Yes it’s been 2 weeks since I posted on a Sunday but life seems to have been frantic of late
I have more Aussie crime fiction to give away. Enter here. Your chances of winning are fairly high so give it a go.
Books Then and Now
My leisure reading time is still being curtailed heavily so I have only posted a couple of reviews in the past two weeks: Out by Natsuo Kirino and Bones by Jonathan Kellerman, neither of which were terribly good reads for me. As part of my early entry into a new weekly meme (Crime Fiction Alphabet) I also posted a mini review of a book I read BB (Before Blog) called Absolution. I have finished another book, a romp of a tale called Go to Helena Handbasket but a friend pinched my copy before I could even scribble some review notes but I hope to recapture the book this week for long enough to write a review.
My 4-day weekend was supposed to be devoted to reading the third and final installment of Stieg Larsson’s millennium trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Sadly real life has been annoyingly intrusive and I’ve not finished the book yet but I hope to get back to it soon. I shall make no more comment about the book yet.
I have no other books on the go just now although the next audio book on my play list is Ann Cleeves’ White Nights.
Arrivals and Departures
I posted earlier in the week about my three wickedly expensive new release purchases. But what the heck, a girl’s gotta read right?
I need some more ideas about how to rid myself of books. Book swapping sites are becoming a bit awkward to use as I end up giving many more books than I receive as lots of people won’t send to Australia which means I am seriously out of pocket. I don’t mind giving books away but paying to have them taken off my hands is going a bit far. Any other suggestions much appreciated though (local charity shops are not that interested I’ve found).
Not much of a fest this week but this article about the greatest fictional detectives has some holes in my opinion. Even if I assume they’re only talking about the UK and only about TV detectives they’ve missed, for a start, Andy Dalziel from Dalziel and Pascoe (one of the few transitions from book to TV that depicted the protagonist pretty much as I’d imagined him). And surely George Baker’s portrayal of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Reg Wexford deserves a look in. Have they missed one of your favourite English fictional detectives seen on TV?
…and one more thing
To all the people who catch public transport (especially the 105 bus) and, for the duration of the trip, carry on your personal telephone calls in which you shout at the top of your lungs about what Cheryl said about Wendy at last Friday’s booze-up and refuse to turn your volume down to a dull roar even when I plead, know this: there is a hell and you’re going straight there.
Now, back to Hornets’ Nest