Friday, 13 April 2012

books I read this week

It's Friday the 13th of April. I've been travelling a lot these last couple of weeks so managed to fit in a lot of extensive reading. Here are what I got up to along with critic reviews:

Phantom - Jo Nesbo'Nesbo wrings out the tension, by turns painful and delicious, with consummate skill. The surprises come like an avalanche as the end nears, engulfing everything in its path, including Harry Hole.'
- Daily Express

Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
'Though Murakami seems to invite us to join him in a straightforward mystery adventure, he in fact does something much more upsetting. He frees us from his narrative in much the same way that his characters finally shake loose of one another - he sends us spinning, orbiting wildly. In doing so, he surely accomplishes the best, most unnerving job of fiction: to force you to look hard at the parts of yourself you never even suspected were there.'
- The Guardian

American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
'American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel which revolves about its own nasty bits. Brilliant.'
- The Guardian 
South of The Border, West of The Sun - Haruki Murakami
'This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths, but perhaps this is its most essential one, unbearable though it may be to contemplate.'
- The New York Times 
Karlology - Karl Pilkington
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish - Karl Pilkington

Those last two don't even need a review. Very very humourous is all that needs to be said.


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