So, I’ve have been in a MAJOR reading slump for a good long while, possibly most of the year. Work and uni and life has taken most of the priority even over reading. The good news is that I think I’m out the other side because I’ve read 2 books over the past 3 days. The bad news is that it means my November Wrap Up is extremely lacking. I read 1 book last month and listened to my first audio book all of the way through. That’s a total of 2 books in a whole month- terrible.
So everyone, this is going to be a short post!
I was initially attracted to the cover art for this book, it’s got a pop art vibe about it and I think the bright colours are pretty striking. Then there was the fact that I had just watched the BBC series a couple of days beforehand. The final attraction came with hunting to see if I could complete the set of books. You see, I bought these books in a garden centre in Wakefield and the books were not shelved in any particular order, which meant searching for them across 6 shelving bays! I managed it!
The Secret Adversary follows Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley; would be blackmailers who accidentally stumble into investigating the mysterious disappearance of Jane Finn.
This book was written in 1922 so be prepared for lots of “Old bean!” and possibly my favourite line; “Not seen you for simply centuries.” It’s great and although nothing like the TV adaptation (which uses the term adaptation to it’s fullest meaning) it was a great detective romp through 1920s Britain. I can’t wait to read the next one.
A more complete plot synopsis and review of The Secret Adversary will feature on the blog later in the month.
Last but not least for my November wrap up is The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick. This was the first audio book that I have ever listened to in it’s entirety. I ought to mention that I got it through Audible. It’s also my first Philip K. Dick novel and man was it weird. I mean, I went into it knowing that it would be out there but by the end of the story I was almost confused. I say ‘almost’ because I’m pretty sure I understood exactly what happened over the course of the book, but I’m not 100% on how Dick, or I for that matter, came to the conclusions that we did.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch is sci-fi at it’s best; set in a future where the Earth is too hot to venture out in the midday sun, where E-Therapy designed to stimulate the body’s evolutionary process is a very real thing and where man has colonised Mars. This future sees it’s people, especially the colonists, caught up in an obsession with Perky Pat, a doll not unlike Barbie. With the help of a drug called CAN-D and physical props known as “layouts”, the colonists can escape the hardships of off-Terra life by “translating” into a sort of alternate reality where they play the part of Perky Pat and, for the men, her boyfriend.
Have any of you read either of these books? What did you think to them?
And now for my TBR List. I’ve kept it at just 4 books for this month because considering my reading slump, I didn’t want to assume that I’d get through any more than that despite thinking I might be through the worst of it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll manage even that! Wish me luck!!
So for the month of December, I am hoping to read Everday by David Levithan, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
Has anyone read any of these? I know that most of them are not new publications. Which do you recommend I read first? Comment below please!