Category Archives: books

Why Now? ( a more extensive venture into crime fiction)

I’m approaching 60. I’ve been an avid reader since I was 5 years old, and half a lifetime ago, as a “mature-aged student”, I completed a BA degree in English literature and creative writing. And yet, for some reason, only … Continue reading

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My Reading Problem

  I saw the film Short Circuit during its initial cinema release; I now find I can identify with its primary character, the escaped military robot Number Five. Brought to life by (from memory) a lightning strike, Number Five had … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (prelude)

It seems like I’ll be starting this book over the weekend. I bought it a couple of weeks ago but haven’t been able to read it yet because Gloria took possession of it and wouldn’t put it down. She has … Continue reading

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Baghdad Burning

An article in the Guardian, “Top 10 books about the Iraq war”* made me aware of the Baghdad Burning blog: The blog content has been released in book form, with two volumes. After reading through the first few entries … Continue reading

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Since I started my “books read” list in November 2009, I’ve read 298 books (as of today). That means I’m only 2 books away from the triple century milestone and have read an average of 40+ books per year for … Continue reading

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A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

I read this over two days during my Christmas break and I’d love to write something that could express how much I enjoyed it. But I wouldn’t want my own expressive shortcomings to diminish anyone’s impression of the book through … Continue reading

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Fences and Windows, Naomi Klein

Since September 11, I have spoken with friends from South Africa and Iran who are furious about the outpouring of grief demanded of them in response to the attacks. They say it is racist to ask the world to mourn … Continue reading

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Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

When I first read an Ian Fleming Bond book I was a young teen. Bond was someone I could aspire to be, with an adventurous life, unlimited travel and of course, there were always the girls. For a time James Bond … Continue reading

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Funny Girl, Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby was another safe bet. Another author who could be trusted to help me out of the book-reading difficulties I had last year. One of the appealing things about Funny Girl was its nostalgia; there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab

Bravo Two Zero isn’t a book I would have chosen to read. A work colleague told me that he never read books until he came across Andy McNab’s stories, and he lent me this autobiographical account of McNab’s involvement in … Continue reading

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