OK, I gotta admit right up front that Kylie’s book does not fall into what would traditionally be on my ‘must-read radar’. Or of any of my read radars. For starters: no Nazis. No car chases. Not even a gun. I mean, no gun WTF? All good writers when they sit down at their desks […]Read more "Book Review: Kylie Ladd’s After the Fall"
Popular Penguin Five: Robin Lane Fox’s The Classical World The first non-fiction of the Popular Penguins. I greatly enjoyed this book, but boy, was it a stop-start affair. There’s a saying (well, not really a saying, more an observation I’ve made) that you know you’re a parent when you read books one shit at a […]Read more "Book Review: The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox"
Popular Penguin Four: Barbara Vine’s The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy The first disappointment of the series. The plot is excellent. That said, the characters are all arse holes. Rich snobs who enjoy teasing people for entertainment and genuinely judge people on accents. I just couldn’t care about any of the people, not the daughters, not the […]Read more "Book Review: The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy by Barbara Vine"
Popular Penguin Three: Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s If you’ve seen the movie, you’ve pretty much read this book. Entertaining, bizarre forties New York socialite dates men, has a mysterious past and gets screwed over. The surprise is more the additional short stories at the end – again, different and entertaining. Buy it for tenner. […]Read more "Book Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s"
Popular Penguin number two: Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep I’d never heard of this book before, so it was the first ‘first-time’ read for me from the Popular Penguins and – I was impressed! Perhaps the original detective novel, full of great one liners, hard boiled characters, gun play and naked babes sneaking into apartments. […]Read more "Book Review: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler"
Popular Penguin One: Alex Garland’s The Beach Years ago I read Jack Kerouac’s On The Road right before I read The Beach (coincidentally they are both in the Popular Penguin’s first fifty forty-nine) and there are two immediate observations I can make. The first is that The Beach is the Yang to On The Road’s […]Read more "Book Review: The Beach by Alex Garland"