Saturday, 25 July 2015

Book Reviews (Part 11)

It's time for another round-up of book reviews...

This week I take a look at a selection of comedy and thriller books...

The Awkward Detective: The Bone Donor
by Wright Forbucks

The Awkward Detective: The Bone Donor by Wright Forbucks - 4.8 / 5.0

The Awkward Detective: The Bone Donor tells the story of Jason Mashburn who falls for Molly Wilson, a girl who suffers from a rare blood disease.  On learning of Molly's condition, Jason decides he is prepared to do whatever it takes to save the girl of his dreams.  However, being a Wright Forbucks novel, there are several clever and unexpected twists along the way.  The ending in particular was very well written, bringing together the various plot threads and answering all of my questions, and also answering a few questions I didn't realise need answered!  Wright Forbucks is one of my favourite authors and this is another highly original and unique tale featuring his dark offbeat sense of humour.

Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night
Edited by James Patterson

Thriller: Stories To Keep you Up All Night by Various Authors - 4.5 / 5.0

Thriller (Stories To Keep You Up All Night) is a compilation of 30 short stories written by some of the top thriller authors in North America.  If you're new to the thriller genre like myself then this book is a great way to discover several excellent new authors to enjoy.  As with all short story compilations the standard of the writing varies slightly, but on the whole the quality is very high and generally fluctuates between very good and excellent.  My own personal favourites included The Face In the Window, Empathy, Disfigured and Dirty Weather, but pretty much all the stories were well written, many with surprise twists which click into place at the perfect moment.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo - 4.7 / 5.0

I was initially drawn to The Snowman after hearing Jo Nesbo described as the next Stieg Larsson, and I would agree this book is similar to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in a number of ways.  Firstly, it does take a while to pick up steam, but to be fair, the story features multiple layers of cleverly woven plot, so it's understandable that a few chapters are required to set everything up.  Once things get going, the plot really kicks into gear and the intrigue keeps you eager to know more.  The conclusion is action-packed, dramatic and wraps up the many plot threads in a very satisfying manner, as well as addressing several minor incidents I hadn't realised were so significant.  All in all, this is a superb book and I'll definitely be reading more by Jo Nesbo.

Yes, Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay - 4.8 / 5.0

Yes, Prime Minister by Joanthan Lynn & Antony Jay
One of the favourite TV shows of my youth was 'Yes, Prime Minister', a sitcom about politicians and civil servants.  This book is the complete collection of those TV episodes, but rather than just print the scripts, the authors have gone to the effort of publishing the episodes in diary form, as if they were written by Jim Hacker (the fictitious Prime Minister of the TV shows and book).  It was a brilliant show and the diary style used for the book does an excellent job of capturing the humour and devious two-faced nature of the characters, and the battle between PM Jim Hacker to introduce his government policies and the civil service who want nothing to ever change.  By no means will this book appeal to all readers, but if you loved the TV show then this book will provide a highly recommended trip down memory lane as it describes the adventures of Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Wooley.

Previous book reviews featured on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog:
Book Reviews (Part 8)
Book Reviews (Part 9)
Book Reviews (Part 10)

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The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
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