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August so far...

I've reached book 44 in my drive to read 50 books this year, so it looks as though, barring some catastrophe, I shall make it. So far, the vast majority of them have been worthwhile reads and this, I think, is mainly because I've taken notice of recs from people on my flist and kept an eye on what people on the book communities are reading. I'm also a fairly easy to please sort of reader I should add. Though perhaps it's just that I'm careful what I pick up and therefore tend to like what I pick up. Well, I know what I mean...

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First up this month was Kitchen Confidential by American chef, Anthony Bordain. I'm a bit of a foodie so this glimpse behind the scenes of the American restaurant scene was rivetting. Mainly, this is about the author's life, warts and all (and there are a *lot* of warts), but it's also a vivid description of the kind of people who work in the kitchens and their frenetic existance. And tips. Like don't order fish on a Monday; watch the mussels; watch the hollandaise sauce. Sword-fish? Well, they can have three foot long parasitic worms in their flesh apparently. Sounds nice... A good book, but probably not for the faint-hearted.

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I kept seeing The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud mentioned on the book communites so when I saw this YA book in the library recently I grabbed it. It's a fantasy yarn about a young wizard who calls up a 'djinni'... a demon. Why, and what the consequences of his actions are make for a pacey, imaginative yarn that I gobbled up in two days. Not bad. I shall look for its sequel, The Golem's Eye in the library tomorrow.

Next up - well, I think I might try The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Maybe...


There's at least one person on my f-list who really raves about the McCall Smith series of books. I tried the first in the series, but I'm afraid it did nothing for me at all and I gave up on it quite quickly. I'll be interested to know how you get on with it!
Oh, so I am not alone then.
I found the writing rather dull and over-simplistic, and the story itself twee :-/

I don't like really hardboiled crime novels particularly (I'm more of a PD James girl myself), but I do like something with a bit more bite than this!
::Waves to fellow PD James girl::

I'm not into hardboiled either, really.

Writing was indeed dull, certainly.

I tried his philosophy club one a while ago, I picked it up really cheaply, just in case that was more to my taste. I didn't even waste my time finishing it :-(

Clearly, his style is not to my liking.
*waves back* :D

I don't think I'd bother reading more of his books. Guess he's just not for me, either!
I've only just started but will let you know what I think when I've finished. It's seems very *light* so far and I've heard them described as 'not very demanding' rather a lot. So, we'll see.
Though perhaps it's just that I'm careful what I pick up and therefore tend to like what I pick up. Well, I know what I mean...

So do I :-)

well, I think I might try The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

I'll be interested to see what you think of this, if you try it. I didn't enjoy it at all. It took me all my time to actually finish it. I didn't like the style, or the story really. But it's been a best seller, most folk seem to like it so...
So do I :-)

Somehow, I thought you might. ;-)

I shall report back on the book, I've a feeling I might like the setting, in Africa, but may find the story just a little bit too light. I'm a P.D. James sort of a person too, or used to be way back when, when Roy Marsden was playing Dalgleish.
when Roy Marsden was playing Dalgleish

Marsden *is* Dalgleish, as far as I'm concerned :-)
Certainly is! No question about it.
Me too. I had such a crush on him in the eighties. A pity you don't see him around so much these days. I read somewhere that he suffers from terrible stage fright and just couldn't act for a while.
Ah, yes, Roy Marsden. He was a lovely Dalgleish.
Yep, despite Martin Shaw's valiant efforts he just didn't do it for me the way Roy did.
Have you seen the tv show of Kitchen Confidential? It was running on Paramount Comedy a few weeks ago. Very funny, with some suitably sick and twisted moments, and is based on the book. Worth a viewing, if you get a chance.
No, I haven't seen the TV series as we cancelled Sky last year sometime. Sick and twisted would be about right. LOL!