I’m Travelling Alone

I have a huge to read list at the moment. Every time I walk into Waterstones, there is very real danger of further purchases. Despite that, and having just read another Scandinavian thriller, I had a taste for it and didn’t feel like launching into anything I would have to think about too much.

This one got the nod. My verdict… average. It did the job and bridged that gap. The story was ok, the characters alright. I almost certainly will not be reading any more of the series though. There are far better books out there.

The Earth is Weeping

This was a long book. I have read other books on this subject that were a bit more focused and honestly, I think the author took on more than he could chew. It covers the entire depressing saga and it lost something for doing so. The writing was a bit dry and formal. It jumped around a bit and overall could have been half as long and wouldn’t have lost anything. The subject, as ever, displays the deep flaws within humanity perfectly. 

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

I often wonder why dinosaurs are the realm of children. To think that they walked across the same ground on which we do today is, to my mind, quite incredible. Learning about them and how they evolved and also about the vast spans of time through which they lived gives a degree of perspective. Great book. 

The Secret Barrister

Fantastic book which takes one through all of the basic workings of our legal system. The underlying message is one of under-funding and misguided leadership which shows no sign, unfortunately of abating. This sort of book is interesting and entertaining but more than that, people need to be reading this sort of thing to keep themselves properly informed. I fear many are not doing this!