All 7 entries tagged Novel

View all 10 entries tagged Novel on Warwick Blogs | View entries tagged Novel at Technorati | There are no images tagged Novel on this blog

November 04, 2007

Books I read this Summer 07

4 out of 5 stars

I was reminded by Lee that I hadn’t reviewed any books lately. This is partly because I haven’t read many but one I can recommend is this book by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Night Watch is the first of 4 books translated from Russian and tells the story of the suppressed conflict between the forces of light and dark from the perspective of the ‘police’ who monitor the vampires and other creatures of the dark who live amongst us. It is a supernatural thriller but doesn’t come across as silly. It may not be art but it is a good read. I’ve never read this type of stuff before but enjoyed it and will read the next ones as they come out in paperback. The next in the series is The Day Watch, then The Twilight Watch, then The Last Patrol.

Night Watch was made into a film in 2004 more… and Day Watch has just finished production, I think.

October 20, 2006

Books I read this Summer(06)

3 out of 5 stars

I hadn’t read The Joy Luck Club so didn’t really know what to expect when MDW passed me this after I’d finished the books I’d taken on Holiday (see Places I’d Rather Be). Well, I enjoyed it mostly. I thought the main story was a bit predictable but the humour level was kept up throughout; the cave episode was hilarious. Although the end dragged on a little it wasn’t enough to ruin the experience.

Books I read this Summer – Smith

1 out of 5 stars

I didn’t manage to get past the first 30 pages before I got to the Lifes too Short stage. It just didn’t engage me in the slightest and the story just didn’t move on fast enough for my liking.

Of course, this could’ve been because I was sat on the tarmac at Athens airport with fuel gushing out of the aircraft’s wing, fire trucks zooming up and no air-con because all the engines were shut down as a precaution .. but I do feel that a good book should’ve been able to keep my attention through all of this.

October 18, 2006

Books I read this Summer(06) – Lewycka

3 out of 5 stars

Was this the Captain Corelli of 2006? – amongst my fellow engineers I know I wasn’t the only one to read this. Perhaps it had something to do with the title. Sorry, but there really aren’t (m)any tractors in the story but there is a heavily modified Roller – hey! that is the tractor!

Funny, but in a rather disquieting fashion, not quite sure what sense of humour The Times reviewer has.

Books I read this Summer(06) – Perez–Reverte

3 out of 5 stars

If you want a quick read with plenty of sword-play and clear goodies and baddies this could be for you. Captain Alatriste is still the main player but the narrator is who you are likely to be rooting for.
_“How easily he scales the high wall of stone
spurred on by his youth”_
I’ll read the next one when its translated – hopefully while on a plane somewhere.

Books I read this Summer(06) – Akunin

3 out of 5 stars

Erast is back in Russia but now in Moscow. Still a good read but I think he’s getting a bit too Bondish for me – he’s just so accomplished it gets a bit wearing. That is one …

Books I read this Summer(06) – McCarthy

4 out of 5 stars

A welcome return to the Wild West (the first book of the author’s I read was Blood Meridian you see). Had me going from the start, the side commentary is really evocative and sets the mood marvellously. I really wanted him to get away with it.

June 2022

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
May |  Today  |
      1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30         

Search this blog



Most recent comments

  • Haha – the car belongs to the guy in the background and he's hanging around to see if his 'Porter on… by adeekay on this entry
  • Why are you not blogging anymore? by Jay Bal on this entry
  • I very much doubt that anyone in the Maths Dept had any say in how MS.B3.03 was laid out. I happen t… by Mike Willis on this entry
  • Estimates for the number of Chinese students coming to the UK each year vary, but this estimate from… by John Waller on this entry
  • You think just shy of 2 hours is short for a movie? I'm sure the standard is still 90 minutes. by Hamid Sirhan on this entry

Blog archive

RSS2.0 Atom
Not signed in
Sign in

Powered by BlogBuilder