Reading my weight in books update
Monday 26th May 2008 5:38 pm
Made of Steel by Terrance Dicks
This was free with SFX and took me about five minutes to read. Well, I exaggerate, but not by much. It's not terribly exciting, but not that bad either, given some of the Doctor Who books that I've struggled to get through.
Doctor Who Short Trips: Defining Patterns
This was the book that the competition to write how the Doctor changed my life was for and it shows. Half of the stories are the Seventh Doctor, which I certainly wouldn't complain about. And I didn't, until it got really samey. A lot of the stories are told from the point of view of an OC and while that's good and refreshing for a change, the opposite can be said of this book. The Harry story was the best in there, and some of the others were quite good too, but overall most of the stories were totally missable.
Out of the Dolls House by Angela Holdsworth
This was written in the 80s about the role of women in the 20th century. It's really interesting. There's stuff in there about how attitudes changed to their work, politics, fashion, sex, and all sorts of other things. It's amazing how far we've come in 100 years and how much of what has changed is recent.
All-of-a-Kind-Family by Sydney Taylor
I enjoyed this, but it has something in it you never get in children's books in this country: the family are Jewish. So it was really weird to read. Other than that it was a typical poor family who were nevertheless good at heart.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
This was another American book with something you'd never get in children's stories over here: there are Native American Indians living nearby (although confusingly, they're just called Indians). It's so strange to read about this family living on the frontier where no white people have lived before, which I just can't imagine.
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Another American family who are poor but good hearted. You can't really go wrong with those really.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
This is the first book of Neil Gaiman's I've read. I enjoyed the film, so I thought this would be a good book to try. I was right, but I was glad Neil Gaiman told me the book and film are AUs of each other. They have the same basic plot, but a lot of the rest is different. But I enjoyed both the book and the film.
First Term at Trebizon by Anne Digby
This is actually a typical old fashioned boarding school story. It was all right, but there are only s many I can take, especially when I got used to Chalet School, which is so much richer.
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I recommend reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for a different view of London
I've seen the TV series, so it's been on my list of things to read for years.