Margery Allingham: Hide My Eyes (*****)
John Darnielle: Universal Harvester (*****)
Margery Allingham: The Beckoning Lady (***)
Margery Allingham: More Work for the Undertaker (****)
Margery Allingham: Coroner's Pidgin (****)
Margery Allingham: Traitor's Purse (****)
Margery Allingham: The Fashion In Shrouds (****)
Anthony Rolls: Scarweather (****)
Malcolm Pryce: The Case of the 'Hail Mary' Celeste (****)
Raymond Postgate: Verdict of Twelve (****)
Dorothy L Sayers: Striding Folly (***)
Dorothy L Sayers: Busman's Honeymoon (*****)
Dorothy L Sayers: Gaudy Night (*****)
Dorothy L Sayers: The Nine Tailors (****)
George Bellairs: The Dead Shall be Raised and Murder of a Quack (****)
George Bellairs: Death of a Busybody (*****)
Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff (*****)
C. H. B. Kitchin: Crime at Christmas (****)
Anthony Berkeley: The Poisoned Chocolates Case (***)
Jill McGown: Murder at the Old Vicarage (****)
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This is the big conflict in my life right now: do I go back and re-read those brilliant Noir comics books by Brian Michael Bendis, or do I start on the pile of novels I had earmarked for summer holiday reading? Decisions, decisions...
July 28, 2008 in Books | Permalink
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I've been eyeing up "You don't love me yet" for ages. You'll have to tell me if it's any good.
July 31, 2008 at 14:51
Yeah, will let you know. From what I've heard it's not one of his best... I have Chabon and Lethem in the same boat: what they put out it is either brilliant or pretty dreadful. Maybe they need a stricter publisher/editor who's not afraid to say 'this sucks'. The latest Chabon one I read, 'Gentlemen of the Road' pretty much sucked, which is a shame because 'The Yiddish Policeman's Union' was terrific. Maybe it's a one-on, one-off kind of deal.
July 31, 2008 at 17:56
i got all excited and bought it anyway, mainly because i started listening recklessly to roky erickson's song with the same name.. as for chabon i haven't read anythig yet but he's supposed to be good though i don't feel much of an urge to read his books. true, they're very stylish and got pretty covers, but the only one that has a back that sounds interesting is "wonderboys".
August 01, 2008 at 07:17
Wonderboys is great - have you seen the movie? But Kavalier And Clay is the one, especially if you are interested in the history of comics. I often am wary of books that win prizes and lots of plaudits, but they got it right with Kavalier And Clay. Mysteries Of Pittsburgh is also very fine, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a rip roaring Noirish tale, in the mould of James Crumley. But yeah, you should let me know how you get on with the Lethem book. I'm sure i will get around to it soon myself. At the moment i'm reading an old French 'locked-room' crime mystery classic 'The Yellow Room'. And fine stuff it is too :)
August 01, 2008 at 09:52
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