VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, Jennifer Egan: this one gets a lot of points, because it hits several of my triggers. a) it is a linked story set, a (format? medium?) i love; b) it makes me want to listen to music and introduces me to some new bands, which as a perpetual musical n00b i always appreciate; c) it contains experimental writing that actually WORKS, as opposed to just being experimental for the sake of experiment. in summation: I ADORE THIS BOOK.
CURSE OF THE WOLF GIRL, Martin Millar: got its own series of posts, so nuff said there.
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, John Le Carre: not a whole lot to say for fear of giving away plot points. suffice to say i haven’t read Le Carre before, but will be certain to revisit his backlist now. in partic, CONSTANT GARDENER, which is a movie that rocked my socks off.
THE VAULTS, Toby Ball: well now! this one impressed me a lot, and i don’t typically read mysteries. i am such a speed reader and such a mystery naïf that i almost never see it (whatever it is) coming, so i won’t comment on the mystery itself. what i loved most about this book was that the plot revolved around one incredibly unlikely hero, an archivist named Puskis, who is more obsessed with patterns and information than with justice. the other characters, mostly rough-and-ready types, have their moments, but it was Puskis who stole the show for me. and the ending! very nice, very nice indeed. gritty, noir, but with nice touches of humanity.