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How to Forget by Marius Brill

DATE FINISHED: August 6th, 2012 

RATED: *** (3.5)

SYNOPSIS:  Mr Magicov makes a living by entertaining the old folks of Christchurch after a children’s party once went drastically awry and irrevocably altered his career path. Kate Minola, a magician’s daughter, is a career confidence trickster on the run from the FBI. When their paths unexpectedly cross, Kate promises Peter (Magicov) revenge on his own nemesis, and a share of a million pounds – but can he really trust a woman who has spent her life specialising in the long con?

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Mystery Man by Bateman

DATE FINISHED: January, 2012 (catch-up post)             

RATED: *** (3.5)

SYNOPSIS:  The young, witty, reclusive, hypochondriac owner of a bookshop specialising in the crime genre, is dragged into various investigations (mostly against his better judgment) when the detective agency next door never re-opens (under possibly mysterious circumstances).  Add to this an unexpected relationship with the beautiful girl who works across the street, and who knows what might happen next?

THOUGHTS:   The setting in an independent bookshop invites not unwarranted comparisons with TV’s Black Books: very wry, slightly sarcastic, deadpan delivery. Very funny, too.   Read more of this post

What I’ve read so far in 2012

As I have been neglecting this blog, lately, I am adding this post as a ‘filler’, with the intention of updating throughout the year (unless I get back into the swing of things), so I still have a record of what I have read.


The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – 3/5 
Not many thoughts about this, really.  Innocuous fare, not as clever as I had hoped from the jacket blurb.

Mystery Man by Colin Bateman –  3.5/5  (extended review added retrospectively, March 29th)
Very funny in parts, but not quite as good as I remembered Chapter & Verse to be (or Turbulent Priests).

Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre –  3/5   (extended review added retrospectively, March 29th)
I was looking for something Bateman-ish in style/tone, so it took me a while to adjust to the fact that this was not.  A little too much self-reference to previous adventures (which did not whet my appetite for them).  Might try another in the future, but as this was the storyline which most appealed to me, currently undecided on that.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt –  3/5 
A very easy-going narrative & short chapters made the novel easy to get into, but became very same-y all too soon.  Has a fantastic cover design, though!

Paper Moon by Joe David Brown – 3/5 
Enjoyed the first part a lot more than the latter, with the descriptions of the scams pulled by father & daughter.  Was disappointed by the Pollyanna-ish turn as the book progressed (something I assume I would have been prepared for if I had first seen the film…).


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