Sunday, 13 August 2017

2017 Reading, Part Four

Another six books have been read - helped by a recent holiday which will start to appear here soon and is my excuse for the last fortnight's quiet. I don't have any excuses for the whole of the last few months...

Anyway this article starts - as did the last book reading article - with Ransom Riggs. The film of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children brought the story to a conclusion, but the first book finishes just after the bomb destroys their house in World War II and they have taken to a boat, pursued by the nasties in a German U-Boat. This takes the story onwards from that point. Again an engrossing story, illustrated by a collection of somewhat weird old photographs. In the book we learn that there are peculiarities in the animal kingdom as well as in humans and the children make their way to Blitz-torn London in the hope of rescuing their mentor, Miss Peregrine. Whether they do or not remains to be seen in book three...

The second of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins sees heroine Katniss Everdeen with her "love" Peeta thrust back into the arena alongside other survivors of the tournaments from previous years. Just in case there's anyone who hasn't seen the films, let's just say that this is where Katniss becomes the unwitting focus of the rebellious feelings of the Regions.

I watched this HBO TV series when it first aired and was instantly drawn to the story of the American Marines fight through the Pacific islands. This is a more factual telling of the story featuring several of the real life men whose stories provided the background to the TV series, plus the experiences of a pilot from an aircraft carrier who wasn't included in the TV version. I bought the book after watching the TV series in (what? So long ago?) 2010 and the thickness of the book put me off for ...erm... a short while. But I'm glad now that I thought to pick it up again as it was well worth the read.

Another in Terry Pratchett's series about the City Watch of Ankh Morpock. This volume concerns a famous battle from thousands of years ago between dwarfs and trolls that seems about to be re-enacted following the death of a dwarf inside the depths of a dwarf mine and evidence of the presence therein of a troll. But all is not as it seems and it is up to Commander Sam Vines to get to the bottom of things despite his need to get home by six to read his infant son his bedtime story - That Is Not My Cow.

The last time we saw Prime Minister William Pitt's spy, Roger Brook, he was in Venice with the beautiful Indian wife of a charlatan. In this he makes off with the daughter of a Sultan - by gad the young scoundrel gets around a bit! Here, Roger ends up against his wishes with the army of Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt, attempting to stir things up between the French and the Islam nations. He does a good job of stirring them up in his own right - the book betrays something of the attitudes of the times both in which it is set and in which it was written and it is hard to find sympathy for some of his actions from today's viewpoints. But once again a cracking story from Dennis Wheatley laced as always with impeccably researched historical fact.

The first in Philip Reeve's series about the post-apocalypse state of the world where cities have taken to gigantic mobile platforms and spend their time chasing after smaller cities to nick their technology and enslave their people. I inadvertently read the third book in the series first, a couple of months ago, but now have been introduced more properly to battle-scarred heroine Hester Shaw and the part human mechanical warrior Mr Shrike. In this, Hester is still a teenager (the series is written for young adults, so no swearing, no sex, but as much violent action and derring do as you might want) and meets up with Tom for the first time. I've read a number of dystopian future novels in the past, but have to say that Philip Reeve has come up with some intriguing ideas for his version of the future world.

And that's all for now. I am halfway already through the second book for the next article in this series and I started one which I had bought hardback which had such small writing that I gave up after a few pages and left it on the cruise liner that we were on during the holiday for their library. Someone else can ruin their eyesight...

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