In August I had a bit of a slow month for me. I read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith; A Room with a View by E.M. Forster; I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game; A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin; Ferenc Puskas: Captain Of Hungary by Ferenc Puskas.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was an interesting detective novel which had a twist ending that I never saw coming and an interesting new detective in the shape of Cormoran Strike. The book was also written by J. K. Rowling under a pseudonym and, if you didn’t know that it was her writing it, you would never be able to tell as it is a whole world away from Harry Potter and shows that Rowling is not just a one trick pony and has other interesting ideas up her sleeves.
A Room with a View was my choice for the classics challenge that I was doing and the category was books that have been turned into a film. To be honest I didn’t think that much of the novel but I do remember the film being quite good; I just didn’t connect with the book at all.
I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game is an expose of the life of a proffessional footballer written by a professional footballer. I enjoyed it but I am not sure that if lifted the lid on anything that I didn’t already know about, or think professional footballer got up to etc. It was more interesting trying to work out who the hell the secret footballer is. It isn’t easy beleive me, and I am still not convinced.
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin is the continuing saga of the game of thrones for the kingdom of Westeros. This book is part one of the third volume and I can’t work out why they bothered to split it into two as it seemed pointless as this book just had a beginning and middle and no end as the next volume has the end of this particular part of the story and this just sort of peters out at the end and you have to go right onto the next volume which the other novels did have an ending of sorts. I loved this book. I love the characters and I love the world that it is set in and I think that Martin really bring this alive in the prose. The TV series, as good as it is, is no match for this in my opinion.