Thursday, 27 December 2007

What I'm reading at the moment

Image of book coverThe Vesuvius Club
by Mark Gatiss

"Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde: portrait painter, wit, dandy and rake - the guest all hostesses must have. And do. But few of his connections or conquests know that Lucifer Box is also His Majesty's most daring secret agent, at home in both London's Imperial grandeur and the underworld of crazed vice that seethes beneath."
This has started well; I hope it proves better than my last three book reading attempts. A Christmas present from Mr A.

Image of book coverSemi-Detached
by Griff Rhys Jones

"Semi-Detached is Griff Rhys Jones's own account of his ordinary suburban childhood; of adolescent scraps and scrapes; of coming of age in the 1960s and 70s; of family and university life and of times lost or at least fuzzy around the edges."
I think I'd like to resign from the role of Lola II's book reporter, reading books she's been given so that she doesn't have to. They're mostly rubbish.

That doesn't apply to the books she's given me that she's read and thinks are good. They're mostly good.

This one was rubbish. It would be of interest only to the people who are mentioned in it, or if you were a teenager in Epping in the late 60's. There was a weak frisson when Lola II's school was mentioned, because Griff nearly went to it. The most interesting sentence was on page 295, where he mentions that in 1975, Douglas Adams (who had been at the same secondary school) was living with John Lloyd, who was going out with Griff's sister. Page 295 is a long way to go for an interesting sentence.

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