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.
K-PAX The Trilogy - Gene Brewer A man arrives in a Manhattan psychiatric unit, claiming to come from the planet K-PAX. Is he delusional, MPD and amnesiac, or telling the truth? His detailed, deadpan and sometimes literal answers to interrogation are often quite funny, though it is never clear whether this is deliberate on his part. He has great insight and empathy with animals and mental patients, great knowledge of astronomy, only eats fruit (skin and all), can see UV spectrum and can apparently disappear on a beam of light (using a mirror). Are these tricks, and if not, what is the explanation?

Similarities with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and the film 12 Monkeys, but more ambiguous.

The sequels are not as good:

K Pax II: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/24081161

K Pax III: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23324833

Currently reading

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