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Nechama Brodie

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Perfect plane reading

I had the privilege of catching an unaccompanied flight (i.e. no kids) to Cape Town – first time in years – and I bought two books: a thriller by Mary Higgins Clark (I cannot remember the name. It is about a boy/man who disappears, but who calls his mom every year on mother’s day to say that he is fine); and Freakonomics, by Steven and Stephen (can’t remember the surnames without having to Google them).
No prizes for guessing which book was better – Freakonomics may just change the way I think about the world.
But Mary Higgins Clark, as always, filled the two hour flight almost perfectly (okay, I am a fast reader) and was perfectly engaging for an average domestic route. Of course, I would have preferred a Jeffrey Deaver or Michael Connelly but I’m already more than impressed by their current rate of production (a new book more than every 12 months) and have no desire to dilute their excellence.
In Cape Town, I popped into the very lovely second-hand bookshop in Observatory, and was pleasantly surprised not only by the selection but by the prices… my local second-hand stores charge double or more for similar works! My husband picked up a Bruce Chatwin and I grabbed a good looking anthology of Nebula or Hugo Award winning short stories, and a second copy of Frank Herbert’s fantastic short read, The Godmakers (to replace my copy which is falling to pieces).
Back at the airport, the Exclusive Books yielded a new Ian Rankin (hooray) and Mark Giminez (double hooray – the most brilliant new writer on the crime scene), and I tottered back onto the plane happily overloaded with paperbacks. I’m not sure that a Kindle could ever quite take their place.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    April 7th, 2009 @07:50 #

    I also love Deaver and Connelly, and am waiting with an almost superstitious dread for their quality to start diminishing. Incredible how they keep up that rate of output.


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