October 2015 Round-Up and Raven’s Book of the Month

_DSC0185 (Common Raven)Well wasn’t that just an incredibly frustrating month? Thwarted by an exceptionally busy work month, a heavy reading schedule of fiction,  and my continuing battles with technology- now hopefully fixed by an investment in a new laptop- I only managed to bring you a fairly paltry five reviews. Slapped wrists for me I think. Just glad I managed to squeeze in my blog tours with Luca Veste, David Young, and James Nally on various borrowed devices!

It’s also been a disappointing month with the much-lauded arrival of some new crime dramas on our screens, heralding a sense of extreme dissatisfaction in this feathered one. With a viewing time of one episode for From Darkness (twenty minutes of plot and dialogue punctuated by winsome staring out of a car window, kitchen window, out to sea) , one episode of Unforgotten (predictable fodder), and the heady heights of an episode and a half for River (which was the one I was really looking forward to- Stellan Skarsgard [over]acting weird + ghost) it was all very vexing. Roll on the new series of Luther and the return of The Bridge…

Anyway, on a brighter note, I have a slew of unposted reviews which I will start posting today to try and catch-up, and there’s a few little treats in there for you so keep ’em peeled. Here’s to a more productive November…

Books reviewed this month:

Brian Freeman- Goodbye To The Dead

James Nally- Alone With The Dead

Shawn Kobb- Collection: A Rocket Malone Mystery

David Young- Stasi Child

Antti Tuomainen- Dark As My Heart

Raven’s Book(s) of the Month

StasiChild_firstlook_540Absolutely no contest this month, and a genuinely impossible anttidecision between these two stellar reads! Step forward David Young- Stasi Child, and Antti Tuomainen Dark As My Heart, for two exceptionally compelling reads set in East Berlin and Finland respectively. I can’t choose between you, nor would I want to, so everyone read both! You won’t be disappointed. Promise…

7 thoughts on “October 2015 Round-Up and Raven’s Book of the Month

  1. See, I felt that way about Unforgotten too, but it’s carried on getting better. There’s some great characterisation in it. And I actually really, really loved the first episode of River – though the second was a bit limp.

    1. And we’re not at home to mister limp 😉 Have consoled myself with a boxed set of Fortitude and finally watching The Shadow Line too (about a gazillion years after everyone else)…

  2. Sorry to hear about the month you’ve had. I hope your new computer serves you long and faithfully. And as to TV? Trust me, I know all about the stuff that’s supposed to pass for good viewing….and doesn’t. So disappointing, isn’t it? I hope this month’s better!

  3. It’s been a couple of months from hell for me too so I completely understand the reading but not reviewing dilemma, but pleased to hear that your computer troubles at least are sorted out now. I have continued watching River, but have given up on From Darkness and am not entirely convinced by Unforgotten. Still, got to be better than Lewis, right?

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