All entries for Thursday 28 December 2006

December 28, 2006

Books I read this Winter 06

5 out of 5 stars

I really liked this, I read it over the space of a few days – every time I went into the room I’d left the book in, I picked it up and started reading.

In my ignorance I hadn’t realised that Perez-Reverte wrote more serious novels than the Captain Alatriste books one of which I reviewed in the Summer.

That Teresa – what a woman! What balls! I’ll certainly give his other books a go and can recommend this but you may wish to acquaint yourself with some Spanish invective – what does pinche mean?

Finally, I don’t think I’d like to visit Sinaloa – a bit too dangerous- and when you are sitting on the beach next Summer just imagine what they’re carrying in those speedboats.

Books I read this Winter 06

3 out of 5 stars

Well, I finally managed to finish this after many months of trying. Looking back, it probably deserved a more dedication on my part. Certainly, I believe from what others I know have said about the author it should be worthwhile. Nevertheless I felt is was a bit too slow for the first 90% and none of the characters was particularly engaging.. and then the end just rushed up in the last 20 pages and is gone, leaving me unsatisfied. Overall, interesting to read from a structural point of view I guess (for me at least as an untrained reader) but I didn’t gain anything deeper from it.

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