solly?

Breakfast At Tiffanys

Truman Capote

Breakfast At TiffanysCapote’s novella is famously the basis of a much sanitised hollywood film version. In this, the original work, it’s pretty blatant that Holly is a hooker of sorts and she’s portrayed as even more of a creature of impulse and criminal tendencies that she is in the film.
I got the impression that Holly was something almost feral yet so glamorous that the narrator loved her from a distance in his way but never really understood her.
Not my usual kind of thing but it’s a pretty good read and is definitely worth seeking out if you’ve only ever seen the film version of these particular characters.

 

Rating: B

rhino?

The Salmon of Doubt

Douglas Adams

The Salmon of DoubtThis posthumous cash in contains random articles, essays, speeches and letters written by Adams before he died as well as a hitchhiker’s based short story and the chunk of a Dirk Gently book that never was that gives this volume a title.
No single part of this book is worth buying it for, but as a whole it is a nice reminder of who Douglas Adams was, what he stood for and the work he was capable of.
I bought this book not long after it made paperback for less than half price in a supermarket. I don’t know I would have bothered if it wasn’t so cheap. That I only just got round to reading it speaks volumes as far as I’m concerned.
My recommendation, unless you’re a Hitchhiker’s nut, is that you don’t buy this for less than a bargain price.

Rating: C

puzzle box?

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days

Alastair Reynolds

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise DaysThis book is made up of the novellas that comprise the title. Both take place within the Revelation Space universe and shed light on various aspects of Reynolds’ creation that aren’t discussed elsewhere.
Diamond Dogs is about a group of adventurers who attempt to solve the puzzle of an alien artifact known as the Blood Spire. Nothing new here, in fact many of it’s ideas are cribs from other better realized works.
Turquoise Days is the more interesting of the two pieces, but still nothing remarkable. This one is set on an isolationist Pattern Juggler planet and follows a researcher called Naqi as she deals with the legacy of the Jugglers and the implications of the arrival of off planet visitors. It’s too short to deliver on it’s promise.
I’d only recommend this to someone who has become hooked on Reynolds’ universe and wants to know more. Outside of that context these are pretty forgettable little pieces

Rating: C