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Books read in February

Yet another month seems to have whizzed by. I know February is a shorter month but even so, where did it go? Only seems like yesterday I was talking about books read in January and here I am with my February books. Seven this month, almost eight to be honest because if I put my mind to it I could probably finish my present book - The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney - by the 1st. March, but I have no intention of doing so as the book is too good to rush like that.


7. The Quiet Game - Greg Iles

8. Cycle of the Werewolf - Stephen King. An illustrated novella about werewolf activity in Maine. Enjoyable. Beautiful illustrations.

9. Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers

10. Dear Fatty - Dawn French. Her autobiography. Quite enjoyable, written in the form of letters, I *think* to Jennifer Saunders. Some of them anyway. Slighty confusing. But not bad, not quite as good as her fiction in my opinion. Slightly reinforced my not so great opinion of autobiographies by 'slebs', (although I gather the author prefers the book to be thought of as 'memoirs').

11. Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles - Clare Balding. Clare has been doing a radio programme for many years where she walks with various interesting people. In this book she talks about these programmes, interesting tit-bits etc., plus recounts a walk she tried to do with her brother. Clare Balding's writing style is 'friendly' if that's possible, she informs and entertains and makes you laugh all at the same time. Loved this book.

12. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie. The first book in the 'Tommy and Tuppence' series, this was written in 1922 and it does show its age a little, equating the Labour party with the communists and the IRA. All great fun though, loads of intrigue, twists and turns, I knew exactly who the villain of the piece was all the way through but it didn't spoil my enjoyment one little bit. I shall read more in this series.

13. The Virago Book of Women Travellers edited by Mary Morris and Larry O'Connor.

As will be seen I've not reviewed everything I've read this month. I may have mentioned before that I decided at the beginning of this year not to. I suffer from stiffness of neck and shoulders due to cervical spondylosis and can't cope with massive amounts of typing. I plan to review books for challenges and anything I really love, but other books will just get a mention here in the monthly round-up.

My reading month has once again been eclectic. Two vintage crime yarns, a modern thriller and a horror novella covers the fiction. All of those were good. I'm very pleased with three non-fictions this month, those were all good too. Also pleased with two more books read for the Mount TBR challenge, bringing my total to five so far and almost six as my current read will count as well. That's well ahead of where I should be if I'm aiming for twenty four books at the end of this year.

So, favourite book of the month? Easy this time, it's:

Gaudy


Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers was brilliant. Loved it to bits.

An honorable second:

Walking


Walking Home by Clare Balding was delightful. I'd recommend it to anyone to be honest.

Next month I'm looking forward to the start of Carl's Once Upon a Time 'fantasy' challenge, which starts on the 21st., and have half a dozen books lined up for that. Happy reading!

Comments

I read The Cycle of the Werewolf years and years ago. So long ago that I really don't remember much about it. Not the best review, I guess. *g*
I'm not the world's biggest SK fan to be honest. I've read a few of his short stories & novellas and 'On Writing' but none of his novels at all. Perhaps I should say that I *am* a fan but not a massive one. Although one of his long short stories has stayed with me ever since I read it, years ago: The Mist. Terrifying.
Stephen King's stories (and I'm including everything here, up to his longest novels/multi-novel series) seem to inspire both enthusiasm and *meh* reactions in everyone I've ever talked with about him. I feel the same. Some of his subjects are riveting, and some I have never read just because the plot description left me cold (or feeling repulsed! — e.g., Cujo).

His take on lycanthropy in Silver Bullet, which he described as equally a corruption/addiction rather than a completely involuntary compulsion, I liked very much. (It gave me an insight into the Harry Potter character Lupin, that would probably grieve and offend most HP Lupin fans!)

P.S., Two favorites are The Stand and The Shining (but NOT the movie starring Jack Nicholson... I suspect Stanley Kubrick is doing time in Purgatory for that one!

Edited at 2015-02-28 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yep, I definitely think SK is an author who divides opinions. I'll keep Silver Bullet in mind if I see it as it sounds interesting. In fact I'll go and see if the library catalogue has it... oh... it looks like it's the same book as Cycle of the Werewolf or have I got that wrong?

I'll give those two favs of yours a go at some stage. Interesting your comment about the movie and the book of The Shining.

Silver Bullet and Cycle of the Werewolf

You're absolutely right: Cycle of the Werewolf is the novel, and Silver Bullet is the film adaptation. I'd forgotten that, probably because the movie title appealed to me more (it's a play on words in the story's plot). I liked the book very much, though.

I think, now that my dear sister Nancy is dead, I must be the only person in the world — besides Stephen King himself — who loathed Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining. When the film began its run, Nancy and I waited in line, rubbing our hands in anticipation of the treat we had in store. Then as the film unfolded, we were stunned and horrified: not by the "scariness" of the film, but by its stupidity and ineptitude. Everyone else seems to have loved it because "it-was-the-scariest-EVER!" ...until The Blair Witch Project. (*BARF!*)

...I started to write a *spoiler* about why we disliked movie version of The Shining, but loved the novel. I don't want to ruin your experience of reading the novel for yourself. You'll have your own take on it, I know.

Edited at 2015-03-01 07:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Silver Bullet and Cycle of the Werewolf

Catching up on a few old comments and such (busy, ill etc.)

I had no idea Cycle of the Werewolf had been made into a movie. I probably would not have watched it anyway. I like 'reading' horror books, but I'm odd in that I honestly don't care to 'watch' them as movies. Thus I loathed Blair Witch and wasn't at all keen on The Shining. Neither are films I would ever want to watch again. On the other hand, I may well try to find the book of The Shining now.
Oh gosh, it is the end of the month, isn't it! Sounds like you've had a really good reading-month too.

And ooh, the 21st for the Once Upon A Time Challenge - thanks for the heads up, I'll keep an eye out for it before then! *g*
Yep, and now it's *March* for goodness sake. And the daytime light has changed from that of late winter to that brightness of early spring where everything is almost glowing. Sorry to wax poetical. ;-)

Yes, I genuinely thought it started on the 1st. March and was slightly gutted when I checked and realised it was the *21st*. Well rats. I have a library book I want to read for the challenge but it's due back on the 16th. and someone else has reserved it. *Big long-suffering sigh*