Book roundup

Here is a roundup of some of the books I have read in the last couple of months or so.

The Night Circus is a very interesting novel by Erin Morgenstern. I had read quite a lot about the book and it was the comparison with the works of Neil Gaiman and Audrey Neffernegger that made me actually sit down and read the book. In the end I am glad that I did read it as I really enjoyed it. The writing was good and there were some lovely examples of prose throughout the book. The plot was interesting and there were some interesting characters in the book and as a whole package it worked very well indeed.

Broken Homes is the fourth in the Peter Grant series of novels. It continues the good traditions of the series so far with its police procedural stuff mixed in with urban fantasy. The plots do tend to be quite samey in this series but I guess that is often the case with these sort of books but I think that the manner in the way the books are written and the characterisation of the regulars and the guest characters are enough to get away with similar plot lines not so much that you don’t really notice, but that you aren’t really bothered. Despite that they do still manage the odd shock and plot twist occasionally which is exciting when it happens.

I Can Make You Hate is a book written by Charlie Brooker containing pieces that he wrote in the Guardian, and also pieces of some of his television shows. If you are a fan of his rather caustic humour then you will find a lot to enjoy in this book as I did. Some of the stuff that was transcripts of some of his telly stuff didn’t work quite as well for me though.

Scotland’s Jesus: The Only Officially Non-racist Comedian is a book of Frankie Boyle’s newspaper columns and is very typical of his sort of humour so if you are easily offended that it is not a good idea to pick up this book as you will probably not like it but if you quite enjoy his style of humour then you will enjoy this book a great deal.

The Arrival is a book by Melissa Marr. Apparently she has written a lot of very popular young adult novels. I can’t say that I have either heard of, or read, any of these books, but I picked up The Arrivals as it sounded very interesting being about a group of people taken from their own times and forced to live in an environment which is very similar to that of a western with the locals of the planets. Unfortunately for me the book didn’t live up to the promise that the idea inspired in me and it fell a bit flat for me. Fantastic idea though.

Out of the Silent Planet is a science fiction novel by C.S. Lewis about a university professor who is kidnapped and put on a spaceship and then sent off to a strange planet, which turns out to be Mars and becomes friendly with the natives of the planet. I found this to be quite boring which is a shame really as it is very well written but just didn’t keep my attention and I found myself just not enjoying reading it.

A Modern Family is a short novel about a television presenter and his family. The presenter presents a television show about cars with two other presenters and he has a family who all have problems of their own, and who he just doesn’t seem to understand. I just picked this book up on a whim and I am glad that I did as it was very funny as well as being quite sad in places.

Santa is Coming to Wigan is a lovely little picture book aimed at young children. There are lots of really great pictures and is perfect for young children, especially if they live in Wigan and even more so if the live in some of the areas of the town mentioned in the book.

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