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Saturday, December 1st, 2012 02:33 pm
It's been quite a good month for finishing books. Many were shorter ones, but I got through a fair number, and have quite a few more currently on the go.

First finished was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. I'd seen the film of this decades ago, but had never read the book. But now it was newly out on Kindle I snapped it up. I really enjoyed it. It's very Dickensian, and the snowy setting with wolves attacking is very festive. The characters were generally quite black and white, though the two main girl characters were more rounded. The plotting was fun, and it was a real page-turner. Thoroughly recommended.

Next up was Behind the Sofa, a collection of memories of Doctor Who collected by Steve Berry to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK. This was superb. I can't recommend this enough to fellow Doctor Who fans. It captures the love that many people have for this British institution. Although the memories were written by celebrities in the main part the celebrity angle isn't key to appreciating the book. They are fans of Doctor Who writing about how much it means to them, and that communicates across boundaries.

This month's book club choice was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I really enjoyed this. I never read it at school, although I remember once wishing that I was as we waded through Catcher in the Rye ... Many of the characters in the book are thoroughly unlikeable, but I found it to be an evocative atmospheric read, and one I was still thinking about days after.

Talk to the Tail is the most recent book by Tom Cox about life with his many characterful cats. I didn't enjoy this as much as his earlier Under the Paw. There were too many chapters deviating onto other subjects, like horses, or an overseas trip. I wanted to hear just about The Bear, and Ralph, and Shipley, and the others. But when it focused on the cats it was really good, especially towards the end of the book where it became very reflective on what the cats meant to him, and what he meant to them.

The final book finished was Lady Stardust, an Obverse Books collection of stories featuring Doctor Who spin-off character Iris Wildthyme and her companion Panda. This was fun, though more of the stories were misses for me than is usual in an Obverse Books Iris collection. But overall I enjoyed it.


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