Monthly Round-up: November 2015

November is hectic every year. Due to many random events and much introspection, I spent more time writing than reading. I’m pleased with the amount of writing I accomplished, but I don’t have much to offer by way of reviews.

Of the books I set aside for November, the only one I’m excited to blog about is Crime and Punishment (which wasn’t even on the “official” list). I’m a good bit through, but still haven’t finished. My Kindle version proved quirky (advancing more than one page at a time) so I purchased a paper copy a couple days ago.

Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings has moments of fine writing, but I’m at a loss as to how/why it won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. James writes in a unique voice, but this doesn’t seem enough for so much praise. The first couple pages were brilliant, but quickly fell into a litany of murders, rapes, and murders preceded by rape. Writing a review will take a while because I don’t want to slam it too hard, but I’m not about to recommend it.

I’ve given some thought to December reading (A Christmas Carol, and so on), but then I ran across some great crime fiction… It may not be the cheeriest thing for the holiday season, but I’m excited to curl up with it on the couch nonetheless.

Happy Winter!

4 thoughts on “Monthly Round-up: November 2015

  1. A Christmas Carol is the perfect short story! I look forward to your thoughts on Crime and punishment, I agree with you to a certain extent about A brief history…it tailed off for me too but I found it kept me with it until round about page 500, it got repetitive after that.

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