Monday, June 30, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

Read this for book club..

hmm I have no desire to read any more of these books but it was quite interesting. Interesting as you know the ending but not sure how it's going to come about. Not sure how historically accurate it is, some bits is says are more accurate than others.


Friday, June 20, 2008

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Not sure whether it's better to read a book before seeing the film or other way round, but I think it helped to see the film first in this case. The book reads like a film script...very fast moving and lots of quick dialogue. Nevertheless it's a very well written story which keeps you feeling tense and I'm not sure any writer could match the tension in the store scene between Chigurh and the shopkeeper. The sheriff's thoughts (written in italics through the book) are very despairing.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Once upon a time in the north by Philip Pulman

Lovely short story about what happend to Lee Scoresby and Iorek Brynison before the setting of His Dark Materials. Maybe it doesn't have the depth that the trilogy does but still worth a read when you want a quick enjoyable read.

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

This is this month's book club choice...probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. Having said that, it's a really good read about the life of an old lawyer looking back on his life. He was born in the east and sent back to UK as a child to be educated. Quite amusing in parts and gives a good impression of what life was like under the British Empire.