes up myths better then the ancient Norsemen...

Last book I finished

Lirael by Garth Nix, which is the second in a YA fantasy trilogy about necromancers that I have been re-reading for fun. It's a brilliant series with a very well-developed world, and I would recommend getting hold of the first in the series, Sabriel, if you haven't read it already.

Next book I want to read

Hood by Emma Donoghue. I liked Stir-Fry so much I've decided to read my way through her back catalogue; this is her second novel.

Last book I bought

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I thought Freedom was excellent and have similarly high expectations for this one, though I'm not sure when I'm going to get round to reading it!

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