Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Interseting book about a man who gives away his twin daughter, born with Downs Syndrome at birth, without telling his wife, but saying she died at birth. The story follows his family's life and the life of the twin daughter and shows how his action changes so many people's lives.

At risk by stella Rimington

Yes, that Stella Rimington - the ex head of MI 5. A formulaic story about an international terrorist attack on a UK location and the interlocking of M I 5, M I 6 and the police. Good enough for a by-the-pool read but I wouldn't put in my top ten.


The lollipop shoes - Joanne harris

the same characters as chocolate so understandably twee. keep you guessing until the end.. although I didn't really understand the ending!

sleep pale sister - joanne harris

Really quire dark, but then again aren't all of hers. Liked it esp as it was a bit less twee than the chocolate series. confusingly told from different view points that are difficult to catch on to at the beginning!


how to talk to a widower - Jonathan Tropper

This was our first book for Lou's book club.. can't decide if it was just a chick lit written from a man's point of view or actually an interesting take on the world! the ending was dreadful and I think that turned me off the book at the last minute.
we didn't really chat about the book at book club.. so it hadn't inspired too much


the laughing fox - frank hrubert

found this at work in the canteen.. total rubbish. i'll never get those hours of my life back again.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Next by Michael Chrichton

Typical Michael Chrichton modern science fiction. The interesting feature is that it is about research/GM. A quick, easy read, and worth it for me. But perhaps not for you . . . . .


Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki

Enjoyed this book, although I thought it might be a bit dull at that start. Roopa Farooki was at Oxford around the same time as Sarah, not sure if you came across her. The book is about two generations in an Asian family who lives become quite complicated, as the father is leading a double life in England unknown to his daughter who also lives in London. An easy read, very suitable for sitting by the pool.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham

Hmmm. Interesting enough and a good classic sci fi. But not a competitor to Wyndhams' The Chrysalids. Glad I re-read it but it was a bit of chore. Although it deals with surprisingly modern themes (GM, collapse of the world as we know it) it is very dated in it's style.


The Accidental by ......

Very enjoyable read. A complex presentation of what can happen when a stranger steps into a family's life and everything is altered. You sway between whether the alterations are good or bad. And the style is good (after you spend the first chapter figuring it out) and it becomes a fast read - a page-turner for me. Thanks Eileen.