Chorister wrote: »
'One Day' by David Nicholls. Not too sure about this one yet, reading the first chapter it sounds depressingly like several other books I've read recently, where people never quite get it together permanently with their most obviously suitable partner. A sign of the times, maybe, that people want to have it all and are not willing to settle? But you can't judge a book by its first few pages, so I shall persevere, and hope.
Marsupial wrote: »
I also picked up two Michael Ondaatje novels over the summer - Divisadero and Anil's Ghost - and my reaction is mixed. Ondaatje can certainly write, but sometimes one gets the sense of too much "writing" sitting on top of a rather flimsy infrastructure plot-and-structure-wise. And I feel sometimes too much weirdness for weirdness sake.
Trudy wrote: »
In reference to the last two posts: I enjoyed Normal People more than I expected, and The Bookshop less than I expected.
I assumed I'd love The Bookshop because I love books about bookshops, but it was a book that felt, somehow, "cold" to me -- I didn't warm to any of the characters and the tone felt oddly sterile. I have a hard time remembering much about it now though I'm sure it's less than a year since I read it.
Twilight wrote: »
I'm reading Kate Atkinson's latest; Big Sky. As usual she keeps me turning pages, leading me to care about a wide variety of characters, and making me laugh out loud so much my husband has to leave the room.
This one is her darkest, though, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who might be triggered by child abuse. I myself wish I hadn't read it right before bed last night.
She refers from time to time to a deceased, once beloved, now disgraced member of British society whose last name ends in "vile." I would have no idea he was a real person if it wasn't for the ship!
Jemima the 9th wrote: »
I read (on a bulletin board somewhere on the internet, so probably untrue) that a lot of the crime she writes is based on true cases. So that’s rather put me off reading any more of her books...
Chorister wrote: »
If you have ever watched the decline of a loved one, then 'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande (a doctor and professor of medicine) will resonate. He argues that medical training doesn't prepare doctors for decline and death, only healing. So they are very unprepared to deal with people at the end of their lives and therefore try to prolong it at all costs. This, he asserts, can often lead to cruel treatment, keeping someone alive for just a few weeks extra, in great suffering. He believes that, instead, doctors should help people to prepare for a good death, where keeping them alive artificially is not a realistic option.
I must say that I agree with him.
Timothy the Obscure wrote: »
It's like Le Carre with a little bit of Terry Pratchett mixed in.
Pure Sunshine wrote: »
Once I got to the 'twist' in Transcription, I found myself going back to see if I could see any hints of it - I think there should have been a few more as it was not at all guessable
Trudy wrote: »
Re Kate Atkinson's "twists" -- who has read Behind the Scenes at the Museum? That is my favourite of hers (closely followed by Life After Life.
Stercus Tauri wrote: »
I'm reading Rory Stewart's "The Places in Between" about his journey on foot through Afghanistan. So far, he comes across as a most engaging writer; modest, articulate and courageous man with a good story to tell. It seems pleasantly (to me) old fashioned, perhaps a little in the style of Fitzroy Mclean. He seems a little different from his competitors for Mrs May's job.
Hedgehog wrote: »
Almost as cynical as publishing an Agatha Christie mystery under two different titles. Some of them were re-titled for the American market...but then, a couple years later, the American publisher also printed them with the original title! One could easily buy the same book twice.