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.
Middle Kingdom - Andrea Barrett First person narrative (with flashbacks) of drifting, unfulfilled academic, overweight wife, inappropriately named Grace.

Things are brought to a crux at a conference in China, echoing her bond with her dead Uncle Owen who had strong ties to the place. Not as much about China as I'd hoped (though a fair bit of recent history is thrown in), but the psychological self-analytical slant makes it interesting. However, I didn't really like any of the characters. Even though Grace blames herself for all sorts of things (especially emotionally-related weight problems), it also feels as if she blames all the problems in her life on everyone but herself.

Currently reading

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