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Two more books for April

(1) Rankin, Ian. The Naming of the Dead

Somehow I'd never come across Rankin's mysteries before, although he's a prolific writer and The Naming of the Dead is only the latest in a long series of books featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus. Two things sent me straight to my local bookstore for this one, though: first, a good review in The New York Times, and second, the fact that this novel is set in Scotland in July 2005, where the G8 leaders have gathered for their annual conference in a place called Gleneagles.... Now, because a handful of you will be sitting up and going "oooh!" right now, I have to be honest and admit that neither Villepin nor Putin actually makes an appearance in the novel (although Dubya and his bicycle have a walk-on role, and Tony Blair is referenced more than once). It's an satisfying story, and Rebus is an intriguing (and flawed) character. I think he's definitely worth a deeper acquaintance, and I'll be looking for the earlier novels at the library.


(2) Mayles, Peter. A Year in Provence

An absolutely delightful memoir which I've heard about forever and finally sat down to read.

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myinkyfingers
May. 2nd, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Did you know that some of the Rebus books have been made into movies with John Hannah as Rebus?

http://www.johnhannah.net/rebus2.html

There is some information etc at the link.

They're great films... but then I love just about anything with John Hannah in it.
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
No, I didn't! I don't think any of them have been released here; at least I don't remember hearing or reading about them. Thanks for the info; I'll have to look for them on DVD. :-)
luvmax1
May. 2nd, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
I read a little bit of "The Road". It's interesting, but very depressing, from what I can tell. I think I'll save the rest for the trip to Las Vegas, though. I like having something new to read on the plane.
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
Erk! Don't take a depressing book on vacation!
luvmax1
May. 8th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought of that, too. I'm sure I can find something else to bring. I have a whole bunch of books on my "to read" pile, not to mention an even bigger bunch that I'm planning to re-read.
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aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
I want to read the sequel now. :-)
foudebassan
May. 2nd, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
So the mysterious Gleneagles book is a Rankin! Now I'll have to borrow it from my parents (they're Rankin fans).
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
It was very good. Of course, it might have been even better if a certain pair of politicians had made an appearance. ;-)
foudebassan
May. 8th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Isn't that what imagination is for?
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yes.

Hmmm ... perhaps I should suggest to Tavi that she send a copy of the Gleneagles fic to Rankin's publishers; after reading it, they might decide to add a new chapter when the paperback edition of the book comes out. ;-)

*uses a simple, discreet icon to suggest close international relations, instead of a slashy one*
foudebassan
May. 8th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
*appreciates the closeness of the European and French flags as it should be appreciated*
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Do you think Domi might be a little insulted at what we're suggesting here?
foudebassan
May. 8th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Are we suggesting something?
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
*coughs* Perhaps just that Domi is quite broadminded, and has close friends from several European countries. (There, that comment gets a "G" rating on its face; for the hidden message you need a magic decoder ring.)
foudebassan
May. 8th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Vlad isn't in Europe!!!
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, what am I thinking?!? (Put the blunder down to only having woken up an hour ago, and not having had any coffee yet!) *thinks fast* Well, Silvio certainly counts for one, and, and Domi would say Angie counts as one, even though she's refusing to admit it and denying herself his company for some strange reason. There! How's that for a recovery?

Have to go shower and get ready for work now. Will be back later. :-)
desert_rifka
May. 2nd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
*waves hi*

I've seen the Rebus series on TV, love flawed characters. Still unable to concentrate enough to read, but thanks for the suggestion.
aswanargent
May. 8th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
On TV? Huh! I've never seen it or heard about it. Cable, maybe?

Just hang in there, Rifka, and take it a day at a time. *hugs*
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