30 November 2003

Reads & Listens, November 2003


Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize ...

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Winner of the 2003 Man Booker Prize. While yes, it held my interest and I did laugh a few times, this book doesn't seem good enough to be an award winner. The characters are all flat stereotypes and the plot is repetitive and just not that exciting. Also, there seems to be a drastic change in tone partway through the book -- as if portions had been written at different times and then pasted together?

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett & illus. by Gray Jolliffe
Living with six very Real cats, I can tell ya it's all true. Jolliffe's cartoons are a hoot, too.

Nanny Ogg's Cookbook: A Useful and Improving Almanack of Information Including Astonishing Recipes from Terry Pratchett's Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan, and Paul Kidby
If you're not a fan of the Discworld, you're not likely to appreciate this book. I happen to love anything that has the witches in it, so this book tickled me pink. Now I can make me own Dried Frog Pills (sans frogs), Strawberry Wobbler, and Sausage Inna Bun. Sweet.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Best read in chunks or your brain will explode.

Angels by Marian Keyes
Good Irish Girl separates from husband after marriage derails. Moves to Los Angeles to stay with her friend, an unsuccessful script writer. Goes on a bender. Sleeps with Unobtainable Object of Fascination. Has a Lesbian Experience. Obtains Closure on relationship with an Old Ex. Reconciles with hubby. Goes back to Ireland. Gets preggers. Happy Ever After. Amen.

A pretty good airport read.

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
Pretty okay. Witty, comical, sly, blah blah blah. A good light read for the train from Preston to Euston.