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.
Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How That Message Becomes Reality - Steven Poole How clever choice of words can become subliminal propaganda. For example, it charts the deliberate switch to "climate change", because it sounds less alarming than "global warming"; talks about the use of "pro life" rather than "anti abortion", as no one wants to claim to be anti-life; using "intelligent design" to rebadge creationism and sneak it past the US constitution's separation of church and state and so on. Mostly things I'd considered before, but with lots of detailed background info. It does become a bit of a rant at times, but all very thought provoking.

Currently reading

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