15 Nov 2015

Tripwire


Tripwire, Lee Child

Good work, Lee, but I need to find some just slightly better books.

14 Nov 2015

Lolita


Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Dolorous, but a more scientifically comic command of English I have not seen.

10 Sept 2015

Wolves Eat Dogs


Wolves Eat Dogs, Martin Cruz Smith

Grimy, black, wet and hot. But not the hot you think: excellent book.

6 Sept 2015

Small World



Small World, David Lodge


Fun. Just a tiny whiff of a hint didactic. Otherwise fun.


17 Aug 2015

Comment parler des livres que l'on n'a pas lus ?



Comment parler des livres que l'on n'a pas lus ?, Pierre Bayard

LP++


The Satanic Verses


The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie

I wish I could say I liked its comedy, its impertinence and its sexy girls, but it's hard to "like" a book that rent international diplomatic relations; and besides, it's just a little biological bit too gross.

11 Jul 2015

Die Trying


Die Trying, Lee Child

Okay, we are clearly dealing with exciting, well-told stories, but in every one the bad guy gets shot in the head without knowing who killed him.

These are good revenge stories, but they are missing the watch-the-big-guy-fall pieces that make books like A Man in Full or Le Comte de Monte Cristo so satisfying.

4 Jul 2015

Killing Floor





The Killing Floor, Lee Child


The heart pumping action and Reacher's not possible cleverness make up for the quick, weak ending.

The Survivor




The Survivor, Frank Herbert

I survived.


16 May 2015

A Wanted Man


A Wanted Man, Lee child

Odd narrative engineering: the story ends in the middle of the book, then a new one starts. It's pretty good, but feels like cut-and-paste.

And who's the actual wanted man?

The Hard Way


The Hard Way, Lee Child

Good story, well told. Abrupt ending.

3 May 2015

Slaughterhouse-Five


Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Is it illiterate of me to say that this was very funny?

23 Mar 2015

The Left Hand of Darkness


The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

It's cold. But I happen to like the cold.

16 Mar 2015

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

The sheer yet gentlemanly audacity of the ending should tie tighter to a murder motive. And then it would be genius.

10 Feb 2015

V.


V., Thomas Pynchon

I think I'm gonna have to make a map.