Recently Read - 25th February 2008
By user12607856 on Feb 25, 2008
Here's a list of the books I've recently read, with an Amazon-style star rating and a few comments.
- The Moccasin Telegraph - W. P. Kinsella
- The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
Two books containing
IndianNative American stories written by IndiansNative Americans. The first is very funny in parts, but overall, they are just variations on a theme and I found them more depressing than enjoyable. The (fairly) high star ratings are because they are well written. They are just not what I really want to read more of.
- Jeeves in the Offing - P. G. Wodehouse
- Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
If my library didn't have them, there is no way I'd buy these thin expensive hardcover books. But it does, and they are mind
lesscandy, so I read them quickly, grumble I'll never read another one because it's the same story over and over again. And around we go again.
- The Best of Morecambe & Wise - Eddie Braben
Morecambe and Wise were two of my favorite comedians when I was growing up. (Although rather dated now, there are numerous sketchs of them on YouTube if you are interested). This was a 25c purchase at a recent library book sale. It contains several of their best scripts written by Eddie Braben.
- A Man Called Spade - Dashiell Hammett
Book of short mystery and detective stories by Hammett (containing three featuring Sam Spade).
- The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
My on-going effort to educate myself by reading some of the all-time classic plays.
- The Crack In Space - Philip K. Dick
One of the lesser known works by Dick.
- It Was a Dark And Stormy Night - Ed. Scott Rice
Many of the selections from the first Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Some very funny entries, mixed with a lot that weren't.
- Walking Across Egypt - Clyde Edgerton
Absolutely hated the ending.
Two more from the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century list.
- Aunt Dimity's Death - Nancy Atherton
See a previous post for my thoughts on this one.
- Devil In A Blue Dress - Walter Mosley
I wish I'd read this before seeing the movie about 12 years ago. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have understood it better. Great book!
Then there were a load of graphic novels. See here for my thoughts on most of the ones I read. Plus four more:
- Top 10 Book 2 - Alan Moore
- Top 10 Forty Niners - Alan Moore
Two more from one of my favorite series. The art work on Forty-Niners is exceptional.
- Tom Strong Book 1 - Alan Moore
- The Borden Tragedy - Rick Geary
This to me is a poster child for graphic novels. Beautiful black-and-white line artwork. The writing is precise and complete. Great story-telling. If I'd bought this (as opposed to borrowing it from my local library), the back cover -- where Geary spells out the reasons why O. J. Simpson is the Lizzie Borden of the twentieth century -- would be worth the price alone. I will definitely be reading more books in this series.