Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

July 06

The DC Superhero Girls series

The Library Service has been advocating for graphic novel reading for about a decade. Graphic novels are interesting and fun, but beyond that they can serve as a useful bridge between early literacy levels. It’s a space in which most intellectual properties are focused on male readers, although there’s been a lot of movement toward […]

June 27

The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox

  The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox In this gripping sequel to the author’s 2017 debut novel, Sirens, Detective Aidan Waits has been relegated to the night shift, contending with a constant parade of the sad and the desperate denizens of Manchester, all driven mad by a sweltering summer – until he gets a callout to […]

June 26

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

  The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton This brilliantly original locked room mystery is like nothing you have read before, reviewed by The Times as “complex, fascinating, bewildering, astonishingly polished.” Aiden Bishop is attending a masquerade ball at Blackheath House, home of Lord Peter and Lady Helena Hardcastle, and is enjoying the usual pleasures […]

June 25

Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

  Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger When Shiloh Raye, a popular young country singer, vanishes in the vast and rugged Quetico-Superior Wilderness near the Canadian border, her father hires former sheriff, Cork O’Connor, to lead a canoeing expedition in search of her. But it becomes a white-water and white-knuckle adventure, as Cork is forced to […]

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Dry earlier this year but for, some reason, I was reluctant to pick up Force of Nature.  There was probably a bit of me that thought I couldn’t enjoy it as much as the first one or that the author couldn’t possibly reach the same level of suspense. I was […]

June 08

From Granite to Sea by Alex Langstone

I enjoy reading Celtic folklore, and I’m pleased to find a new work which illuminates an area that has not previously been covered properly. A great deal of Cornish folklore was collected at the end of the Nineteenth Century, but the east of the county has been oddly neglected. Langstone’s book fills that void. Langstone’s […]

May 22

Home Fire : by Shamsie, Kamila

Home Fire : Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2017 by Shamsie, Kamila. What an engaging book and so relevant to today’s world.  It perfectly illustrates the difficult situation in Britain for Muslim citizens in the current political climate.  I found it very readable – which can’t be said for all Man Booker Prize winners.  […]

May 09

The Trick

The Great Zabbatini was once a great magician, who wowed audiences with his great illusions but now he is a bitter, delusional old man who wishes to perform his final earthly trick. That of disappearing permanently from the face of the Earth and his awful life. “No one had a more acute sense of disillusionment […]

April 27

Tiger in the Well, Phillip Pullman.

Tiger in the Well, Phillip Pullman.   A brilliant, suspenseful can’t stop reading until the end kind of tale. Single mother, Sally Lockhart, has a very young daughter called Harriet and they live in a house with close friends who are away on expedition in South America. Trouble starts one day when “divorce papers” are […]

April 25

Three Envelopes by Nir Hezroni

  Three Envelopes by Nir Hezroni Ten years after the suicide of Agent 10483, Avner Moyal, senior member of The Organization, a secret Israeli intelligence agency, receives a notebook graphically describing the sadistic murders committed by the man, apparently under orders from his superiors. Deeply disturbed, Moyal begins to investigate the death of Agent 10483, […]