"Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich. Published 15/11/11. The 17th Stephanie Plum book. I was getting a little bored with these. Back in the beginning they were fun and filled with humour. A little bit different and a great way to ease someone into a genre they didn't particularly appreciate in the first place. At least that's what it was like for me. The later ones haven't been that great but I suppose that's to be expected after so many books. Book 16 restored my faith however. It had the humour that felt a little forced in the last few. 16 was to be my last if nothing had changed. What I found was that I enjoyed it and I am now looking forward to this one. Hope it wasn't a one off and the series has actually picked up again.
"Moriarty: The Hounds of the D'Ubervilles" by Kim Newman. Released 23/09.11. I love to try anything that seems to be a little bit quirky and I think Newman can certainly come under that. This isn't in his Dracula series but once again Newman is playing on famous characters and authors in literature. It was one of the things I loved about "Ano Dracula" so I am sure I will like this one too. In this Moriarty investigates crime but he does it for his own evil purposes. I will be interested to see if any more famous Victorian characters make an appearance.
"Snowdrops" by A. D. Miller. Released 1/9/11. This is one of the books on this years Man Booker long list. I've enjoyed quite a few of the winners over the last few years and so always like to see what has been picked out. I can't say I was all that enamoured with this years list but I think that probably had something to do with the fact that I had heard of very few of the authors. Since then though I have taken the time to pay more attention to the books and there actually a few I wouldn't mind reading. This is one of them and it's about to come out in paper back. A British lawyer gets involved with the wrong woman in Russia. It actually sounds more interesting than that and I've heard good things about it. Worth checking out.
What about you? Any new releases you are looking forward to? Or, have you read and enjoyed any of the books on this years Man Booker list?
Remember that I am giving a lovely copy of one of my favourite books to celebrate my birthday. No rules behind signing up for it and I will announce the winner on Sunday.
The title immediately made me think of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Now I'm very curious myself and I've never heard of the author before. Hmmmm . . .ReplyDelete
Hardy meets Sherlock Holmes? Sounds like a hoot.ReplyDelete
It's well worth checking out Satia. I loved Ano Dracula. Not just for the story but for spotting all the characters and authors from that era.ReplyDelete
I haven't read Hardy but I am guessing Moriarty's partner in crime is from the Tess book.