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A note on current reading

28 March 2019

A note about current reading…

My current reading list has got stirred up a bit, with some books being pushed down the pile, mainly because I need to give priority to library books that I have to take back.

I recently read The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly, which I’d picked up in the library almost by accident when I was looking for something else. It featured a private detective, Charlie Parker, who seemed familiar, and the book turned out to be 11th in a series of which we had a copy of the 2nd, Dark Hollow, which I then felt compelled to re-read. It confirmed that the earlier book was a straightforward whodunit, while the later one was urban fantasy.

I became curious about how the series had mutated in its genre, so on my next trip to the library I took out three John Connolly books.

  1. Every Dead Thing – the first in the Charlie Parker Series
  2. The Dark Angel — midway in the series, to try to find where the switch in genre takes place.
  3. The Book of Lost Thingsnot Charlie Parker. I was curious to see what John Connolly writes when he isn’t writing about Charlie Parker.

I began reading The Book of Lost Things, because I wanted a break from Charlie Parker, though still curious about the transformation. But this one I found utterly absorbing. It’s fantasy of the “doorway to another world” variety, and so far seems far better than the Charlie Parker ones.

It’s about a boy who lives in London during the Second World War. His mother dies and his father remarries, but he does not like his stepmother. He remembers the fairy stories his mother used to read to him, , and which he had read to her during her illness, and after a family fight he finds his way into another world.

I also looked for a non-fiction book, for variety, and found Sometimes there is a void by Zakes Mda. I read one of his novels a long time ago, but this is a life and times kind of autobiographical memoir.

It’s absorbing because the times are my times, even though the life was not my life, There are ways in which it intersects with the story of my life in a way that the lives of people like Jonathan Swift and J.M. Barrie do not.

It reminded me that I often like literary biographies of authors better than I like the books they write, and this one is no exception. So I’m hooked. My other reading is on hold while I finish Sometimes there is a void and The Book of Lost Things.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 March 2019 2:11 pm

    A book that I enjoyed which was about lost things was “The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30363088

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