Wednesday, February 28, 2007
SHADOWS NOT SUN
From Rachel Walker's review of Never End [there isn't a review of Sun and Shadow on Amazon.co.uk]
Indeed I did - for despite the flaws rectified on this showing, Never End is passionless. And that's its main problem. And it's a big one. The book is dark, but cold, and the writing isn't alive. It's almost exemplary in everything but this most intangible, but crucial of ways. There's little fire in the prose or the plot, and that's why this novel is a lot harder to truly enjoy than it should be. I can forgive almost everything - as I do the plotting flaws in the first novel - except the absence of that vital spark.
I think Rachel has pin pointed succintly why I did not enjoy Sun and Shadow.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
IT MUST BE ME
RESEMBLING JANE AUSTEN
Thursday, February 22, 2007
WHERE WAS THAT ALLEE?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
SOUTH OF THE RIVER
The latest, in Clapham on Wednesday, has heightened fears that gun crime among teenagers in south London gangs is now out of control. Even officers used to dealing with gun crime in the area have been "shocked and appalled" by the young age of the latest victims - two 15-year-old schoolboys and a 16-year-old.
James Andre Smartt-Ford, the eldest of the three, was shot and killed at a busy ice rink in Streatham on February 3. The other two, Michael Dosunmu and Billy Cox, were both gunned down in their homes in Peckham and Clapham respectively - Michael on February 6, Billy only on Wednesday.
Police arrested a man on Thursday over Michael's murder. He is now being questioned by detectives. It was the death of Billy Cox that prompted Sir Ian, Britain's top police officer, to call an urgent meeting of his most senior colleagues to discuss the shootings at Scotland Yard.
They also looked at two other murders in south London in the last two weeks - those of Chamberlain Igwemba, 47, who was shot in a flat in Camberwell, and Javarie Crighton, 21, who was fatally stabbed in Peckham.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
TO FRESH WOODS
You know their little bad habits, what they like to eat and even what they like to read. The new person is a stranger in your life and it is very frightening, but sometimes you just have to move on......
Yes I have finished reading all the Salvo Montalbano books that have been translated into English, and have begun to read an Erik Winter book by Ake Edwardson.
Will Erik be as big a part of my life as Salvo?
From the cover he does like jazz, but will it be my kind of jazz, Armstrong, Basie, Hawkins, Spanier and Goodman or more modern stuff ?
The journey of discovery begins.........