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.
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen Epic American family saga of a moderately dysfunctional family, loosely based around whether they will return to the family home for one last Christmas together. Some of the shifts from one section/viewpoint/situation to another take a bit longer to settle into than others, and the Lithuanian plotline stretches credulity a little. Wonderful descriptions and insights into people's fears, behaviour and motivation - especially when one inevitably sees parallels with characters in the book and people one knows. Funny and desperately sad; compulsive and satisfying to the end - and it is a cleverly balanced ending with just the right mixture between happy and sad, loose and tidied up ends.

For a far better review than mine, see Kelly's: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/411211611?utm_medium=email&utm_source=friend_updates

Currently reading

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