Wednesday, 16 July 2008


20.Read & list 50 progress 13/50

It's not that I have been slowing down on my reading, just that I have not listed them here lately. My reading material has really varied and I'm running short of things to read having caught up with all the books I had stacked by my bedside. An excuse to shop, me thinks?

The last book I read was 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh and is the sequel to his highly successful 'Trainspotting' (made into a movie starring Ewan MacGregor). Written in broad slang Edinburgh dialect, it follows the same characters eight years after Trainspotting. Its a gritty,crude and sometimes shocking tale of drugs, porn,deceit and violence. What makes it come to life for me is that I've lived in Edinburgh, been to many of the pubs and clubs mentioned and met people not unlike Welsh's characters. It's not glamourous but if you have spent any time in Leith you'll realise its not gratuitous either.

'The Rottweiller' by crime writer Ruth Rendell. All I will say is I liked it whilst reading but the ending was a bit flat. Not that memorable.

'Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins' by Rupert Everett was a great read, one really liked and was almost disappointed at the end because I enjoyed it so much I wanted it to go on. This actors biography was full of names, places and incidents but it didnt feel self centred like so many of the celeb biographies are. I enjoyed his stories from the time he lived in Paris and his unashamed admittance of his own naivity.