Monday, June 27, 2011


Whilst idly perusing my google analytics stats I noticed that I'd gotten a few hits on my "Bookshelf" page.  Which is sad because I've been too lazy to update it for at least six months. 

From time to time I get briefly excited about a new concept, such as writing book reviews in haiku form or as limericks.  But then apathy takes over again and nothing happens.  I did briefly consider starting up another blog just for such reviews, but reasoned that the likelihood of actually keeping it going once the novelty wears off is very slim.  As you may have noticed, new concepts are very exciting to me for about a fortnight.

For those who wonder, here's a short list to update you on some the books I've read since about Christmas.  You may notice that there are quite a few 5/5 ratings here - I was lucky and hit a real purple patch around March...

Currently reading:
Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake.  The Tolstoy of baroque fantasy.

Recently read:
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro.  Haunting and sinister chick-lit. 5/5
Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars - David Chandler.  Can you really "read" a dictionary? 4/5
Rifles - Six Years With Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters - Mark Urban.  Like a Napoleonic Peter FitzSimons. 3/5
Welcome To The Monkey House - Kurt Vonnegut.  Assertively off-kilter.  3/5
Blind - Matthew Farrer.  Confusingly creative non-genre genre sci-fi.  3/5
Open - Andre Agassi.  Inside the tennis racket.  5/5
How To Make Gravy - Paul Kelly.  This is what blogs should be.  5/5
Into Thin Air - John Krakauer.  Tragic personality clashes at altitude.  5/5
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino.  Hallucinatory travelogue.  5/5
Brighton Rock - Graham Greene.  Queen's song is better.  2/5
The Book Of Sand + Shakespeare's Memory - Jorge Luis Borges.  Betrayed by elevated expectations.  3/5
The Gospel According To Jesus Christ - José Saramago.  A cynical epiphany.  3/5
The Happiest Refugee - Anh Do.  A dull comedian from a fascinating family.  2/5
Eisenhorn Trilogy - Dan Abnett. Batman in the 40K-verse.  4/5
Titanicus - Dan Abnett.  Kill! Crush! Destroy!  3/5

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