Saturday, March 22, 2014

One Shot, by Lee Childs

This is the ninth Jack Reacher book, and is up to Lee Childs' usual standards.  I enjoyed it as I have done all of his books up to now, and expect to carry on the same.  You could almost describe them as ripping yarns, in a way.

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

I finished this one about a week ago, but haven't caught up here since then.

It is a fascinating book, the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland.  It is interesting not only because of her story, but for the glimpses of life in Iceland in the late 1820s, which is so far removed from my own experience that I can't really begin to imagine what it must have been like.

Agnes has been convicted of murdering two men, and condemned to death by beheading.  Until sentence is carried out, she is sent to live with the family of District Officer Jon Jonsson on their farm, and the book tells of their lives until her sentence is carried out.

I liked this book very much.  

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Enemy - Lee Child

This book is set during Reacher's MP days, when he was a member of the elite MP group who could investigate anybody at all in the military.  And that's just what he did in this one, starting with the mysterious death of a general from the armoured corps.

I enjoy the Reacher books, and this one was right up to par.  I like the reasoning and the way the story unfolds, even though sometimes I want to yell 'Don't do it!' because it's going to lead to all sorts of complications.  However, Reacher sorts it all out.