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Saturday December 31, 2016

Books in December

  • Coffin Road by Peter May BOM-CoffinRoad.jpg
    While waiting for the final book in the Enzo series (Cast Iron - out January) I was inspired to read his latest book. It was excellent of course. Enough said.
    It seems to have taken me a while to realise but looking back I see that a lot of his novels have "eco" themes - they run all through the China novels, and appear strongly in this one. I do find that I can fail to recognise an author's main interest or genre, which I guess is because often the first book I read is outside their "norm".

  • Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
    BOM-StoneMattress.jpg A collection of nine short stories (which Atwood explains need to be called tales) - the first 3 being loosely linked.
    Tales that reveal the grotesque, delightfully wicked facets of humanity - and largely focussed on "old folk":
    • Alphinland
    • Revenant
    • Dark Lady
    • Lusus naturae
    • The freeze-dried groom
    • I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth
    • The Dead Hand Loves You
    • Stone Mattress
    • Torching the Dusties

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly BOM-TheWrongSideOfGoodbye.jpg
    Well we all love Harry so well done for Connelly persevering with the character just for our sakes when realistically he should be long retired. We already saw him leave the PD (sadly on a low) at the end of the last book, but he is still involved in upholding truth, justice, and his own personal American way.
    I am not sure Connelly can take his old characters now, but I understand the next book introduces new ones - we just have to learn to love them as much....

  • Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon BOM-MysteryInWhite.jpg
    Snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home.
    A British Library Crime Classic from 1937 reissued in 2014.
    'The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.'

  • A Cool Head by Ian Rankin [read by Peter Forbes] BOM-ACoolHead.jpg
    Gravy worked in the graveyard - hence the name. He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn't recognise. Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun. Gravy had looked after things for Benjy before, but never a gun.

  • Christmas: Five on Brexit Island, and the Pride and Puddings
    These were some terrific Christmas gifts.
    I am guessing after the issue of Ladybird books "for grown ups" - designed to appeal to exactly my age group - the excursion into Famous Five in a similar format was a natural progression. A fun idea and pretty well executed - and on a matter dear to my heart.
    The history of puddings by Regula Ysewijn is .... well what can I say?! Perfick!.

    BOM-FiveOnBrexitIsland.jpg BOM-PrideAndPuddings.jpg

  • FrenchmansCreek.jpg Frenchman's Creek
    An abridged reading by Adjoa Andoh for Book at Bedtime. This took me back to my teenage years when I first read this Daphne Du Maurier historical novel (loaned to me by my friend Elaine). I do remember thinking it was a great read but hearing it again I can only think it was because teenage girls in general like romantic fiction. I also did not properly remember how it ended - and apart from anything else I believe it is known for its unusual ending. At the time it was suggested to me that it was a "sequel" to Jamaica Inn, (which I did not read until many years later), but I found no evidence of that either by reviewers or in the text - I think it is simply one of "the four Cornish novels".

  • BillNighy.jpg The Cinderella Killer
    A job in Panto seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of Panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. It's not long before the slapstick makes way for a murder.
    Bill Nighy as the weak willed, and clearly attractive hero, Charles Paris. Based on Simon Brett's novel, once again brilliantly adapted by Jeremy Front, and directed by Sally Avens.

Posted on December 31, 2016 at 9:27 AM. Category: Books of the Month.

Friday December 16, 2016

Nice Fish


Tis the season.
This had mixed reviews but I think only because you have to be of the right mind set to enjoy it. That's not an elitist remark, but it's just like many forms of humour that are both loathed and also have huge cult following. I think the main complaint was that it was not "about anything" - which was (more than) fine if that's what you were expecting.
I enjoyed it hugely and the icy wasteland of a set was fantastic.

"Kookily compelling." Daily Telegraph

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 11:05 AM. Category: Art and Culture.

Sunday December 11, 2016

Red Shoes


Another Sadlers Wells production - wonderful (of course) - but I have to admit in terms of "plot" it was not what I expected, being a representation of a film which I have never seen. I thought it was a traditional folk tale so when Rob kept saying "I wonder if they will have the train" I thought he must be a bit confused - but it turned out that the confusion was entirely mine.

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM. Category: Art and Culture.

Saturday December 10, 2016

Seasonal fun


Morris Men in Kingston "annoying Santa" (!)


Posted on December 10, 2016 at 4:55 PM. Category: Art and Culture.