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Saturday Night Peter…

“Saturday Night Peter” is the second part of the autobiography of the comedian Peter Kay. The first book, “The Sound of Laughter”, finishes just as Peter gets his first break into comedy. The second book picks up from that point, documenting his Saturday gigs while he progresses up the ladder into the big time.

The first book was just plain funny. It had me laughing out loud a lot. The second book was not full of belly laughs. It was more amusing than full on funny. Still worth a look if you like the guy.

Cheers

Tim…

I Shall Wear Midnight…

I Shall Wear Midnight is the most recent book in the Discworld series. It’s a continuation of the Tiffany Aching story line and like the other Young Adult books, doesn’t have such a densely packed story line. It was enjoyable, but didn’t rock my world.

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Tim…

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest…

I was reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest for most of yesterday. At midnight I decided I needed to know how it ended and decided to stay awake until I had finished it. At about 08:00 this morning I finished it, had an emotional moment, had a quick bath and drove out to watch my nephew play football.

Perhaps missing out on a nights sleep was not the most sensible idea, but it shows my feeling about this series of books. They are fantastic. The pace of the three books are quite different, but each is brilliant in its own way. Such a shame there will be no more.

Cheers

Tim…

The Girl Who Played with Fire…

Wow! The Girl Who Played with Fire is awesome. I reall enjoyed the first book, but I think this one is even better. It’s just relentless. I was lying in bed reading it last night, desperate to finish it, but also not wanting it to end.

The book ends rather abruptly, making you desperate to start book 3 to see what happens next. Sure enough, book 3 continues on from where book 2 ends. It took me about 30 pages before I felt in a position to put it down and go to sleep. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen. :)

Cheers

Tim…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…

A few friends mentioned “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“, but the title screamed Chick Lit to me so I avoided reading it until now. Well, it just goes to show you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover/title.

It’s a down-and-dirty detective story with some rather grim elements, but it’s really engrossing and a proper page turner. Considering my usual trauma when moving between authors, I took to this effortlessly. Maybe I’ve finally learned to read… :)

Cheers

Tim…

Unseen Academicals…

Unseen Academicals is the 37th book in the Discworld series. When I first started reading the series I found Terry Pratchett‘s writing style a little strange. Having had a long break from reading his stuff, switching back was a little difficult at first. Fortunately the characters are brilliant, so you get drawn back in fairy quickly. The first 50 pages were a little tricky, but after that it was just like home again.

The wizards of the Unseen University are forced to make a decision between playing football or eating less, so obviously they pick football. There are a few new characters introduced, including Nutt, who is awesome.

If you like the others you will love this.

Cheers

Tim…

PS. Football refers to real football, not that American stuff. :)