No-one asked me, but I want to play anyway, more for my own amusement than to spark a debate, but here I go.......
I always have a couple on the go. I’m currently reading Sandra Brannan and Noah’s Rainy Day, the 4th in a series with Liz Bergen. My first taste of this author and at the halfway point I’m enjoying it without being stunned or amazed. Liz is a newly recruited FBI agent drafted into assist in the investigation of a missing 5 year old.
My second book is The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry which is on loan from my local library. I’ve read a few by Perry before and loved them. I’m only 30 pages in so far, but I’m liking it.
A few possibilities – Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins which my wife nabbed from me and read. She absolutely loved it.
Or, The Necessary Death Of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay, a first novel about a Glasgow hitman.
Or Tomorrow City by Kirk Kjeldsen, another debut novel set in China.
No classics or great literature for me......
Jess Walter – Over Tumbled Graves
Charlie Stella – Rough Riders
Mike Nicol – Killer Country and Black Heart
Olen Steinhauer - “Milo Weaver” books
Robert Littell – The Company
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
Lounge only, no reading material in the bathroom.
A few old issues of National Geographic that were passed on to me.
What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
A tie between Jack Kerouac – Lonesome Traveller and Brett Easton Ellis – American Psycho.....both equally grim!
What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like?
My wife read the 50 Shades trilogy because of the hype and because her colleagues at work were reading them. Because I read what she reads (eventually), I manned up and read all 3.....Oh Christian, Oh Anna, Oh Christian, Oh Anna, creaking bed-springs and the sound of a riding crop whishing through the air, followed by a sharp yelp, Oh Christian, Oh Anna etc etc .........well at least I won’t have to suffer through that again!
A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving - but no-one listens!
What are your three favourite poems?
Without cheating and going to look something up, I don’t have three. I was always touched by the poem John Hannah recited in Four Weddings and a Funeral but the title eludes me....Stop the clocks????
Where do you usually get your books?
Amazon UK – you can thank me for my contribution to the continuing demise of small bookshops up and down the country, sorry!
Where do you usually read your books?
At home, on the sofa, in bed, in the garden. Sitting in the car waiting. Work with a few snatched minutes at my desk at lunchtime
What is your favourite passage from a book?
Sorry, I don’t save quotes or passages. Nothing springs to mind.
Who are your top five favourite authors?
Tom Kakonis – Michigan Roll
What 3 books are you an ‘evangelist’ for?
Jess Walter – Citizen Vince
Norman Green – Shooting Dr. Jack
Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief – 4 then!
Terry Shames – A Killing At Cotton Hill
What is your favourite classic book?
Not very well read in this department, so I’ll go with my “O”- Level Literature book, Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
Other Notable Mentions?
Ken Bruen, Roger Smith, Daniel Woodrell,