millionreasons: (marnie)
I have finished Mother London and written a short review. Book no. 22 is another about London: This Other London, Adventures In The Overlooked City by John Rogers, which features, amongst others, a walk from Wanstead to Ilford, i.e. my (new) manor.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Girl In Berlin and have written a short review. Book number 210 is Mother London, by Michael Moorcock, a 1980s fantasy novel.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I have finally finished Bitten By The Tarantula and have written a review. Book number 200 (half way through my to-read list with three months to go!) is The Girl In Berlin by Elizabeth Wilson, a cold war novel.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished On The Slow Train; I was quite slow reading it too, three weeks to do fewer than 200 pages. Book 190 is Bitten By The Tarantula and Other Writings by Julian MacLaren Ross. It's a 500 page mixture of short stories, book reviews, essays and parodic fiction.
millionreasons: (marnie)
How I Escaped My Certain Fate is done and dusted and I wrote a one line review (read it in a Solihull accent). Book number 180 is On The Slow Train by Michael Williams, a series of essays about train travel. Another non-fic! That's four in a row now.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Sixties and haven't written a review. Maybe I've just read too much about that decade. Book 170 is How I Esaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee, another memoir. That's three non-fic in a row; I'm starting to want to immerse myself in a novel.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished Journey Through Ruins: review. Book number 150 was In Place Of Fear by Aneurin Bevan but whilst there are numerous books about this book, it's quite hard to get hold of the book itself. Perhaps the "lower than vermin" Tories have ensured its absence from public libraries? Anyway, I'm reading it in the British Library, so I'm moving onto book 160, which is The Sixties by the late Jenny Diski.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished Dupe and written a short review. Book 140 is Journey Through Ruins by Patrick Wright, a state of the nation non-fiction from the early 90s. I started reading it sometime ago, but only got to chapter 6.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Last Good Kiss and given it a review. Book 130 is Dupe by Liza Cody, another detective novel, although this time the protagonist is a British woman, not an American man. Actually this was book 131; I have cheated. The actual 130 was Dagger Of The Mind by Kenneth Fearing. He also wrote The Big Clock, which was made into a film and is easy to get hold of, but this novel wasn't in the library and it was fetching a pretty price on Abebooks, so I've done a switcheroo.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and haven't written a review. I was quite surpised that the book, unlike the film, isn't Dorothy's dream. I thought it fitted in with those other tales of pubescent girls en rêve: Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker.

Book number 120 is The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley. A few years ago, I became a little obsessed with film noir, which naturally led to roman noir, i.e. Chandler, James M Cain, Dashiell Hamnett. This is a modern (well, 1978) day equivalent.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Line Of Beauty and have written a review. Book number 110 is The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. I've seen the film on many a bank holiday, and read Wicked, but have never read the source material. I had to get it from the children's section of the library, which was slightly embarrassing.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I have finished Mr Briggs' Hat and have written a review. Book number 100 (I'm now a quarter of the way through my reading list of 400 books!) is The Line Of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, so it's back to the 80s for me.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I have finished What A Carve Up! and I have written a review. Book number 90 is Mr Briggs's Hat by Kate Colquhoun. It's a real life crime book of the first railway murder, set in Victorian Hackney,
millionreasons: (marnie)
I finished The Book of Lies, and wrote a review. Book number 80 is What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe. I've read his '70s book and his '90s book, so I might as well read the '80s one.
millionreasons: (marnie)
A State of Denmark is done. Review. Book 70 is The Book of Lies, by Mary Horlock. A lady! a woman! a girl! This is a mystery set in Guernsey in the '80s, which pushes three of my buttons.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Uses of Literacy. I wrote a review. Book number 60 is A State of Denmark by Derek Raymond. British noir, although I don't recall anything about another book of his that I read, He Died With His Eyes Open. This one sounds fun, if you like your fun dark and dingy, although it might look less like fiction and more of a reportage if the Tories win another term.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished Listen Reuben Fontanez, and I haven't reviewed it as I didn't quite know what to make of it. It felt like it could have been great, had it been better.

Book number 50 is The Uses Of Literacy, another book I returned unread to the library. What I know about Richard Hoggart is that he basically invented Cultural Studies, defended Lady Chatterley and her lover, and fathered Simon Hoggart who spent a lot of time moaning about Virgin Trains and compiling Round Robin letters. What I know of the book, it's basically: Music-halls good, ITV bad.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished trailing through George Orwell's Diaries and have written a fairly long review. Book number 40 is Listen Ruben Fontanez by Jay Neugeboren, a book I got from a clothes (and other things) swap. After three 500+ page books, it'll be nice to read something shorter. It appears to be about a Jewish man in Brooklyn in the late '60s.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished The Call Of Cthulhu and the review is here. Book number 30 is George Orwell's Diaries, a book I have borrowed twice from the library and returned twice to the library, unread. It is, by all accounts, minutiae filled, but I guess that writers don't really expect their diaries to be published, so they're bound to be unpolished.
millionreasons: (marnie)
I've finished New Grub Street and have written a review. Book number 20 is The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft, which is on my list because I thought I should read some ancien horror. Plus I liked his name.

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