Well actually, I have been back for the past week but I’ve been so busy catching up at work I can’t believe it’s already the weekend. I didn’t read as much as planned, it was more tiring playing with a three year old than I expected and I was only interested in sleep by the time I went to bed!
The first thing I read when I got back was World War Z by Max Brooks. I did start it before going to WA, but I started from the beginning again as I had really enjoyed what I read prior to leaving and I wanted to ‘refresh’. For a Zombie novel it was very intelligently written, fun and thought provoking. It could have been a documentary on any war in history, the story is the same – the fight for survival and the inability of governments to act.
For book club our group read is The Light Keeper’s Wife by Karen Viggers. I was hoping it would be better than it was. Set in Tasmania/Bruny Island it piqued my interest as I’m heading there over the Christmas break, but it was pretty awful. It was morose and boring, and the character Tom (who I suppose Viggers was trying to write as a new age sensitive guy) was just wimpy and pathetic and more like a female character.
I’ve now started The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, and although I'm only a few pages into it I really like it. Frank, the narrator is a 17 year old boy but he’s really twisted. His brother Eric also has problems and has been locked up in a mental institution from which he has escaped. Frank reminds me a little of John Egan from M J Hyland’s Carry Me Down but he is far more troubled and twisted. I worried about John Egan, but I don’t think I’ll be worrying about Frank Cauldhame.