MothsI loved this book. It is the story of two sisters who have been apart for all their adult lives. One sister has stayed reclusively (autistically?) in the family mansion to continue her father’s ‘work’ studying the habits of moths and the other returns after 47 years. Why did she leave? The book concentrates on how these two lived together as children and young women and how their relationships with their parents ‘worked’. It looks at their differing views on events in those childhoods and through their lives, how these have affected them and how their personalities and characters affect their memories and views on events. The family are a little creepy and very dysfunctional. The main outcome after the 47 years is quite easy to guess but this didn’t distract from the story for me and there are plenty of surprises  – I loved the details about moths too.


Next

18Oct09

NextAfter Trouble I tried Next by Michael Crichton. I am quite a fan of his thrillers although not enough to buy them new (this was another charity shop purchase). Sadly this book too was a bit of a let down. The author was obviously passionate about his subject – the unethical use of genetic material by large corporations and the patenting of individual genes – but this novel was unfocused with characters I had little interest in. The plot began to seem non-existant and about two thirds of the way I had had enough. I did skip read to the end but couldn’t really tell you what happened.


Trouble

17Oct09

TRoubleMy reading rate has slowed down a little of late but I have done some.

Trouble was a charity shop buy. I haven’t read his parents novels (Joanathan and Faye Kellerman) but had read a reasonable review somewhere of this story. Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. The writing style was too terse for my taste and I didn’t engage with the characters at all. I did get to the end but found the ending unsatisfing in itself.


Teaser Tuesdays

06Oct09

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  •  Open to a random page
  •  Share two  “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page and title and author

Here’s mine from page 119 of E=MC² by David Bodanis

“In the long history of governments assigning the wrong man to a job – and there have been some choice ones – this is one of the choicest. Briggs had entered government service during the administration of Grver Cleveland, in 1897, before the Spanish-American war”.

 


Musing Mondays

05Oct09

Musing Mondays (BIG)

 

 

 

 

Today’s Musing Mondays post is about books on your wishlist. We did this a week ago on Wishful Wednesday but I am happy to list these again:

Howards End is on the Landing: A year of reading from home by Susan Hill

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Embroidered Books by Isobel Hall and

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande

I think 11 days on I will remove The Thirteenth Tale (for now) and add in these – my list grows daily!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Out by Natsuo Kirino and

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


D isMy next book is also crime (really my favourite genre).

This alaphabet series by Sue Grafton is excellent. Again the characters appeal and Kinsey Millhone (the 30 something PI and solver of crimes) is a feisty single woman with strong morals, as sense of humour and a penchant for trouble. The series is 21 books strong now and I had somehow missed this one so when I saw it recently in a second hand bookshop it was a must. Her later books have become more complex so going back to one near the beginning was very refreshing. Good story, brilliant characters and a satisfying ending – what more can you ask. I can’t wait to read book 21 – just out and still 5 more to go! Hooray.


Moving FingerThis was another reread (perhaps I have been in need of comfort) and a million miles away from Margaret Atwood.

I have always had a soft spot for Agatha Christie, ever since devouring most of her books in my teens. This remains one of my favourite stories for some strange reason. It is far from her best mystery but somehow the main characters are (for me anyway) very ‘real’. The back story is a lovely little romance and there is one chapter near the end that is nothing to do with the crime but that is extremely appealing (if a little cliched!). The denouement is as satisfying as usual and I love it.