Friday, January 28, 2011

A Break

This post is long overdue! I have to take a blogging break for now. I'm eight and a half months pregnant and due to give birth in early February. Lately, I haven't felt like writing any reviews and my reading has also slowed down. I don't know if I'll manage to blog regularly in the coming months but I know I'll definitely pop by now and then if I read a wonderful book and I hope to be back to regular blogging before the middle of the year.

This month, I wanted to read easy yet engaging books so I picked up The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent and The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. I was hoping to find another book similar to The Help by Kathryn Stockett, something light but riveting. I must say that I didn't enjoy the flowery prose of both these books and abandoned them quite early on. I'm surprised that they got excellent reviews in Amazon.

My best books this month have been The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing which I reviewed in my last post and The City and The City by China Mieville which was quite spectacular in a way. I was pleasantly surprised with the scope of Mieville's imagination and highly recommend it even if you're not a fantasy fan. The idea of two cities inhabiting the same space is just mind boggling but somehow it was so easy to suspend disbelief. This would make a great film and I do wonder if the film rights have been snatched up yet.

Yesterday, I started rereading Dorothy Sayers' Strong Poison which is exactly what I feel like right now. Easy yet engaging.

I'd love to hear more recommendations from all of you to tide me over the coming weeks and months so please drop me a line anytime. For now, see you all very soon!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Big Clock

The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing was one of my first reads for 2011 and though I've been reading quite slowly lately, I read this in just a couple of days. The pages just flew by in this stylish crime noir written and set in the 1940s.

George Stroud is an editor for a true crime magazine, one of many under a New York media conglomerate. He starts a short affair with Pauline, the beautiful blond girlfriend of his boss, Earl Janoth. One day, before heading home to his wife, Stroud has a drink with Pauline and takes her antique shopping. After dropping her off at her apartment, he notices Janoth waiting for her in front of her building. The next day, Pauline is found murdered. Janoth knows that there is only one witness who can identify him  at the scene of the night of the murder but since it was dark, he doesn't know who the man was. He assigns Stroud, one of his most trusted employees to find this man.

I thought this was a fantastic, unique and first rate thriller, definitely one of the best NYRB books I've read. It was a fun read especially with Fearing using chapters told in the first person by the main characters. I couldn't help but imagine Don Draper of Mad Men in the character of George Stroud. I know this has been made into a film with Ray Milland but it would be wonderful to see it remade soon and hopefully with Jon Hamm who I think just fits the part perfectly.
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