07 October 2014

The year in books: October

This year is going uber fast! August was a very satisfying month book-wise so I was hoping this month was going to follow suit.


September...

The City & the City - China Miéville (2009)

date finished: 4 Oct 2014  |  ASIN: B003E2UQLO   |  pages: 373 (Kindle)


Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad begins investigating the murder of a female PhD student in his city of residence, Besel. As the investigation continues and the details unravel, he has no option but to travel to Ul Qoma to get answers.

This was certainly an interesting read but whether I enjoyed it, is difficult to say really. Having started with the murder I really thought the investigation and the interaction between Besel and Ul Qoma; the two cities of the title, would be the main focus of the book and it was up to a point but the investigative parts didn't really ring true, I struggled to connect with the characters and visual descriptions of either city were severely lacking. Then toward the end, it felt as though Miéville though 'Oh shit! I need to get in loads that stuff I mentioned in the synopsis about nationalists and unifications buy I'm running out of time/pages! Quick, do it now. RELEASE!' because there was just a mass of information and introduction of characters that I got pretty lost. In terms of excitement and understanding, the end of the book was peaks and troughs. The final chapters, as far as I could tell, were supposed to have an ethereal feel but I'm not sure that it didn't just evoke in me 'Er... what?!' and I'm still not entirely sure whodunnit. It's a shame as I know a lot of people enjoyed this, and the concept of these two cities was very interesting. I didn't dislike it but it wasn't great for me.

rating: ★★★☆☆



October...

This month's book is a recommendation from a friend, someone else who equally enjoyed Nele Neuhaus' Snow White Must Die. So, October's book is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. After trying the Kindle sample, I had to have it. And decided to buy the paperback this month as, well, just look at the cover! The picture doesn't do it justice at all. It's lovely to touch too; it has a brushed effect.
Northern Iceland, 1829. A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her. But all is not as it seems, and time is running out: winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes's story.
Does this take anyone else's fancy?


Also, with that synopsis, I cannot resist posting a link to this meme.

More October books...

So after debating last month whether to duck out of the work book club. Yeah, I'm gonna. The constant cancellations and postponements are frustrating, and this happening on the day of said meeting, after I have potentially put over other activities for it, is down right aggravating. So, I'm joining another for now; Bristol Book Group. You are given three books to choose from and just read whatever you takes your fancy, or all if you wish. I've opted for Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca as my sister has a copy. Of the other two, Emma Donoghue's Room has been on my to-read list for a while but the library were out (and I am being strict with spending); and Thomas Harris' Red Dragon was tricky to get hold of, cheaply at least.

Also, if anyone has any book recommendations, I have a work trip followed by mini-holiday to Hawaii thus have many hours of long haul and beach time to fill. Recommend away!

What are you reading?

Jen


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10 comments:

  1. I adored Burial Rites, I hope you enjoy it. Also, have fun in Hawaii!

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    1. I am very much enjoying it already! Although, have had to put it down for a little bit while I concentrate on all the things stacking up that I have wanted/needed to do. Thanks! Hopefully it will be good.

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  2. Yes! Burial Rites sounds intriguing and it's set in Iceland - pretty much my favourite country! I'm definitely sticking that on my Goodreads 'to read' list.
    Enjoy Hawaii! :-) xx

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    1. Iceland is a great backdrop for a story like this. Let me know what you think if you get round to reading it. Thanks! Hopefully it won't be too hot/sunny for my fair skin.

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  3. Ah, I remember reading Burial Rites! A very interesting book, definitely made me think. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks! Cool, well I am enjoying it so far, so hope the ending doesn't disappoint.

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  4. I read Burial Rites in September and loved it, hope you do too! It is exactly as described on the front.

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    1. Yay! Another reader of Burial Rites. I'm almost a little surprised to hear so many people have read it as it wasn't on my radar at all.

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  5. I never finished the Burial Rites. I cheated and read the end first, which kinda put me off reading the rest. Silly, I know. I am enjoying Scottish fiction at the moment. I just finished The Quarry, Iain Banks last book. It was good but not as good as his other books I think. It might make good reading for your holiday if you like Banks. I am reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August just now, it is fun if a little weird. Oh I miss those work trips with a mini holiday! Enjoy yours.

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    1. Oh no! I hope the ending isn't terrible then? Ya know, I've never read any Iain Banks, I think I really must give him a go; I will check him out for taking a sampling to Hawaii. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is on my To Read list. I quite want to read The Man Booker Prize2014 winner: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan so might take that too. Thanks Christina! I'm not looking forward to the 26 hour journey from door to door but the sun and beach should be better!

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