Monday, 29 September 2003

The fifth elephant

Listening to:

Duke Ellington, Back to back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges play the blues.

Just read:

Terry Pratchett, The fifth elephant.

Another “book-on-the-plane”, this is an enjoyable Discworld novel featuring the City Watch characters, Vimes, Carrot, Angua, Detritus and Cheery. Rather than Ankh-Morpork though, most of the action happens in the distant country of Uberwald, a land of vampires, werewolves, and dwarves. There's a bit of political intrigue and a bit of detective work, but quite a bit of the story has to do with adventures in the wild, and straight-forward (i.e., violent) conflict. A good read.

To review next:

Iain M. Banks, Inversions. I realised after writing my last entry that I do have another “travel author”, and that’s Patrick O’Brian. I think I have seven more of his novels to read, but then that’s it because he’s dead.

Having spent quite a bit of time doing cryptic crosswords recently, I thought I’d share my all-time favourite clue:

Delighted by interference from Brussels (8)

I haven’t looked up Use of Weapons yet, but will, I promise.