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March 1st, 2012

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 04:53 pm
Happy World Book Day! I've lots of books on the go at the moment, and should be finishing a few more soon.

In the meantime here are my thoughts about the books I finished in February.

First up was a Quick Reads book, Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels by Jacqueline Rayner. As a Quick Reads book it was short, but it was much better than many longer Doctor Who books. The plot was well constructed and zipped along nicely, and the characterisation of the Doctor, Amy and Rory was bang on. I enjoyed this immensely.

I've wanted to read The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo for some time, but had to wait for it to come out on Kindle. I really enjoyed it. It's very similar in style to other classic children's magical/mystical books, like Alan Garner's works, and Susan Cooper's. The plot starts out quite formulaic, albeit very well crafted, but then it gets more interesting. I enjoyed it immensely, and because it's the start of a trilogy (already sitting on my Kindle) I have two more books in the series to look forward to.

Merv Pumpkinhead: Agent of D.R.E.A.M. by Bill Willingham is a comic book spin-off from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. It's not written by Neil, but it uses his characters in a new story. I quite enjoyed it. Merv was my second favourite character in the Sandman, after Death, but this book was somewhat unsatisfying for me. As a comic book it was short, but that wasn't the problem. I think it was more the plotting. I also wanted to read about the Dream world, rather than the real world Merv ended up adventuring in.

Last book finished of the month was Pure by Andrew Miller. This has won lots of prizes, but it was on my to-read list for a very long time before it won any prize. I just liked the idea of the plot. I'm glad to say that it was everything I hoped it would be and more, one of the most satisfying books I've read in a long time. It's all about the clearance (including human remains) of a Parisian cemetery shortly before the French revolution. It's very well crafted. I wished it wouldn't end, I was enjoying it so much. Thoroughly recommended.
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