I’ve now completely dropped off the list of recent posts so it must be time for a brief round up.
I’m meant to be knuckling down to work on my 25000 word dissertation, but things are slow going at the moment. We are starting to get ready for the move to St North’s. Rusk is nearly 10 months and almost crawling, although I’ve been saying that since before Christmas. The vestments are pretty much all made, just waiting to be paid for and so waiting for my diocese to send me the money. One of the cats worried us last weekend by disappearing for 3 days. She was back by 5.30am on Monday morning though. That is about it on the news front.
I have been indulging in a fair amount of reading recently:
RC 8 – Robin Shelton – Allotted Time. The subtitle says it all really: Twelve months, two blokes, one shed, no idea. Great diary of two blokes trying to grow vegetables. Very funny.
RC 9 – Victoria Hislop – The Island. Very interesting novel centring round one family’s links to a leper colony. Thoroughly recommend this.
RC 10 – Quanta A. Ahmed MD – Invisible Women. This I think was a free e-book in the library thing early reviewers scheme. If not, I don’t quite remember where I downloaded it from. Autobiographical account of one woman practising medicine in Saudi Arabia. The cultural and religious detail is fascinating and her journey into deeper understanding of her Muslim heritage is moving.
RC 11 – William Styron – Sophie’s Choice. Now I am fairly sure this book counts as proper literature. I didn’t particularly enjoy the book, but I can see that it is very cleverly written. I think the reason I didn’t enjoy it is that I wasn’t really interested in the narrator’s story, just in the flashbacks to Sophie’s story. Anyway, I got to the end of it, mainly thanks to a very long train journey where the only alternative was reading journal articles for my dissertation.
RC 12 – Eoin Colfer – The Supernaturalist. A cut above the Artemis Fowl books, which I love. Reading this makes me think that Colfer might actually do a pretty good job on the next Hitchhiker book. While not quite as quirky as Douglas Adams, he has a good balance of dark and light and a pervading sense of doom which might work well. The characters are drawn sketchily, but still seemed real. Very good sci-fi.