White Bones by Graham Masterson

I would like to start by saying I don’t write bad reviews. For the most part I always find a reason to like a book which isn’t always easy but I feel it’s cruel to hate on a book that someone worked hard to write. 

When I started White Bones by Graham Masterson I was beyond excited. A London based mystery with a female protagonist. I imagined that much like the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch I would find something witty, with strong characters and a good grasp of writing. I was disappointed by White Bones right from the beginning. The writing did nothing for me. It more telling then showing and there was no depth. The storyline sounds great and the characters have so much potential but I just could not get past the bad writing.  

Life’s too short for books you don’t enjoy and so I am moving on from this one. 

Have you read this book? What did you think

Prisoner of Tehran my Marina Neemat 

I just finished Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Neemat and I sense a major book hangover in my future. Marina Neemat was a political prisoner at Evan prison in Iran during the Iranian revolution. She was imprisoned for two years for speaking out during her calculus class and asking the revolutionary guard/teacher to teach something other then religion. The story is harrowing in its bravery and honesty but what stood out the most for me was how ordinary my life seemed, how innocuous my decisions, compared to Marina’s life.

The story was beautiful and terrifying. At times it was difficult to understand how one person could be so brave in the midst of so much death but that’s the Westerner in me talking. I haven’t experienced much in the grand scheme of things and so there were definitely moments in the book that I had difficulty relating to. I have to say this book really inspired me to learn more about Iran and Islam. There’s beauty in every religion and culture but sometimes things get skewed by a radical group who think they have all of the answers. I would recommend this book to anyone whose looking to learn something and be inspired. 

 

Alice Munro

I adore Alice Munro. Her books have gotten me through some tough times in my life, helped me to accept change, move on in a world where you just want to stay and drown in your pools of sorrow. When I saw that CBC had done a tribute in quotes to Alice Munro I knew I had to post it on my blog. Sometimes we need a pick me up and her stories do that for me.  

    
   

http://www.cbc.ca/books/mobile/touch/2015/07/10-perfect-alice-munro-sentences.html

The Phantom by Jo Nesbo

I’ve been glancing at books by Jo Nesbo and then walking away, mostly because translated books are a turn off for me. This book however surprised me, the depth of the story didn’t get lost in translation making it a hard to put down read. 
Harry Hole has been on the run but when Oleg, a boy he considered a son, is charged with the murder of his friend and fellow drug dealer Harry returns to Oslo to clear his name. Harry was a former police officer before he disappeared to Hong Kong and the local police is not pleased with his return. His reputation as an alcoholic and a man who takes the law into his own hands doesn’t help him while trying to clear Oleg’s name. He is a force to be reckoned with and a protagonist like no other.  
The story is detailed, well written and action driven. I found the writing to be odd at first but then the story quickly took off and drew me in. Harry is an odd protagonist. You love his intentions but despise his selfless ways. I wish I hadn’t started with the ninth book in the series, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking but I will definitely be going back to number one and reading the whole series. Jo Nesbo’s The Phantom was a surprisingly good read.