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.
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell No narrative drive, thus little impetus to read. The narration by a stuttering 13 year old boy is slightly reminiscent of Haddon's "Curious Incident" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23326297), but not as convincing or interesting.

It mentions specific 70s brands and products too deliberately - as if he's trying to make it understandable far in the future, not at all how such a boy would have described things at the time. Also, it makes it read rather like Nigel Slater's "Toast" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23328417) and Andrew Collins' "Where did it all go right?" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23325361) autobiogs, which at least had a more valid reason for so doing - and he does credit the latter.

Overall, very disappointing - even if not comparing it with his brilliant "Ghostwritten" and "Cloud Atlas".

Uses his trick of inserting characters from other books:
* Madame Crommelynck is the composer's daughter from Cloud Atlas (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23327001)
* Neal Brose is a an entrepreneurial bully who becomes a major character in Ghostwritten (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23327005)
* Number 9 Dream is a Beatles song that plays at a disco as well as being the title of another Mitchell book (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23327008)

Currently reading

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