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January books 
1st-Feb-2007 10:55 pm
1. The Polysyllabic Spree (Nick Hornby)
2. Born In Death (J. D. Robb)
3. Over Sea, Under Stone (Susan Cooper)
4. Apple of My Eye (Helene Hanff)
5. The Tuesday Club Murders (Agatha Christie)
6. The Body in the Library (Agatha Christie)
7. The Prestige (Christopher Priest)

I've been on an Agatha Christie jag lately. I'm working my way through Miss Marple (having read Vicarage last year). They're fun, light-weight reads, formulaic enough to be relaxing but different enough to be entertaining, while gently saying pithy things about human nature (that being Miss Marple's whole schtick, of course.) Great fun.

If you like books, and like reading about what other people read, go read The Polysyllabic Spree. It won't take you long, and it'll make you laugh.

The In Death books are back on key again, which is very nice.

However, the best thing I read this month (well, finished this month, having started last year) was The Prestige, recommended by the lovely rhiannonstone. It was lovely and mystifying and well plotted and surprising and confusing and well done. I wanted to get to the end so that I could find out what was going on, but I didn't want the book to be over. My only disappointments were that the revelation about what was going on with Borden (no real spoiler there, it's a book about magicians, so there are going to be twists and revelations) was delivered rather anti-climatically, and I would have liked a more thorough explanation behind Nicky's story. But then again, it was a book about magicians, so they're not going to tell you ever secret, eh? Highly recommended.
2nd-Feb-2007 05:23 am (UTC)
I actually read the second book of the Polysyllabic Spree called Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, which was rather wonderfully funny and sarcastic.
2nd-Feb-2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
2nd-Feb-2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
2nd-Feb-2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
How did you like the Cooper? I ask because I'm in total-love-bordering-on-obsession with the *rest* of the Dark is Rising series, but I didn't particularly greatly like Over Sea, Under Stone. (So if you weren't crazy about it, please do check out The Dark Is Rising before giving up :) )

On the other hand, I didn't like The Prestige much, so maybe you shouldn't be listening to my recommendations :)
3rd-Feb-2007 05:10 am (UTC)
I liked Over Sea, but mostly because I've been hearing people rave about the series forever, so I know that it sets up the good stuff, you know? I have Dark... somewhere, around here. I need to work it into the queue.
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