I've read a few books over the last couple of weeks. So here we go:|
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
This is a collection of short fiction and poetry. The poetry, with a couple of partial exceptions, is not great. The short stories vary in quality, with a few really excellent ones, notably a re-telling of Snow White, a beautiful tale about a troll, and a really gentle story about an old lady who finds the Holy Grail in an Oxfam shop. He gets a bit close to whimsy at times, and some of the descriptions of sex are poor (calling a vagina 'her sex' is not a good idea) but all in all this was a pleasant read in the bath.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I've started dating a lot recently and, because I'm in my 30s, so are most of my dates. I don't know what it is, but women in their 30s who fancy me seem to like Margaret Atwood. I thought Id better read her, and I'm pleased I did. She has a wonderful, plain style. The story (barring an amusing plot hole) is compelling and well-structured. She nicks ideas from loads of places in a way that I really enjoyed. It's quietly disturbing, and has certainly made me want to read more of her stuff.
Ex Machina Vol. 1
This is a superhero comic with a heavy political leaning. The politics are handled quite artfully, and thus far I am really enjoying it. I look forward to volume 2 dropping through my letterbox.
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
What a shit title. I've realised that William Boyd basically writes airport fiction for folk who wouldn't be seen dead reading standard, pulpy fare. This is an OK spy thriller, but is nowhere near as good as 'The New Confessions' or its lesser, but more lauded, brother 'Any Human Heart.' It's perfectly fine, but has an irritating habit of picking interesting subjects (psychoanalysis in Vienna at the time of Freud) and then not really doing much with them.
Y:The Last Man Vol 1
Comic about the last male on an Earth. It's an interesting premise, but I didn't care much for the writing or the art. I'm going to give Vol. 2 a chance but, unless there's some serious improvement, this will get abandoned.
Edited by dutchspeededup at 15:58:40 04-05-2012