Friday, 3 October 2014
Bibliophile - September
What a great month of reading. The much anticipated third and final volume of Ken Follett's Century Trilogy - Edge of Eternity - was released. I read the first volume in August of 2011 and the second volume in November of 2012. It's been a long wait but the conclusion of this sprawling tale was worth it. The interesting aspect of Follett's epic has to be how he sets his characters against actual events of history. For example a main character works for Bobby Kennedy. Another, for Nikita Khrushchev and so on. I enjoyed this tomb although at over 1000 pages it took a while to read.
Another highlight was the recently published The Bone Clocks a fascinating tale of time travel and the supernatural. The story centres on a central character but the various sections of the book are told from the perspective of people she comes into contact with. I loved it.
And The Rosie Project was a hilarious read involving a fellow who develops a questionnaire in order to determine worthy wife prospects.
My favourite music book this week was Hard Listening about a group called the Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of writers and their friends who played rock and roll in their spare time for twenty years. Not so unusual until you realize the group membership includes Stephen King, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Matt Groening and a host of others. Another funny read.
I got through seven books in September bringing my year to date total to 76. Here's the seven I read.
A Morning For Flamingos (Dave Robicheaux 4/20) - James Lee Burke ****
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion *****
Hard Listening - Rock Bottom Remainders ****
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell *****
The Children Act - Ian McEwan ****
Edge of Eternity, Volume Three of The Century Trilogy - Ken Follett *****
Me The Mob and The Music - Tommy James ***
What have you been reading lately?