Sunday, 25 October 2009

A Taste for Death - PD James - Four *

This is my second PD James and has proved a very different read and style to the first.

Having finished this book I found it quite an experience. The reader knows the killer for far longer than I am used to with who dunnits and the story line is complete and well rounded.

I have to say that despite my enjoyment of the read I wouldn't read another. Because? Well although the book was extremely well written and complete, I just found it too long in the getting there. It's a me thing and should not reflect in anyway on the book.

I did enjoy it, but not all experiences should be repeated.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Legend of a Suicide by David Vann - Four *


I read a lot of humourous books (Pratchett, Holt, Robert Rankin) although not exclusively humour. This book is the best, non humour book I have read in a long time! If you read no more of this review then at least try this book.

The synopsis of the book does not reflect the book I read. It is a story about a suicide. Or two? We keep shifting perspectives and see the story though a different view point although mostly narrated by the same 'person'. It is not comfortable inside the narrators head, but it is strangely compelling. Despite the discomfort I had to read this and enjoyed it immensely.

Having felt the twists in the middle, I may not read it again, however I may - to try to get a better understanding of how all the strands fit together.

Thank you David Vann - you really entertained me.