Books read so far this year... (that I remember)
1. James Patterson & Mark Sullivan, Private Berlin
James Patterson's "Private" series is an interesting one, in that so far only a couple have featured the same characters. The Private of the title is an investigation firm with agencies around the world, so there have been novels set in LA, London, Sydney and now Berlin.
On a side note, "Private Oz" had some great little phrases and characterisations included that made it look like Patterson and his co-writers had done their research. And then a paragraph later you'd come across something so Americanised that would never be said/seen/done in Australia, that you'd start to wonder if Crocodile Dundee II was their "research".
2. James Patterson & Marshall Karp, NYPD Red
A thriller centred around a police division tasked with high-profile (ie rich and famous) victims, this wasn't quite as appealing as some of his other stand-alone thrillers. If this becomes a series, it'll be interesting.
3. Clive Cussler, Sahara
I've seen the movie a few times, and it's a fun adventure ride. I picked up the original novel version a while ago at one of those 3-for-$X sales, and finally got around to reading it on my recent trip to Adelaide. It's packed full of a lot more action than the film, and while many of the plot points are the same, the focus of the book is different. In the novel, the treasure hunt is a fairly minor (and late arriving) subplot to the main issues of slavery (left out of the film) and pollution (in the film, but with less impact).
A great read. Note to self: Don't watch the movie straight after reading the book.
4. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
|Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game|
The first book this year that I've read before.
5. Orson Scott Card, Speaker For The Dead
I followed "Ender's Game" with its sequel, which was a Lifeline Bookfest purchase from several years ago that I finally got around to reading. It was quite a good read - I think it's the first science fiction novel that I've ever read that has a heavy focus on anthropology and biology, rather than just a "Alien-race-of-the-week" storyline that 1960s Star Trek episodes often relied on.
The author's introduction mentions a third book, and of course now that I look it up this year, there are even more featuring the character of Ender Wiggin. I'll have to visit my library a bit more often, I think!
6. Christopher Priest, The Prestige
7. Ian Fleming, Casino Royale
More on these in a later post.