Reading - March 2017

Guitarist (March 2017 / Issue 417)
The Week (4 March 2017 / Issue 1114)
Guitar & Bass (April 2017 / Vol 28 No 07)
Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
I read this often - at least, I thought so, but I can't find any note of this for the last several years, so maybe this is the first time in a while. For something now over two hundred years old, it is still a wonderfully easy read and an absorbing story. And I do like a happy ending.
The Week (11 March 2017 / Issue 1115)
The Week (18 March 2017 / Issue 1116)
The Week (25 March 2017 / Issue 1117)
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)
A twentieth century classic for good reason. I've been reading it to Z for the last few months and although it took him a while to get into it, by the end he could hardly wait to find out what happened. The fact that it's fifty years old does throw up some dated aspects, but not as many as expected.
Different Seasons by Stephen King (1982)
I got this collection of four novellas from the library specifically to read Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redepemption, the source of the film. The film follows it closely, so there's nothing new in it and I think the film is more powerful (although this may of course be because that's what I saw first). The other stories - two of which have also been turned into films - don't really appeal. King is a superb story-teller of course, but mostly he tells stories I don't want to know about - they're too unpleasant. I found myself being drawn into the next story, Apt Pupil (also filmed) but peeked at the end and decided I didn't want to read it, so I left the book there.
Guitarist (April 2017 / Issue 318)

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