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 Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger A longish but quite easy read: a charming and unusual mix of time travel paradoxes/free will versus determinism/co-incidences that aren't etc, coupled with a non-soppy love story. It handles some of the potentially dodgy situations very sensitively (eg when adult Henry visits young Clare). I'm not sure I'd write the ending the same way, and got to the point where I almost didn't want to read on in case I didn't like it.

Now that I've read Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade, I realise the central idea of an occasional, accidental time traveller is not hers. Although that detracts from what I thought was her originality, her book is very different, and still an excellent read.

Currently reading

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