cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

I've been away on holiday so this is a bit of a catch-up book post. I'll cut it, both for length and because one of the books is new in hardback and another is part of a long-running series and thus spoilers may creep in.

The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters. 147 pages.
An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters. 199 pages.
The Raven in the Foregate by Ellis Peters. 171 pagess
The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters. 172 pages
The Hermit of Eyton Forest. 179 pages.

Five more Brother Cadfael mysteries, in which murders are solved and true love facilitated by the sleuthing Welsh monk. Lovely gentle comfort reading.

Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi. 216 pages.

This is, basically, The Last Colony retold from the point of view of the protagonists' adopted daughter, Zoe.

I've never been a great fan of that sort of thing, but we'd enjoyed the previous books in this series, so we decided to give it a go. I can see why the author did the book the way he did, for the character building, which is undeniably good, but the actual events, with a couple of significant excestions are shown at exactly the same points as previously, which was more than a little dull at times.

Not a bad book, but a superfluous one, I feel.

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch 357 pages

Book four of the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series.

There was a bit less going on this time than in the previous book and I felt this was was the better for it. Another adventure for the Met's sorcery squad, this time involving going undercover in a Grade II listed tower block south of the river nd the continuing search for the Faceless Man.

Looking forward eagerly to book 5.

The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde 380 pages

Book 7 of the Thursday Next series. The previous book in this series was set mainly in the Bookworld, and presumably to balance that, this one is set in the "real" world with a few mentions of the Bookworld.

Thursday is recovering slowly from an almost-successful assassination attempt and could well do without the machinations of the evil Goliath Corporation, homicidal nuns, running the Wessex library service and her son being about to commit murder for no apparent reason, not to mention the imminent smiting of Swindon by an angry deity. But she has to deal with all this and a fair bit more.

I missed the Bookworld in this one, but it was still a good story with plenty going on and again I'm looking forward to the next one. As it were.

A Guiding Star by Joyce Stranger. 184 pages

I like Joyce Stranger's books while remaining aware of their limitations and faults. This one seems to have been written quite late in her life and takes her habitual terse, choppy style to almost Hemingwayesque lengths, but it was still a reasonably good story about a lost dog and a family trying to recover from tragedy. It could have been expanded by half without becoming bloated though.

Tags: animals, crime fiction, fantasy

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