Monday, November 28, 2005

Death of a Village: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, by M.C. Beaton



Enjoyable, as always. A few moments that give pause, especially how spousal abuse is addressed (I noticed that in Death of a Bore as well) but I will certainly read more in the Hamish Macbeth series.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Death Goes Shopping: A Jenny Turnball Mystery, by Jessica Burton



I guess the main problem I have with this book is that the main character and her best friend are so seriously flawed and unlikeable in their priorities and reactions that they are down right unlikely. What's more, the author not only seems unaware (or under aware) of this, she also leaves holes in the plot and character development for the sake of advancing the narrative.

Friday, November 25, 2005

My Movie Business: A Memoir, by John Irving



Mostly about the making of the film, The Cider House Rules, but written before the film's marketting or theatrical release--actually, before the film's final cut--it did make me want to re-watch the movie and re-read not only the novel but other novels of his as well, particularly A Widow For One Year and A Son of the Circus (which has always been my favourite).

As with all Irving memoirs,

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Until I Find You, by John Irving



It was alright. John Irving seems to be re-writing his own story the way he wished it had happened--the hairy sexually dominant older girl, for example. But a few things were left sloppy and the author's voice could be so frustrating. As with all John Irving novels, I wanted to shout at him for drawing all the wrong conclusions about people,