December 28th, 2013

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Books 112 -119 for 2013

112. Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood, 144 pages.
113. Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood. 132 pages.
114. Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood. 145 pages.

The second, third and fourth books in the Phryne Fisher series.

All nicely plotted and easy fun reads. I like the 1920s Australian setting, and since I know very little about that time and place, I'm protected from noticing any glaring errors there may be in the setting :)

115. Grandad, There's A Head On The Beach by Colin Cotterill. 227 pages

Second of the Jimm Juree series. I was expecting another quirky murder mystery like the previous book about Jimm and her eccentric family, and to a certain extent that's what this book is, but it also widens its scope rather and has a swipe at current affairs in Thailand.

Not quite what was expected, but none the worse for that.

116. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews. 235 pages.

Fourth of the Meg Langslow series. Mostly very enjoyable although I felt the denouement descended further into farce than was good for it, even in a series like this which never takes itself entirely seriously.

117. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 230 pages.

It occurred to me that although I've seen dozens of films and tv shows based on the Tarzan story, I couldn't remember having read the original book. I may have done so when I was a teenager - I read so many books then and can't remember half of them now - but I decided to read it now.

It wasn't quite what I expected in some ways - Edgar Rice Burroughs tends to be looked on as a "pulp" writer, but his prose is pretty good, all things considered. And the story didn't go quite as I'd expected either - or rather the first half did, being the account of Tarzan's birth and how he came to be brought up among the great apes, but the second half seemed to veer into Jane Austen territory in places. And the ending was not what I'd expected at all and makes me want to read the next in the series to find out what happens next.

118. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut Jnr. 132 pages.

Well. That was weird.

This is a very odd book and not just because the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim has "come unstuck in time" and apparently travels constantly between the various events in his life - including his death and being kidnapped by aliens.

I had the constant feeling with this book that I was Missing The Point and that it might require the application of illegal substances to understand it fully.

119. Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. 259 pages.

Kitty Norville is a late-night DJ . And a werewolf.

When her show becomes a talk show focusing on supernatural issues it precipitates big changes both in Kitty's life and in the wider supernatural community.

Not a great book, but interesting enough I'll probably read the next in the series which already on my TBR pile.
Dead Dog Cat

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I haven't been keeping up like I should; I finished a book two days ago, being Osprey New Vanguard #162: US Destroyers 1934 – 45. Workhorses of the world's fleets, destroyers were needed to protect merchant and warships from submarines, as well as helping to screen capital ships in case of fleet actions. This book discusses the vessels that were planned before the lessons of WWII were learned. Pretty interesting read, with good photos and plates.