Solar by Ian McEwan

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Last Sunday I finished Solar by Ian McEwan. I bought it because I'd read that there was an anthropologist character in it who 'brings down' the main character, Michael Beard. This wasn't quite correct. The anthropologist was a minor character and she didn't bring about Michael's ultimate undoing. Solar is a great story of an oversized ego, climate change and murder.

In addition to Black Mirror, I'm also reading The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. The Quickie is a vapid 'thriller', most unbelievable. The main character, Lauren, has an anoying habit of telling the reader her strong opinions about something, only to then say the complete opposite. It's supposed to make her seem vulnerable, but her character would be strengthened if she just stuck to her opinions. I find it hard to believe that a homicide cop would work so hard to cover up a murder and get away with it. Things fall in her favour a little too neatly. None the less it's an easy, quick read. James Patterson can always keep you turning the pages no matter how much his characters annoy you.

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