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Oliver bought me this for Yule.
It's hilarious, like the other books of Tom Holt's that I have read.
Random occurrences are drawn together neatly to make a side-splittingly funny book.
I really am going to have to draw up a list of his books that I have read, then try to get hold of the little blighters that I haven't read yet.

There are very many reasons why British summers are either non-existent or, alternatively, held on a Thursday. Many of these reasons are either scientific, mad, or both - but all of them are wrong, especially the scientific ones. The real reason why it rains perpetually from January1st to December 31st (incl.) is, of course, irritable Chinese water dragons.

I mean, after reading that, and being nutty, you would just want to read on, or is that just me?

At first I found the various characters in Second Glance a little disjointed, but as I have read several of Picoult's books, I stuck with it, and soon enough the seemingly various unrelated characters started to fall into place. By the end of the novel Picoult has tied off all the various strands with her usual adeptness.
What shocked me about this novel was the theme. I am sure I am not the only person who was unaware of a Eugenics programme taking place in USA during the early half of the 1930s.
As usual the novel is very well researched, and characters entirely believable.
Spencer Pike came across as a fanatical control freak, and the final chapter of the book was so gripping I had to just sit and read until I got to the end.

I'm not saying much about this book, as Blue has also read it and she finished it first, so I will leave to Blue to do the main blog.
What I will say about it, is that the plot is not straightforward, and trying to suss out what is going on certainly taxes the reader's brain. If you like your mystery books to have a straightforward plot, don't read this book.

What I will say was that I enjoyed the novel, and consequently looked or another by the same author.

I love Anne Rice's books. Well, the Mayfair Witch series, and the Vampire Chronicles. This volume starts to bring together the Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches.
Quinn Blackwood deliberately searches out Lestat at the start of the book, then Quinn relates the history that has brought him to act as he does. The plotline,[ as with all of Anne Rice's books that I have read,] is well crafted and has surprises
This one, even though 530 pages long, took me much less time to read than some others. I do have "Blood Canticle", which is the next and last Vampire Chronicle, but I feel I should read "Taltos" before reading it as I believe "Blood Canticle" ties together the Mayfair Witches and the Vampire Chronicles

For more information about Blackwood Farm, click here.

I have been reading, just been feeling pretty ropey and consequently read quite a lot, but blogged next to nothing.
I've read and completed 3 books, started reading a fourth and discarded it as too mushy for m, and started a fifth one.
I got only two books as pressies this year. One I have started to read, the other is a "dip into kind"

The "dip into" book is called "From Al Desko to Zorbing" by Kerry Maxwell, published by MacMillan. It is a type of catch up dictionary, with "New words for the 21st Century"
I have dipped into it a little already. The very first definition seems to describe me to a T.
abibliophobia.... in short, a fear of running out of reading material. Yes, that's me, wherever I go, my current book goes, and if I am nearly at the end, the next book I intend to read goes as well....just in case. the top article tells you more about this little gem of a book. Thanks Samantha.

The book I stopped reading was The Food of Love, I'm sure it is a very good book,what I read was very well written, but "romantic comedies" to me should be funny, and I bought this as a romantic comedy, and after 100 pages I hadn't laughed once, and I was losing patience with the dumb good looking bloke using his pal to cook for him. So I gave the book away to someone who will probably enjoy it. After all, if you flick through my posts on here, you'll notice that I don't do "slushy" romantic books.
[If you click on the link above it tells you loads more about the book.]

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