By the way, we got a new cat today. Post coming.
Valley of Genius, the Uncensored History of Silicon Valley by Adam Fisher – non-fiction. I’m always interested in books about the early days of the computer industry and of silicon valley, so this was a natural selection for me. The format is unusual: the book consists entirely of quotes from the various persons involved, arranged to tell the story as it develops. This took a good deal of getting used to, as there was no read-it-through narrative, as such. But what is said is interesting and I found myself reading right through it. Some parts were a little repetitive, which is to be expected in this format. For those interested in the hardware and software developments of this place and time.
The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz – mystery (1977). I guess I’d call this a semi-golden age-like mystery, with many of the elements we’d see in a classic novel of detection. However the characters differ from what me might find in Sayers or Christie. That’s fine with me.
Firstly, we have a novel inside a novel. At the beginning is an editor for a publishing house telling us the book she has just settled down to read in manuscript changed her life. Before we can go further with that plot line, we are presented with the book itself.
It’s has Poirot-like character attempting to solve a murder, and it’s quite well done. I liked it. But before that book concludes, we are pulled out of it when the editor tell us the last chapters are missing. The rest of the novel then follows the editor and she tries to find the missing chapters, presenting another mystery to be solved.
An intriguing format, and yes, we do get the final chapters, finally. Worth reading.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?