Thursday, January 07, 2010

Have you read these?

Over Christmas I read:

The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick
Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby
Transition by Ian Banks
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Simon's Cat by Simon Tofield

and I'm now reading The Complaints by Ian Rankin.

I've enjoyed all of them.

Many of them were Christmas presents. I admit I did drop the odd hint, like "I'd like The Complaints for Christmas, please. It's half price on amazon." Some I just bought for myself. Well, it's keeping the publishing industry going, isn't it? What a great excuse.

It's surprising I had time to talk to any of my family. I seem to remember I did speak to one or two of them now and again.

Have you read any of these? I'd love to talk about them to someone else who's read them.


Whirlochre said...

As it happens, I read very little fiction.

Iain Banks, I do know, is fond of the double adjective — and gets away with it.

fairyhedgehog said...

I hadn't spotted that. I do like his writing though.

Robin B. said...

Hi FH,

No, I haven't read these. I hardly read at all, other than EE's book chat stuff, although just in the past few weeks I picked up one that I bought THREE years ago, but didn't want to read because I didn't want any voice interference with the voice of my novel - The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Problem was, I read it on the flight back from Britain, and at the end, I was sobbing. Really elegant move on an airplane loaded with people, huh?

I've enjoyed reading Ian Rankin in the past - love his detective, but didn't that guy (the detective) retire?

fairyhedgehog said...

Robin, I hate it when I read a moving book in public! For me, it's mostly been on trains.

Rebus has retired but Rankin has written a book about another detective, this one working in the department that checks up on bent policemen. Not his absolute best (the ending was a bit too convoluted for me) but a good read all the same.

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