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2007's Reading So Far

Having started the year reasonably well - I've taken to reading instead of watching appalling television programmes - I think it's time to post about the books I've read so far.

One of my goals for this year is to read more fiction, which was an excellent excuse to order more books online: so far the balance is 50/50.

I've just finished The Time Traveler's Wife, which I quite enjoyed: review under the cut.

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
I finally got round to reading this, after so many people recommended it to me last year.

The time traveller in question (damn it, I'm using the British spelling here) is a man who vanishes from his present and reappears at other points in time, often interacting with people he already knows in his present. He doesn't know when this is going to happen and his wife has no idea when - or in what state - he's going to return.

Getting past the bizarre premise - it almost makes sense when you're reading it - this is essentially a love story. In that sense, it's quite a good one. You follow the couple throughout quite a large chunk of their lives and I did find myself sympathising with the characters, although at the end I was left slightly disappointed by something that I can't quite put my finger on.

If you've not already read it, it's definitely worth a look.

Other Reading
I've also enjoyed:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Hugh Fearlessly Eats It All, which is an entertaining collection of his journalism. I'm not sure I'd recommend going out of your way to pick it up - it's enjoyable, but did remind me of something you might find sitting in a bathroom.

Andrew Taylor's A Plum in Your Mouth, which is an interesting look at accents. It's entertaining, if not deep and doesn't have the school-teacher's tone of Lynne Truss. I couldn't locate my register for about a week after finishing it.

Phillip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly. Odd, twisted and seeming at times to jump between a Kerouac or Burroughs style tale of junkies to a paranoid Orwellian state where no-one really know who anyone is and who they can trust. Excellent.

Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith. If anything, this is funnier than witches books aimed at adults. The Nac Mac Feegles are hilarious and I'm sure I know Annagramma...
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I LOVED time traveller's wife!
So did I - mostly - but there just seemed to be something missing.

I'm not a huge fan of romance normally, unless it's of the trashy supernatural kind, so it may be that I'm just a big stick in the mud ;)