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8. The White Lioness by Henning Mankel

Another one from the Wallander series about the adventures of a small-town Swedish detective. Although the style is very similar to Firewall, I liked this book a lot more. It's stretching credibility a bit that in both books I've read a crime in rural Sweden is tied into something much bigger and international, but this is what makes it interesting. In this case the assassination of Nelson Mandela (this is 1992) is being organised from a farmhouse outside Ystad. Wallander and his detective chums are as gloomy as ever, but quite a lot of this book is based in South Africa, focusing on both the criminals and the South African investigation. The suspense is tight right up to the very end.

Probably only one for people who like detective novels, but pretty good for what it is.

9. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

This month's Bibliogoths selection. Still one of my favourite adventure stories ever, but apparently I'm in the minority.

So I've finally finished the big pile of library books I took out in December, which means I can get stuck into my own pile, and finally tackle the books that [ profile] techbint has lent me.

Date: 2009-02-08 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
only 1 person seriously disliked it and 2 didn't particularly like it, the rest did

Date: 2009-02-08 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I loved The Anubis Gate. I made Simon buy it at Barter Books because I think he'll really enjoy it too, but I don't think he's read it yet. It was [ profile] zotz who pressed it upon me, so that's at least two other people who like it a lot.

Date: 2009-02-08 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm another fan - I like On Stranger Tides almost as much, but Anubis Gates is my favourite Powers book, and I generally like his work a lot...

Date: 2009-02-08 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I like The Anubis Gates, but for me The Stress Of Her Regard is his best book by far, with credit for Last Call too.

Date: 2009-02-10 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read either of those yet, but are a high priority after I make some headway with the unread books pile.

Date: 2009-02-09 12:09 am (UTC)
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I liked it, but didn't love it.


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