In July I read Silas Marner by George Eliot, The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Return of Reginald Perrin, The Better World of Reginald Perrin, I Didn’t Get Where I am Today all by David Nobbs, The Bridge on the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle and When It’s A Jar by Tom Holt. Quite an eclectic choice, I am sure you will agree and I generally enjoyed most of them.
I did think that the Reggie Perrin books did get a bit samey towards the end and I did think that it was probably one book too far but was still very funny and was actually better than the tv series that it spawned. Well, the first one was, the other two worked better as books I woul say, especially the third one.
The Bridge on the River Kwai was interesting but I still think that the film is far better than the book.
I Didn’t Get Where I Am was the autobiography of the writer of the Reggie Perrin books and was quite interesting but mainly for the bits about the classic comedy shows of yesteryear, most of which he seems to have been involved with in some shape or other.
When It’s A Jar is a quite frankly bizarre book which really defies descriptions. It is a bit like Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin in that it is comedy fantasy and like those the book is chock full of wierd and wonderful ideas and it is often very funny indeed, which is not always the case with these types of book, but is in this case.
The First Men in the Moon was typical HG Wells and was enjoyable enough even if the main character was a total bastard and just out for himself. Enjoyed in context of a world where going to the moon was the stuff of fantasy this was quite a bold piece of work and there is some fantastic imaginative writing and notions on display here.