American Gods ‡ Neil Gaiman
perlmonger read it first, and he said I’d like it, and he was almost right …loved loved *loved* it. It’s the first Neil Gaiman I’ve read, apart from Good Omens, which I also loved – because I don’t like comic-type books (I like the pictures in my head).
a sweeping idea, beautifully executed – a wonderful and extraordinary book. Funny, touching, powerful, thought-provoking. Finely drawn characters, beautifully observed – I really do commend it to everyone. If you haven’t read it, get a copy and read it now!
Closer ‡ Mike Nichols (director)
and last night, having finished with West Wing, we addressed the huge pile of unwatched DVDs, starting with Closer. Avery strong film, with some utterly unlikeable characters – but stonking performances from the four leading players. Not an easy watch, by any means, but well worth it.
the Blacksmith Trilogy ‡ Jenny Maxwell
actually, I don’t think these are sold as a trilogy, but they do go together. They tell the story of two sisters: Anne, who is 6’5″, and a blacksmith, and Gloriana – petite, beautiful, a stage designer who is emotionally very damaged due to her past. I can’t find a way to describe the books without making them sound rubbish, which they aren’t. I’ve had them for years, and then when we were cataloguing, I found that one was missing. Finally bought it, and read them through last week, and was glad to do so again – they’re a cracking good read.
what is? What I thought of:
- Neil Gailman ‡ American Gods
- Closer (DVD)
- the Blacksmith Trilogy ‡ Jennie Maxwell