kittiwake: (local)
After three books about lonely people in a row (books S, T & U for the A to Z Challenge), I decided that my next read should be something rather more upbeat than a man's wife and mistress trying to come to terms with each other after his death, so I put "Instances of the Number 3" by Salley Vickers aside and went to the library to look at the V shelf after work today. As I've reached the stage where I am bored with the A to Z Challenge and want to get it finished as quickly as possible, I pulled out the two thinnest books and had a look at them.

The first was a book of Indian short stories (good) about alienation and exile (bad - more loneliness) so it went back straight back on the shelf. The second was a humorous murder mystery set at an academic conference on Edgar Allan Poe, and although the protagonist was described as a loner, that is not necessarily the same as being lonely, so I decided to risk bringing "Borges and the Eternal Orang-Utans" by Luis Fernando Verissimo home with me.
kittiwake: (books)
This month's must read book is "Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction".
This month's must see movie is is "Mrs Henderson Presents".

Books Read

The Splendid Outcast: Beryl Markham's African Stories
Elf Fantastic - ed. Martin H. Greenberg
Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen - P.G. Wodehouse
Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson
Miss Mapp - E.F. Benson
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction - Sue Townsend
Dead Babies - Martin Amis
East, West - Salman Rushdie

Here is my December entry on 50bookchallenge.

Cinema Trips

Flightplan
Mrs Henderson Presents
The Producers

Film reviews

"Flightplan"
A film with so many plot holes it might as well have been crocheted.

"Mrs Henderson Presents"
I loved this - amusing and Will Young was good in it.

"The Producers"
The cinema was full and everyone laughed the whole way through.

And finally, here is the complete list of all the books that I read during 2005:
1 - The Drawing of the Dark - Tim Powers
2 - The Secret of Annex 3 - Colin Dexter
3 - Service of all the Dead - Colin Dexter
4 - A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
5 - Rune - Christopher Fowler
6 - Charlotte's Friends - Sarah Kennedy
7 - The Philosophers' Secret Fire - Patrick Harpur
8 - Pigs Have Wings - P.G. Wodehouse
9 - The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing - Melissa Bank
10 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
11 - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
12 - Aborigine Dreaming - James Cowan
13 - Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
14 - Politically Correct Bedtime Stories - James Finn Garner
15 - Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression - Lewis Wolpert
16 - Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
17 - Molesworth - Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle
18 - The Rotters' Club - Jonathan Coe
19 - On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony
20 - Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets - Stephen Smith
21 - Total Eclipse - John Brunner
22 - Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
23 - A Song of Stone - Iain Banks
24 - The British Museum is Falling Down - David Lodge
25 - Come, Tell Me How You Live - Agatha Christie Mallowan
26 - The Wood Wife - Terri Windling
27 - Not the End of the World - Kate Atkinson
28 - 1421: The Year China Discovered the World - Gavin Menzies
29 - Essays - Michel de Montaigne
30 - Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - Thich Nhat Hanh
31 - The Eighth Book Pan Book of Horror Stories
32 - The Ophiuchi Hotline - John Varley
33 - Larry's Party - Carol Shields
34 - The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories
35 - Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction
36 - Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland
37 - Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
38 - The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
39 - The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
40 - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
41 - Cat Karina - Michael Coney
42 - Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
43 - The Manticore - Robertson Davies
44 - World of Wonders - Robertson Davies
45 - Old School Ties - Kate Harrison
46 - Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
47 - The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment - Isabel Losada
48 - Before and After - Matthew Thomas
49 - I Can Make You Thin - Paul McKenna
50 - The Wizard of Boland - 'BB'
51 - Wayward Girls and Wicked Women - ed. Angela Carter
52 - Tell Me Your Dreams - Sidney Sheldon
53 - The Electric Michelangelo - Sarah Hall
54 - Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
55 - The Hippopotamus - Stephen Fry
56 - The Cubs and Other Stories - Mario Vargas Llosa
57 - The Book of Proper Names - Amélie Nothomb
58 - Mystery - Peter Straub
59 - The Waste Land and Other Poems - T.S. Eliot
60 - The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby
61 - Into the Green - Charles de Lint
62 - The Winds of Limbo - Michael Moorcock
63 - The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
64 - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Anon
65 - Cromartie v. the God Shiva acting through the Government of India - Rumer Godden
66 - Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
67 - Viking Age Iceland - Jesse Byock
68 - Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
69 - Achilles - Elizabeth Cook
70 - The Silicon Man - Charles Platt
71 - The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks - Robertson Davies
72 - Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton
73 - The Killer's Guide to Iceland - Zane Radcliffe
74 - Popcorn - Ben Elton
75 - Ancient Echoes - Robert Holdstock
76 - Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding
77 - Brief Candles - Aldous Huxley
78 - The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
79 - The Children of Men - P.D. James
80 - Disturbia - Christopher Fowler
81 - The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300 - 1850 - Brian Fagan
82 - The Screaming Tree - Phil Lovesey
83 - Grimus - Salman Rushdie
84 - Cooking with Fernet Branca - James Hamilton-Patterson
85 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
86 - Yes Man - Danny Wallace
87 - The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula le Guin
88 - Kil'n People - David Brin
89 - Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem - Peter Ackroyd
90 - Gods, Demons and Others - R.K. Narayan
91 - The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
92 - Status Anxiety - Alain de Botton
93 - Spanky - Christopher Fowler
94 - Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
95 - No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod
96 - Feersum Endjinn - Iain M. Banks
97 - Atonement - Ian McEwan
98 - The Mistress of Spices - Chita Banerjee Divakaruni
99 - Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
100 - A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse - Richard Hamer
101 - Veniss Underground - Jeff VanderMeer
102 - Orlando - Virginia Woolf
103 - Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith
104 - The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
105 - The Prose Edda - Snorri Sturluson
106 - Moon Country - Simon Armitage & Glyn Maxwell
107 - Personal Demons - Christopher Fowler
108 - Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
109 - The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love - Jill Connor Browne
110 - Falling Out of Cars - Jeff Noon
111 - The Solitaire Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
112 - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
113 - Bachelor Boys: The Young Ones Book - Ben Elton, Rik Mayall & Lise Mayer
114 - The Various Haunts of Men - Susan Hill
115 - Coromandel Sea Change - Rumer Godden
116 - The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers - Henry James
117 - Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? - Liz Evans
118 - The Splendid Outcast: Beryl Markham's African Stories
119 - Elf Fantastic - ed. Martin H. Greenberg
120 - Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
121 - The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith
122 - In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith
123 - Aunts Aren't Gentlemen - P.G. Wodehouse
124 - Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson
125 - Miss Mapp - E.F. Benson
126 - Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction - Sue Townsend
127 - Dead Babies - Martin Amis
128 - East, West - Salman Rushdie

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