I have recently had a clear out of some of my books, I was planning on keeping my collection down until I have more room for bookshelves. Apparently that didn’t last long though, at least not when I end up in Waterstones! One of these books has been in my to buy list since it was first published in hardback though so that’s ok to get right?
I did also end up getting a couple of lots of manga from eBay. I have a few manga series that I’m part way through that I started ages ago, if you’re into manga or anime you will realise how long ago this was when you see which ones they are, and I found people selling them in sets on eBay for a decent price. Buying the few individual ones for one of the series could get expensive but I do want to finish them as they are some of my favourite manga and anime series of all time.
The Killing of Polly Carter is the second book by Robert Thorogood and the second of the series of books based on the BBC detective series Death in Paradise. If you’ve seen the Tv show before you’ll be familiar with the characters, it’s based on the original group, and the setting in the Caribbean with the fictional island of St Marie. If you haven’t it has the feel of a modern day Agatha Christie set in a hot country with the same gentle style and unexpected twists in the story before the murderer is exposed at the end in a very Poirot-esque way by gathering all of the suspects together and going through them one by one.
My detective book summer has continued with another crime novel from Agatha Christie, though this time not a Poirot mystery. Why Didn’t they Ask Evans? Is about Bobby Jones, who witnesses someone die, though he is unaware at the time it’s a murder as he thinks he fell off a cliff, but as it’s an Agatha Christie it couldn’t be that simple. It is set in the early twentieth century, I can’t remember a date being mentioned but as it was originally written in 1934 I would assume around then, and is a quiet country setting as with a lot of her books, that hides a story of murder with twists and turns.
This book has been sat in my parents bookshelf so I thought, having enjoyed the other Agatha Christies I’ve read recently, I’d give it a go. It was adapted into a Miss Marple story fairly recently for TV so it may be familiar if you watch the ITV dramas but it’s not originally one of that series. I have to say I didn’t remember the storyline from the TV series so it was like reading it without any previous knowledge which was a bit of a change from the others.
I have a few QI books and they’re good books to pick up and read a bit or to learn some unusual facts about whatever topic is in the book. This one has various chapters with themes about people in history. Most of them are famous, I’d heard of a lot of them, but then there are some that are more obscure and you’re not likely to need to know about them at any point in your life apart from maybe a pub quiz or to throw into a conversation.
This edition is in paperback, I have never seen the hardback version but apparently it was released a year earlier. This paperback version is one I bought on eBay as part of a lot of QI books and probably cost around £1 if I worked it out but it’s one I’ve seen in second hand book stores, though QI books in general seem to be appearing in charity or second hand stores less recently that I’ve seen.
Title: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance
Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Year written: 2009
Publisher and year: Faber and Faber, 2009
ISBN Number: 0-571-24692-2
I don’t know how popular QI is in other countries but in the UK it’s a popular TV show hosted by Stephen Fry (until the next series) with Alan Davies and other guests who answer questions about pretty much anything as long as it’s quite interesting. It’s pretty much a show full of questions that you think you know the answer to but normally the answer you think is right is wrong. The Book of General Ignorance (first published in 2006) is a book full of answers to these kinds of questions, quite a few of them taken straight from the show directly.
This Noticeably Stouter version of the Book of General Ignorance includes more of these questions, a different cover and a list of the episodes to the date of publication (the F series in the alphabet) but most of it is the same content. I bought it as part of a big lot of QI books on eBay so it probably cost be around £1 or less given the overall price and number of books and it’s one I’ve seen in second hand and charity shops a few times, both versions. It’s a sort of pick up and put down book or a coffee table book that’s a bit different and you can open any page at random and read something rather than having to read it in order.
As I have both of the versions of this book I’m going to review the newer one to start with and then do a bit of a comparison as there are definitely plusses for both versions over the other and then you can see them side by side.