Book review RJ Ellory – Bad Signs
Second book in the book club series was Bad Signs by RJ Ellory. I have finished it in three days, several months ago (not exactly sure when – past is a blur for me).
I couldn’t put it down and it was getting worse towards the end when my e-reader melted into my palms and I ungracefully grazed my knees because I was reading while walking.
Funny thing is, that there was a parallel experience with the first book in the book club series (book no. 1). I was familiar with RJ Ellory through the Quiet beliefs in Angels. I didn’t like it that much but it had nothing to do with the writing. I am not big on the crime genre and find suspense too disturbing; it feels too real – something that could actually happen. I skimmed through the pages after reading the first two chapters and then read the last one. So, you see it was all my fault not liking the book and my inability to brave the story.
This time I have decided I will read the book, the way books are meant to be read, from start to the finish. There were some rather dark events happening though I felt that the tone of the book was quite light. I wasn’t scared reading it. I loved the characters and the way how each of them were introduced to the story, no matter how long they stayed being a part of the story. The story was engaging, the pace and gradual intensity of the writing addictive and if you are thinking to dip your toes in crime reading, this is the novel to start with.
Just to get it out there, I do not watch horror films. I know people who love them and they love getting scared (in safe environment of the cinema or their homes). I hate being scared and as this is my personal list of things I cannot stand, gruesome grossness on TV screens is on it. Especially as gruesome stuff is allowed while boobs and willies are a taboo.
In connection to the male and female parts – don’t we think that they should have the opportunity to be presented in equal measures?
Hence my other issue for G is gender inequality.
I am many things – passionate, excited about new opportunities, I have mildly addictive personality and I love to face new challenges. I embrace these traits, and I very often get lost in them. I also have rather short span of attention and where my passion raises to heavens at faster-than-light speed, it crashes even faster back to the ground. One thing I am definitely not is being consistent.
I have been very tightly embracing my inner athlete past few months. I am not letting go of her just yet. I have run over 500 km, conquered 100km path along the Grand Union canal and I have now mentally recovered from running a marathon. This of course only means, that I am ready to train for the next one (London 2015).
So. As I feel quite bad about neglecting my blog (again) I think I have hopefully found a middle ground where I can share both my passions – writing and running. I will try not to make my blog yet ‘another running blog’ but truly merge and express all my feelings, experiences, ideas etc.
And that’s all there is to it.