30/04/2014

Reading - April 2014

Guitarist (May 2014 / Issue 380)
Fugitive From The Cubicle Police by Scott Adams (1996)
As far as I can tell this is just all of the Dilbert strips from late '93 to early '95, packaged up in a book, and so as hit-and-miss as the strip itself. When Adams hits the nail on the head, it encapsulates the corporate experience perfectly. Sometimes it's just a little dull though.
Michael Schumacher: The Edge Of Greatness by James Allen (2007)
Released to capitalise on Schumacher's first retirement and hence not including his later stint at Mercedes. A balanced view on his controversial career and the man himself.
The Secret History Of Entertainment by David Hepworth (2004)
Not at all what I was expecting. Despite the grandiose title, this slim volume is a mildly diverting collection of showbiz factoids; reading for the littlest room. I think David Hepworth has a better book in him than this.
The Week (5 April 2014 / Issue 965)
The Week (12 April 2014 / Issue 966)
Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre (2013)
Average Brookmyre (which is to say, still good), average SF.
The Week (19 April 2014 / Issue 967)
The Runaway Actress by Victoria Connelly (2012)
Pleasant, boilerplate chick-lit. Nice enough plot but not enough romance and a small twist that was telegraphed way ahead.
The Week (26 April 2014 / Issue 968)
Drive On by L.J.K. Setright (2002)
Informative but ludicrously opinionated and far too pleased with itself.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)
Highly enjoyable but a little shallow. Retro themes good fun.

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