Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
I like it when I can follow and understand the explanations of complex and complicated processes. It was exciting and interesting to read. I learnt a lot of new things and re-learnt facts and procedures. Well written and – as far as I can tell – very well researched. Loved it!
Ragdoll: Dein letzter Tag (Detective William Fawkes #1) by Daniel Cole
Many thanks to NetGalley Germany for giving me the opportunity to read this book as a sample copy.
When people who worked in this sector (police or ambulance services) and write books taking place in such an environment, their experience always shows. Especially when you look at the characters. They are very skilled in reading people and creating characters following those observations. I love the characters in this book. They don’t quite make developments but they are all unique and fleshed out. It was a joy meeting them. And since, in my opinion, a story lives or doesn’t live with the quality of its characters, I enjoyed this one a lot. So much I got second thoughts about reading more about continuing to read the William Fawkes books. I got a bad case of writer envy. :3
Ghosts by John Banville
The prose is so beautiful I want to dive into it, bath in it and eat it whole. I wish I could write like that! Unfortunately the storytelling isn’t even remotely as beautiful. If there was a plot it got lost or neglected or it was all so artistic that I failed to grasp it. It also doesn’t help that this is the middle part of a trilogy and my reading the first book was too long ago to remember details. The characters remain flat with little to none background and sidebranches of the story get dropped or neglected and it’s just annoying, really. Such a stunning writing but such a disappointing storytelling.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
I’ve always loved Neil Gaiman’s writing even if I didn’t like the story itself that much. What happened here, though? It didn’t sound like him. I know it’s a sort of retelling the stories but I honestly missed his unique “voice” here. The stories were okay. I only got annoyed with everything being “the best, tallest, cleverest, brightest, prettiest, largest, hugest, strongest” etc etc. Sounded like something written by Steven Moffat. I don’t blame Gaiman for the superlatives. I think it’s the general nature of the stories.
Anyway. I’m a bit disappointed, I have to admit. Perhaps my expectations can be blamed for being a bit too high here.
(On a side note: I did so right to name my cat Loki. She is the feline version of that god!)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This had been on my to-read pile for a while now and I finally got around to read it.
I didn’t know what I was in for. The only thing I heard about the book beforehand was that it was supposed to be really good.
I wasn’t let down. On the contrary.
Although I’m not a fan of unfinished sentences and half sentences, it made sense and was important for this kind of story and its unraveling. I knew where it would be going after the first two chapters but that wasn’t the point. It didn’t mean to make a mystery of the facts of the story itself.
It’s a beautiful, sad and painful story with a lot of truth in it.