January 6th, 2016


Wednesday as ever

What have you just finished?
Peter Dickinson, Merlin Dreams. Very nicely done, misty-dawn-of-human-time year kings and Gravesian Great Mothers and Golden Bough armed priests and Holdstockian heads onna wall segue into the familiar trappings of Never-never-middle ages knights at the ford and knights on quests and enchantresses in castles and you name it. Not enough dwarfs to be Malory, but Malory enough.

What are you reading now?
Kim Newman, The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. Very St Trinians jolly hockey sticks so far. We shall see where this goes.

Benjamin Woolley, The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. I don't do reading challenges per se, but a number of people's reading challenges for 2016 inspired me to try certain categories (African fiction, a book you've had for over five years but never read , Chinese fiction, a book from your home town, author's surname starts with the same letter as yours, French fiction not from France, a book with only one colour on the cover, family relationship word in the title.) This is for biography/ memoir.

My twist is that these books must all come from the TBR pile bookshelves.

Though given my unsatisfactory history with Dr Dee (Liz Smith and Peter Ackroyd, basically) I'm not sure why I'm reading this. Nasty age and (quite possibly) nasty man.

Ovidia Yu, Aunty Lee's delights: a Singaporean mystery. I mean, a Singaporean mystery. How could I resist? (Has very little Singlish, alas. Everyone speaks standard, though as they're often talking to foreigners, I suppose that's to be expected.