Thursday, 15 November 2012


August 2010.........6 books only which is rubbish, as I would have been on holiday for 2 weeks of the month.

Mike Carey – Dead Man’s Boots

Tess Gerritsen – Keeping The Dead

Eric Lomax – The Railwayman

John Sandford – Rough Country

Eric Schlosser – Reefer Madness

Marcus Zusak – I Am The Messenger

Carey – ok, glad when it ended, don’t want to read him again.

Gerritsen – ok, glad when it ended, one of my wife’s authors so I will be reading more from her in the future. Boy, I can’t wait!

Lomax – one man’s experiences as a prisoner in the Far East during the Second World War. Some people’s capacity for survival and their ability to reconcile with former enemies is humbling.

Sandford – always a pretty good read, whether it’s Davenport, Kidd or in this case, Virgil Flowers.

Schlosser’s book was an analysis on the underground economy in the US, marijuana, migrant labour and pornography. Did you know the underground economy is estimated to be 10% of American GDP? Interesting book.

Pick of the month though was Zusak’s Messenger

Blurb..... protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?
A 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Absolutely loved it....10/10

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