Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Caveman by Jorn Lier Horst

The Caveman
Jorn Lier Horst
2017, Affirm Press

A neighbour of Detective William Wisting dies and remains undiscovered for four months. Wisting's daughter, a journalist, wishes to write a story on how this could happen in modern society and begins to investigate his life. Meanwhile a body is found in a Christmas tree lot which appears to be connected with a 1980s serial killer.

This is the first book I've read in this Scandinavian murder series, even though it's book four. I bought it at the airport and that's probably the best way to describe it. It's an airport book - extremely easily readable, fun and quick. The chapters are really short, even rivalling James Patterson (ok, maybe not that short). There were a couple of errors in the text, not sure if it's an error by the author or by the translator. Still, a fun quick read and definitely recommended.

This book is registered at bookcrossing

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hagseed by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood
2017, Kindle ebook

Former theatre director Felix starts a theatre program in a prison with the plan to take revenge on those who are responsible for his downfall. This is a retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

I was unfamiliar with The Tempest but didn't find that that mattered, and I actually didn't realise it would be a retelling until I started reading. A great tale of revenge and pettiness that keeps the reader (well, kept me) guessing as to what is true or what is imagined.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Zone One
Colson Whitehead
2011, Kindle ebook

A zombie plague novel set in post-apocalyptic New York city. Mark Spitz was an ordinary man before the outbreak, and after the outbreak he is still an ordinary man, but the bar of what's ordinary has shifted. His job is to eradicate the remaining zombies in order to make the island inhabitable by the living.

An enjoyable zombie outing, with lots of words I had to use the kindle's dictionary feature on! I thought it was a very realistic take on post-zombie-apocalyptic madness, and a delve into human nature.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last
Margaret Atwood
2016, Kindle ebook

Dystopian (what else) novel by Margaret Atwood which takes place in a future of economic downturn. High unemployment, home loss, roving gangs and violence prompt the protagonists Stan and Charmaine to turn for help to a company that promises security. Built around a prison, the community supplies jobs and homes for all its inhabitants. But what's the catch?

Another great dystopian read from Atwood. This is an interesting take on the financial crisis and where it could lead to in a capitalistic society. The characters are 3 dimensional - and by that I mean quite detestable. As always, there's a smattering of feminist politics included for good measure.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining
Stephen King
1977, Kindle ebook

Jack Torrance takes on the job of caretaker at The Overlook Hotel for the winter season with his wife and son Danny, who has telepathic powers. After the snow cuts them off from all access, Jack begins to behave oddly and violently.

More terrifying work from King. Jack was a surprisingly sympathetic characte. It was hard to put this book down. I would like to see the movie now.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Mathew Reilly

The Four Legendary Kingdoms
Matthew Reilly
2016, kindle ebook

Jack West Jr. again has to save the world. Oh wait no, this time he has to save the universe. Something something Hercules something Sikorsky.

Enjoyable as always. Reilly writes really fun books.

Still without compute so reviews will be shorter than normal/littered with spelling errors.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mutiny on the Bounty by William Bligh

Mutiny on the Bounty
William Bligh
2006 (1790), White Star, Italy

This book contains William Bligh's logbook of the narrative of the Mutiny and subsequent happenings to the crew members thrown off the ship, proceedings of the court martial of the crew who stayed behind on the ship and were captured, an answer to allegations by Captian Bligh written by the mutiny's ringleader's brother, an answer to that answer from Captain Bligh, and a narrative of what happened to the mutineers who escaped to Pitcairn Island.

So parts of this we're quite exciting , such as the logbooks of Bligh detailing the adventure of the open seopen sea, angry natives, and low provisions as they sailed in a small inadequate craft for TIMor. Timor. I also enjoyed reading of what happened to the mutineers when they reached Pitcairn Island. Island. The minutes from the trial and the back and forth between Nicholas Christian and Eillial Bligh were rather dull though.