David Maine, The Flood – re-telling of the Noah’s ark story, from multiple points of view. Charming.
Michael Collins, The Meat Eaters – collection of short stories. Mixed, but generally enjoyable.
Lorraine Adams, Harbor – as you can tell by the spelling of the title, an American book. A tale of immigration and (hints of) terrorism. Misable, but apparently well received in the US.
Ian McEwan, Amsterdam – I read this in one sitting (during the flight from O’Hare to Austin) and loved every word. I wanted it to be longer, and it was no ‘Saturday’, but it’s good.
Simon Ings, The Weight of Numbers – Meh. I wanted to enjoy it more than I did. Involved and full of character development, but let down by dull sections and some badly written sex (which was not even central to the book). Meh.
Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach – I love McEwan, and enjoyed his latest, but it was no ‘Saturday’ or even ‘Amsterdam’. His weakest yet, or was I just in a bad mood?
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion – stuck in an Austin airport, surrounded by Best Sellers, I was desperate to buy anything that wasn’t by Crichton, Binchy, Grisham etc. Eventually settled on Dawkins, who turns out to be a good read. Thought provoking (obviously) but also surprisingly readable.