Sunday, September 27, 2015

Resistance is futile

I did surprisingly little reading over the three and a half weeks of our holiday but I did get into my kindle and find it fine. 

I was in the middle of Elizabeth is Missing when we set off. A woman with dementia is convinced her best friend has gone missing and her erratic thoughts help her to find the answer to a much older mystery. It's very well written and a disturbing insight into the mind of a person affected by degeneration of the brain. *****

That was the only paperback I took with me but as I wanted to read on the beach I borrowed one form the collection of left-behind books in Tuna Bay Resort. Given it was the only book in English in the library I didn't have much choice but to take Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan. I wouldn't have chosen it normally but I quickly found myself liking the narrator, who incidentally is dead. And I enjoyed the first half of the book but then it went a bit crazy and I got bored. It's the only book I've read by this author but from what I've read of her other books some at least would have a similar fantasy-like quality. ***

Then it was on to the first of my kindle reads, Girl on a Train, as recommended by Furtheron. Now this was a good book. Excellent very flawed characters, lots of red herrings and a satisfactory conclusion. *****

After that fairly serious and dark novel for my next selection I opted for Resistance is Futile by Jenny Colgan. From the blurb I expected the sort of humour you get in Big Bang Theory; I was disappointed. And when it went off into the realms of sci-fi I was really disappointed. Also it was in need of a good proof-reader. (Husband picked up lots of mistakes in my book, This Time Next Year, after I'd published it but this proves even the professionals with proper agents and publishers don't always get it right.) **

Finally, Curvy Girls Club. This seemed to be uncertain whether it was motivational book for fatties, a health awareness campaign, an executive manual or a romance. Mildly entertaining. ***


Rose said...

I just picked up "Girl on a Train," but I haven't started it yet. Glad to know you give it a great recommendation. I'm so far behind on blog-reading, but I have kept up with your travels on Facebook. What an adventure!

Liz Hinds said...

It was, Rose, and I have so much still to post about! Like you I'm behind on blog-reading.

Ole Phat Stu said...

Just finished Terry Pratchett's last book "The shepherd's crown". Excellent :-)
Shame pTerry died :-(