Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.

Strong Motion

Strong Motion - Jonathan Franzen Primarily a thriller focusing on seismology, big corporations and Christian fundamentalists, but with a love story or two, and various dysfunctional family relationships, including some amusing sub plots. I think it’s main weakness is pandering to the American need for convenient endings. On a more trivial note, as a British reader, some characters' names are initially misleading as they are so far from the stereotype of that name - Eileen in particular.

Nevertheless, it’s a good story, with some wonderful writing, but at times Franzen’s self-indulgent riffs are excessive, the oddest being a 3 page description of the daily life of an anthropomorphised racoon.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China Miéville, Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake