Dec. 4th, 2011

sarahkbee: Doctor Who books (book)
The Misogynist by Piers Paul Read
Bought this sometime in the early summer, as part of a 3 for 2 offer.  Read a bit, got distracted, read some more in the late summer and ground to a halt about halfway through the book.  It's not bad, but it's a rather depressing view of men and relationships, which I think was part of why I kept stopping.  Finally finished it a couple of days ago, and I'm not sure I'd re-read it - one of the main reasons I actually finished it was because it's part of the shelf-and-a-half of unfinished and unread books that I'm determined to try and get through (or at least reduce) before I buy any more books.
The main character is a retired chap called Jomier, whose wife left him some years ago.  He's bitter about this, and definitely bitter towards her, but not so much a misogynist, perhaps, as just a misanthrope in general.  The book tells of him starting a relationship with another divorcee, a similarly aged woman called Judith, and how this relationship plays out, together with what's happening with his children and grandchildren.  
Possibly I've just read far too much chick-lit, but I definitely found the view of relationships in this book very grim - not necessarily wrong, but not cheerful.
sarahkbee: Doctor Who books (book)
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Ben Aaronovitch wrote one of my all-time favourite books, "The Also People", so when I saw "Rivers of London" in the bookshop I snapped it up, and would have read it sooner if it weren't for my ongoing efforts to reduce the backlog of unfinished books (trying to finish a part-read book in between each 'want to read' book).
Peter Grant is a constable just finishing up his probationary period in the Met when he accidentally interviews a ghost about a murder - accidentally because until then he didn't believe in ghosts.  This leads to him becoming the apprentice of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.
It reminds me of the Harry Dresden and the Felix Castor series', with someone discovering that there is still magic, and he can do it, while the rest of the world (us) carry on oblivious.  But for all that it's readable and enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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