Monthly Archives: January 2011

Dogged & Determined Detective Work

Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, translated by Lois Roth Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö are the Swedish couple that more than any other authors really defined the police procedural crime novel in their ten book sequence of Martin Beck novels, of which Roseanna is the first.  Writing in the mid-1960s onwards and influenced by Ed McBain’s 87th precinct… Read more »

Happy Birthday to David Lodge

Just doing some updating in Librarything I noticed on a sidebar that it’s David Lodge’s birthday, so I thought I’d highlight this quintessentially British author who is 75 today. Lodge is a fellow South Londoner, but these days lives and works in Birmingham which he has immortalised in his fictional university city of Rummidge, indeed the halls of academe loom… Read more »

Will this hustle live up to the mark …

Fall Girl by Toni Jordan After my previous post, another second novel.  But first a few words about its predecessor. Australian author Toni Jordan’s first novel Addition (which I reviewed here) was a quirky and witty romance, in which the main character Grace had a form of OCD which led to her counting everything and hero-worshiping Nikola Tesla.  It was… Read more »

‘Guantanamo UK’ & the Hotel California

The Facility by Simon Lelic Simon Lelic’s first novel, Rupture, was such a breath of fresh air last year that when I was able to get my hands on an advance copy of his second, I could hardly wait to read it and for the publication date to get near.  Would it be as innovative as his stunning debut, Rupture,… Read more »

Incoming …

Annabel   22nd January 2011   No Comments on Incoming …

A box arrived yesterday, and it turned out to be full of books – yes I actually won a prize (I think!) – a set of bestsellers from Hodder. Thank you very much! Now there’s some good stuff in this pile, and I know I’m currently engaged in the TBR Dare, but one of these books in particular is just… Read more »

Becoming human

Annabel   21st January 2011   17 Comments on Becoming human

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman This book has won the top awards for children’s fiction going – the US Newbery, the UK Carnegie, plus a Hugo for SF/Fantasy amongst many other awards and nominations. The Graveyard Book is Gaiman’s first full length novel for children since Coraline, (which I loved and reviewed here). Would it live up to my expectations… Read more »

Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany

So a few weeks in and one chunky book under my belt, how am I getting on with my Kindle … Pretty well I think.  I’m used to the smaller amount of text on the screen versus the page, I’ve used the bookmarking and highlighting functions,  searched for a half-remembered quote and found it.  I’ve downloaded several free classics, plus… Read more »

Resistance isn’t futile

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, trans Michael Hofmann I was put off reading this book for months, anticipating that it would be too difficult, too philosophical, too heavy; also that being 608 pages including appendices it would take too long to read.  I was wrong on all accounts. Alone in Berlin was written in just a few weeks in… Read more »

A Whale of a Read!

Annabel   14th January 2011   7 Comments on A Whale of a Read!

Moby Dick by Herman Melville This was our Book Group’s choice for our Christmas  read – we always tackle a classic over the festive season. This time we couldn’t decide between ourselves, so everyone threw a suggestion in the hat and this came out. Moby Dick is one of those books I always planned to read eventually as it is such… Read more »

Time Travel & Romance – A Steampunky Love Story

My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen No Liz Jensen book is ever like any other by her, or anyone else for that matter. The three I’ve now read were all quirky in different ways, and great fun to read.  Dirty Little Book, as I shall call it for short, combines a historical setting in 19thC fin… Read more »