Recently Read - 24th March 2008
By user12607856 on Mar 24, 2008
Here's a list of the books I've recently read, with an Amazon-style star rating and a few comments.
First a load more graphic novels:
- God Save The Queen - Mike Carey
A very strange book.
- The Saga Of The Bloody Benders - Rick Geary
- The Fatal Bullet - Rick Geary
- Jack The Ripper - Rick Geary
- The Murder Of Abraham Lincoln - Rick Geary
- The Mystery Of Mary Rogers - Rick Geary
- The Case Of Madeline Smith - Rick Geary
That's the rest of the Rick Geary series. A fun way to learn history, albeit for the very specific sub-genre of Victorian murder mysteries.
- Fables : Wolves - Bill Willingham
- Fables : Sons Of Empire - Bill Willingham
I've now read all of the currently published entries in this series and am patiently waiting for the next one to be available.
- Flight : Volume 1 - Various Artists
- Flight : Volume 3 - Various Artists
- Flight : Volume 4 - Various Artists
Three anthologies of graphic short stories (or comics depending on how you look at them) of varying quality and appeal.
- The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen : Volume 1 - Alan Moore
- The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen : Volume 2 - Alan Moore
And the rest.
- The Goon Show Scripts - Spike Milligan
- More Goon Show Scripts - Spike Milligan
These two books have been sitting on my bookshelves unread for over 30 years. It was about time I read them.
The Goon Show was a radio comedy program from the 1950's that was way ahead of its time. Checkout their web site for lots of goodies. If you've never heard of them before, spend 2-3 minutes
watchinglistening to this clip. Don't look at it. Just imagine you were listening to it in front of the wirelessradio over 50 years ago. It helps to know that the character of Eccles (played by Spike Milligan) is an idiot and Bluebottle (played by Peter Sellers) is another idiot (with a cardboard fetish).
- Bones Of The Moon - Jonathan Carroll
An early Carroll novel and slightly disappointing. I guess he was still honing his writing skills.
- Gideon's Fire - J. J. Marric
J.J. Marric is really John Creasey. Won an Edgar for best novel in 1962.
- Sleeping Dog - Dick Lochte
This has to be one of the best mystery books I've read in a long time. Great plot, very funny and told alternatively by the two main characters in the first person. It doesn't hurt that it's set in California with a lot of places where I've been. As the Library Journal says:
Lochte's novel snagged the Nero Wolfe Award and was nominated for an Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Award when it debuted in 1985. Not bad for a first novel.
- Free Fall - Robert Crais
The last of the Elvis Cole books that I hadn't read.
- Looking For Rachel Wallace - Robert B. Parker
If you haven't read any of Parker's Spenser novels, this is a great one to start with.
- The Iceman Cometh - Eugene O'Neill
Another classic play. At a 4-1/2 hour running time, I'd prefer to read this rather than watch it. If it's still too much, then there's always The Gasman Cometh by Flanders and Swann, superbly recreated in LEGO.
- Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds
This was a slog. I put it down many times, but kept coming back to it so I could get closure. I ended up reading it in short bursts. I loved the first two books in the series, but this one was a struggle. The ending is very disappointing too. It just fizzles out. Maybe Reynolds got fed up with it. I certain did.