WWWednesday 21 March 2018

First proper day of Spring, apparently, so I thought I would take part once more in what is in fact a weekly (but to me more like monthly) meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

A similar meme is run by Lipsyy Lost and Found where bloggers share This Week in Books #TWiB.

Current:

It’s nice to have friends who write crime fiction, as you have a never-ending supply of books that you want to read. I always make a point of reading the blog posts of Margot Kinberg and Rebecca Bradley, who are keen crime readers as well as writers, so it is an absolute pleasure to delve into their recent releases.

Rebecca Bradley: Fighting Monsters

This is the third book (plus a novella) in the crime series set in Nottingham and featuring DI Hannah Robbins and it’s fair to say that, as the book opens, Hannah has been through the mill. A colleague was killed in action (something she still blames herself for), she herself was wounded, her relationship with an attractive journalist has ended… and now it appears she may have a leak in her own team. How else would gang leader and cop killer Simon Talbot walk away freely and triumphantly after his trial, and in possession of the name of the witness who spoke out against him?

Margot Kinberg: Downfall

This is the fourth novel featuring ex-cop turned professor of criminal justice Joel Williams. In this book Joel is conducting some research with two friends of his into alternatives to prison for young offenders and come across the organisation Second Chance. In one of their schools a young boy died after sneaking out and climbing up a building on a construction site. But if it was merely an unfortunate accident, why is everyone trying so hard to cover it up?

Just read:

Two rather emotional but very different reads, one slim and concise, taking place over the course of one night, one long and rangey, taking place over several decades and countries.

Hanne Ørstavik: Love, transl. Martin Aitken

The story of a single mother and her young son, both of them dreamers, both of them slightly naive and wanting to believe the best of people, both of them doomed to be forever disappointed. Over the course of one cold night, they roam around town, and your sense of foreboding gets worse and worse. A book that broke my heart a little.

Victor Del Arbol: A Million Drops, transl. Lisa Dillman

It’s being marketed as a crime novel, but it is more of a historical saga of betrayal and revenge, Fascism and Communism, in both Spain and the Soviet Union, as seen through the eyes of individuals who lived through those troubled times. The atrocious conditions of Nazino Island in Siberia were so vividly described that I thought it must be fiction, only to discover that this place really did exist.

Next:

I’ll be going to two countries I like very much (despite their -very different – problems) with my next two books: South Africa and Germany.

Karin Brynard: Weeping Waters, transl. Maya Fowler and Isabel Dixon

A young artist and her adopted daughter are brutally murdered on a farm near the Kalahari. But was this just a typical farm attack, or was it something more personal? Townie Inspector Beeslaar has his hands full trying to get his head around this landscape with its tensions, secrets and hostilities.

Ödön von Horváth: Jugend ohne Gott

I so enjoyed rediscovering Horváth in the German section of the library, that I already have my eye on reading another book by him, this time a novel about a teacher who watches, horrified, as his students become enamoured with racist and Fascist ideology.

Oh, dear, all the subjects seem rather grim as I write them up here. Clearly I’m not much of a believer in uplifting, feel-good literature, right?

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10 thoughts on “WWWednesday 21 March 2018”

  1. I am currently reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan which is a fine read. And prior to that, I read Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie, excellent.

    I am taking a break from crime fiction for awhile, need less violent fare. Next on the agenda I plan on reading An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones.

    Then I’ll return to mysteries, but I’m trying to vary my reading. Too many murders get a bit too dreary. If I keep it up, I’ll be reading about talking dogs to balance out the moods.

    1. I have periods when all the gloomy murderous reading gets too much, you are absolutely right. At other times, it feels relaxing compared to what is going on in the world – and at least you always find the perpetrator at the end.

  2. Currently reading – The Golovlevs by Saltykov-Shchedrin (it’s taking a while…)
    Just finished – Too Loud a Solitide by Bohumil Hrabal
    Next up – who knows? One of several review books on the pile, I think….. :)))

  3. Thanks very much, Marina Sofia – that means a lot to me. And I’m glad you have Rebecca’s new book, too. She does have talent. The Brynard looks very good – I like reading about South Africa – so I”ll be especially interested in what you think of that one.

  4. I also read Margot’s blog with pleasure and am looking forward to reading her books. I haven’t come across Rebecca Bradley’s books before – more to seek out!

  5. I like the sound of A Million Drops – will you be doing a full review? And of course I’m shuffling things round to make a space for Margot’s book too… 😀

  6. Did you read Go Went Gone. I read a review, can’t remember where. Two friends just read it who’ve been to Germany several times. They thought it was terrific. I found it at the library, put it on reserve.

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