The postman brought me a lovely haul of books today, including some additional copies of OLD DOGS so I am afraid that Rob, Dorte and Norm will have to suffer as a consequence. If you would like to e-mail me your addresses I will get a copy sent out to you. If you don't e-mail me your addresses, I shall send you two copies.
And now, back to some old news (since I have not yet caught up).
Ian Rankin duped by indie rock musician. And also ranked number one by library goers.
A most excellent review in the New York Journal of Books for Allan Guthrie's HARD MAN. The Toronto Star reviews Denise Mina's STILL MIDNIGHT. While The Scotsman reviews Aly Monroe's WASHINGTON SHADOW.
Part 2 of the Alexander McCall Smith Christmas story. And part 3. (Did I say I haven't caught up yet?)
If you're in Edinburgh on 21st January, why not go to the launch of LOSS - the third in the wonderful Gus Dury series, by Tony Black.
And finally, from the Guardian, an article on reading and relationships. Ewan and I have different tastes in books. I like crime fiction, he likes books where not a lot happens. However there are books where our tastes cross. He's introduced me to some of his favourites - such as Magnus Mills' RESTRAINT OF BEASTS - and I've introduced him to some of mine - most notably Daniel Woodrell's WINTER'S BONE and Donald Ray Pollock's KNOCKEMSTIFF - and they are all now favourites of both of us. I'm glad that, like me, he's a big reader, but we don't need to share each others' tastes (although it's lovely when we can find a book that we both enthuse over. Having said that, it's also great to read a book that we have completely differing opinions on.) I am more likely to enjoy something he likes, than he is something I like. Not sure what that says :o)
Ewan also shares something with my mum - he's not keen on my stuff. I offered him a copy of OLD DOGS and he just looked at me in horror. "Why don't you give it to someone who would really appreciate it" he said, kindly.
So what about you, dear readers? How do your reading relationships fare?