Best Books of 2004
rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Sun Jan 2 08:22:51 EST 2005
> _The Oracle_ was finally published here as _The Oracle Betrayed_, and
> all that talk about it, I snatched it up when I saw it in the store.
> _Mortal Engines_, but that's another tale.) Hallie, have I mentioned that
> you're probably the person I depend most heavily on for books that I know
> will love? I loved the world, I loved the story, and I went and ordered
> _The Archon_ from Amazon.uk rather than wait any longer.
Ditto re Hallie's recommendations! (I loved the Catherine Fishers also,
> **Best New Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall
> "New series" in this case does not mean that the series is new, but that
> I've begun reading it for the first time this year. I picked up the first
> book in this series for a dollar at the thrift store because it was in
> shape and because the title intrigued me. Despite the "detective" in the
> title, this is not a mystery series. Precious Ramotswe used her
> from her father to set up a detective agency in her homeland of Botswana.
> She's a smart and observant lady and is really good at what she does. The
> books are very low-key, not fast paced, and part of the beauty of them is
> the descriptions of Africa and its many different people. Titles in the
> series are:
> The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
> Tears of the Giraffe
> Morality for Beautiful Girls
> The Kalahari Typing School for Men
> The Full Cupboard of Life
I've enjoyed these books also, except that I haven't yet read the last two.
I wasn't overly impressed by the first book--I thought it was charming but
not worth the hype it seems to have been given, at any--but the second
really impressed me. There's now another book in the series also, that's
recently come out here: _The Company of Cheerful Ladies_. And the author--a
Scottish doctor who has somehow managed to capture the voice and world-view
of a Botswanan (is that the right word?) woman--has just had published the
first book in a new series (set in Britain, I think) called _The Sunday
Philosophy Club_, which I haven't read yet.
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