Here’s the summary book log for June. Full entries can be found using the book log tag at my Dreamwidth or Livejournal, or at my book blog on WordPress. And they are, of course, posted to LibraryThing.
58) Jonathan Swift — Gulliver’s Travels
Or to give it its full and proper title, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships. Logged June 11.
Free public domain ebook at Feedbooks
59) Christopher Wakling — The Devil’s Mask
Note – I received a free review copy through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme.
A page-turner that brings to life the physical and moral price paid for the profits of the slave trade, even after abolition. Reviewed June 12.
hardcover at Amazon UK
Kindle at Amazon UK
paperback at Amazon UK (release date March 2012)
60) Alexander McCall Smith — The Tears of the Giraffe
Second of the series about Precious Ramotswe, the No.1 and indeed only lady detective in Botswana. A gentle, heartwarming book that blends entertaining detective stories with wonderful characterisation and sense of place. Logged July 9.
61) Ben Macallan — Desdaemona
A welcome return to dark urban fantasy for Chaz Brenchley, writing under the name of Ben Macallan. It’s often very funny, and sometimes terrifying, and occasionally heartbreaking; all the more so because it shows how the monsters can be only too human. Reviewed July 10.
First chapter as free sample at Book View Cafe
Desdaemona paperback at Amazon UK
Desdaemona Kindle edition at Amazon UK
62) Reginald Hill — Ruling Passion
Third of the Dalziel and Pascoe books. This is a superb study of a policeman struggling and frequently failing to retain his professional detachment in the face of a crime that strikes only too close to home. Logged July 16.
63) Gareth Roberts — Doctor Who: Only HUman
Fifth of the New Who novels, with Nine, Rose, and Captain Jack. A Neanderthal turns up in 21st century Bromley, and the Tardis crew turn up to investigate why someone is using a particularly primitive, and stupid, method of time travel in the area. Logged July 16.
64) WJ Burley — Wycliffe: Death In A Salubrious Place [audiobook]
Abridged audiobook on 3 CDs of the fourth book in the Wycliffe series. Logged July 12.
65) Ian Rankin — Watchman
An early one from Rankin, a standalone spy novel written between writing the first and second Rebus novels. Probably not a keeper for me, but I’m glad to have read it. Logged July 12.