What’s new this week-18th April

Until my new website goes live,hopefully in the not too distant future,I shall be highlighting new books in a weekly blog and this is the first.

Before I do that however it would be remiss of me not to let you know that Amazon has a Kindle e-book sale. The prices are pretty enticing, most books are only a pound or a little more. The quality is a bit variable but there are several books from the terrific Peter Carey and in amongst the names that were new to me I can recommend:

Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White (the tv adaptation of which currently enjoying good reviews)
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe (a splendid Roman adventure from my childhood just out in the cinemas)
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ from Philip Pullman
William Boyd’s Ordinary Thunderstorms (which I am annoyed to have bought on audio book but not yet read)

There are about 20 pages so it’s worth a good look.

Amazon’s Spring Spectacular

Okay, turning to new books, hands up if you have started Infinite Jest by the late David Foster Wallace. Okay hands down if you didn’t finish it. Thought so. Still, if you enjoyed it (or parts of it as I did) his final book The Pale King may be worth a look. It’s a typical Foster Wallace effort, long sentences, incredibly detailed explanations of the activities of an Inland Revenue office, and not much in the way of plot or an ending. The Pale King

I like the look of The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith. The plot features a crashed passenger jet that reassembles itself, the mysterious Directorate of the Extremely Improbable and a man on a mission to get his girlfriend to marry him. Not for those with no sense of the ridiculous but a delight for the rest of us.

Another first novel that’s worth a look is Girl Reading by Katie Ward. It’s essentially seven different stories linked by a portrait of a woman. Doesn’t sound much good does it? But the execution is first class and the voices are well differentiated and powerful.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the latest Wilbur Smith. It features a spoilt heiress kidnapped by Somalian pirates, a daring rescue by security expert Hector Cross, betrayal by a trusted colleague and a loathsome villain. There are some spectacular set pieces some of which at the end are not for the faint-hearted. Unmissable.

My final choice in fiction is Skippy Dies by Paul Murray out now in paperback. It’s set in a Dublin school and features a dazzling array of themes from string theory, young love, role playing computer games and a revealing visit to a girls’ school dormitory.

My non fiction pick is Money and Power by William D Cohan. It’s a look at financial giant Goldman Sachs, its methods of operating and generating profits, not to mention the tensions this crates when its trading activities are at odds with the advice it gives its clients.

See you next week. Comments as always very welcome.

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About Nick Poole

Nick Poole is a retired solicitor, happily married and the proud owner of a stubborn golden retriever. He spends his time blogging and working on his book site www.seekabook.com
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