Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Jo Nesbo: Headhunters

I'm a big fan of the Harry Hole books so was curious about a standalone Nesbo novel, especially after the film of the book garnered so many good reviews. Well, folks, Headhunters is a letdown.

All the elements of a Nesbo are there - there are some good characters, some good ideas, a couple of very good scenes but the whole is unconvincing and downright clumsy at times.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Penguin Little Black Classics

Someone at Penguin is on the ball - there's a new set of books out on the 26th February, the Little Black Classics - 80 small volumes at 80p, marking Penguin's 80th anniversary.

Skimming the list via the elegant Little Black Classics website, I see a good number that I don't already own and will definitely be grabbing. I have a fair number of the Penguin 60s set, much thumbed over the years on gloom-ridden train and bus rides (I do hate commuting and these are so easy to slip into a pocket).

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Penguin Drop Caps Set: N-Z

Yesterday, I wrote about the first half of the Penguin Drop Caps collection: here's the second tranche of thirteen books.

If you haven't yet seen the Drop Caps collection, it's an A-Z of 26 books in hardback, with covers designed by Jessica Hische and Paul Buckley.

First half of the collection, A-M, reviewed here.