But I am slightly more than over committed at the moment, as I’ve started a new contract covering a friend’s maternity leave and I have a couple of projects of my own to finish off, plus I have the novel writing course, which seems to be going well, although I’m not really getting the writing time I would like.
Of course I haven’t stopped reading, I used my time off in September to almost complete the great Agatha Christie re-read – officially there are couple of collections of short stories to go, which I will read over the Christmas break. All I will say is that this has opened up my eyes to just how much ITV is mangling the Miss Marple adaptations, don’t watch them and stick with the BBC versions with Joan Hickson as these are nigh on perfect.
One of the books I’ve read is the new Phil Rickman, To Dream of the Dead. If you haven’t read any of Rickman’s Merrily Watson series of books, do, the cast of characters is superb – Merrily is a vicar in a village on the Welsh/English border, and she’s also the local exorcist. The books are dark, but full of local colour and wisdom and tackle current concerns as well as the echoes of the past – this latest books covers Christian fundamentalism, atheism, floods, archeology, local politics and drugs as they all impact on the murder of a local councillor.
Before I leave you with that recommendation, I believe that I may owe Jeff Housewife an apology. Back in August I posted a review of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, which may have exposed Jeff to some teasing from his parents for his choices in fiction. Encouraged by my friend the book pusher (so called because I tend to leave her house with carrier bags of books) I’ve now read New Moon and have to say that its a far more sophisticated book than its predecessor as it explores teenager relationships – OK with vampires and werewolves thrown in for good measure.