A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books

Notes and reflections - not really worthy to be called reviews - written at various times over a long life of eclectic reading.

Today
November
25
November 2017
13
reviewed: Funny Boy (Selvadurai)
If the writing is decent, as it is here, I am always inclined to be generous with autobiographical first novels. At first I w...
Funny Boy - Shyam Selvadurai
read and rated
reviewed: The Shipping News (Proulx)
"Outside, an hour later, Quoyle at his fire, the aunt taking things out of the food box; eggs, a crushed bag of bread, butter...
The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
read and rated
liked:
Killer of Kings is an enjoyable addition to Matthew Harffy's Bernicia Chronicles. From the time I read The Serpent Sword I ha...
liked:
"The Scent of Rain and Lightning," tells the story of the misfortune that strikes the Lindner family, the richest ranchers in...
reviewed: Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales (James)
P.D. James' estate has gone back to the well for this second annual book of short stories in time for Christmas sales, and I ...
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales - P. D. James, Peter Kemp
read and rated
November 2017
12
finished reading:
September 2017
1
finished reading:
August 2017
9
finished reading:
August 2017
07
liked:
I had previously read some books from JP Sloan (The Curse Merchant) but they were quite different from Yea Though I Walk, whi...
liked:
With historical accuracy, Dunkirk: A Miracle of Deliverance describes the evacuation of the British forces from the beaches o...
read and rated
reviewed: Visions in Death (Robb)
This was a light and easy impulse read before I embark again on my more literary projects. I've read a couple of these "In De...
Visions in Death - J.D. Robb
reviewed: In Bitter Chill (Ward)
Recommended on some book discussion board or other, this is one of the few debut crime novels I've read. Usually a writer wil...
In Bitter Chill - Sarah Ward
read and rated
reviewed: And Furthermore (Dench)
"Do not consider this an autobiography. I have neither the time nor the skill to write one," warns Dame Judi right at the beg...
And Furthermore - Judi Dench