Sunday, 31 January 2016

2016 Book #4: The Martian

By Andy Weir. Hugely entertaining and lots of suspense and science. I look forward to seeing the movie. 

2016 Book #3: The Island at the Centre of the World

By Russel Shorto.  Very easy read and very interesting look at the Dutch colony that founded Manhattan. My favorite bits were learning how certain parts of America and Manhattan came to be named (eg Wall Street, Brooklyn, Harlem), and also the influence of the Dutch language on America vocabulary.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

2016 Book #2: The Lost Dog

The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser. Reviewed by both Ursula Le Guin and A S Byatt!  Took a while to get into, partly due to the detached story telling style, but I enjoyed the eventual unfolding of the mystery and time shifted narrative.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

2016 Book 1: The Pilo Family Circus

Good to have it off my to be read pile. Otherwise, not too fussed about it. The writing very much felt like that of a newer author - which I think Will Elliott was at the time. However, I expected it to be better given all the awards it won.