What is a woman to do when all she can do is lie around on the sofa all day?
Read books. Read books on the internet. Read blogs. Make comments. Watch the odd few live progs on BBC iPlayer, and catch the rest later. I’m really surprised we can even get this, seeing as ITV won’t let us watch their progs. Oh and look at the frontier queue.
So, first, a couple of books.
Goodbye Mickey Mouse by Len Deighton
I like Len Deighton. I especially like his spy tales, but the war ones are good too.
This book was clever. The prologue had me puzzled, I’m not a fan of prologues (see more below) and only at the end did it make sense. But, once I’d reached the end, it made for a well-crafted novel.
The plot is typical war story plot. Love, death, fighting, sadness, survival. In this case the heroes are American Air Force stationed in Norfolk. As well as the artificiality of the prologue/epilogue, each chapter had the name of a character in the book, often more than once. I’m not sure whether this worked. Inevitably, each chapter wasn’t about just one character, nor did they even have the most impact in ‘their’ chapter. As with Prologues and Epilogues, chapter titles need to be well thought out to work. I thought it was a good idea, but I’d probably need to read it again to decide if it really worked or not.