Friday, February 20, 2015

And how's the reading challenge going?

See here for an explanation.

I finished the Jeffery Deaver. Pretty typical stuff. The Skin Collector references his arguably most successful title The Bone Collector.

Ironside: Subliminal racism? 
(It was made into a film starring Denzel Washington after all. Nothing intentionally racist - but I never imagined Lincoln Rhyme as black. I could see Thom, his assistant, as black though. I suspect I saw too many episodes of Ironside when I was a kid.  And while we're on the topic of casting book characters for movies.... Angelina Jolie?  Really?")

I digress.

If you've read many Deaver you'll know the formula and you'll be able to work out whodunnit. Or at least it won't come as a big surprise because there's always a twist in the tale isn't there? And this one was a bit predictable really. I guess the real fun in the series is JD's creative ways of killing people, rather than the Holmesian ways he solves the crimes.

(Rhyme is very arrogant in the same way Sherlock was, and I'm not sure which I find most irritating: the gloating, or the conviction that no-one else could do it.)

Anyway, using a tattoo machine to inject poison is a novel way to kill someone and the murder is beautifully described in Deaver's unique and detailed style. A very good start that draws you in, particularly if you are inked yourself.

Currently on  a YA novel that I'll tell you more about another time. I'm still not sure why it's defined as 'YA' (Young Adult fiction) other than it's about a shooting at a US high school and written from the perspective of one of those involved. Of course I'm not a 'YA' and I suspect the author isn't either, so I have no idea how authentic it is, but it's not a bad read so far.

Watch this space. 


snafu said...

I am not sure if it is a reflection of my mental age, but I like a lot of YA novels, they are often a gripping read, although the young people in them often suffer a lot. My current read, I am sure you are not interested to know, is Cycles of Time by Roger Penrose. He is very dry, very precise and does not hesitate to include a lot of maths, but to understand time you need to understand a lot of the reasoning behind current thinking on how the universe works. That is the last of ten books for my research on time and I will soon be able to read for pleasure once more.

MorningAJ said...

I'm scared by maths. I can't imagine reading so many books about it!

snafu said...

The less boring ones have very little maths. Prof Penrose is very dry and very meticulous.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne .. I saw Ironside but have never read the books. I probably should do the sort of challenge your on - but perhaps next year .. I must read the piles I have here, or those in my bookcases or on my Kindle!

Cheers and good luck with the YA .. Hilary