What I’m currently reading (July)
22nd July 2014
For me, the summer break from uni is always the best time to get some reading done. Throughout term time, I find myself feeling guilty about reading fiction when I know I should be reading material related to my course. Plus, I spend so much time reading academic journals that when I do have time to take a break, I just don’t feel like reading for fun.
I am currently reading Four Blind Mice by James Patterson, and according to my Kindle I’m just 13% of the way through. I should note here, I am a very slow reader with a very short attention span.
Four Blind Mice is the 8th novel in the Alex Cross series. The books centre around a homicide detective who lives and works in Washington D.C. Actually, the first book I read in the series was The Big Bad Wolf which is the 9th book in the series. The reason for this is that I found The Big Bad Wolf in the villa we were staying at in Portugal a couple of years a go, and I thought I’d give it a read. Once I’d finished, I went back to the start of the series to catch up with the rest of the story.
You may have heard of the films Along Came A Spider and Kiss The Girls, staring Morgan Freeman, which are based on the 1st and 2nd books respectively 1. Unfortunately the films were not (very) true to the books, and not even Morgan Freeman could save them. They were pretty poor overall.
What I love most about the Alex Cross series, and about James Patterson’s writing in general, is that it is fast paced with action from the outset. The chapters are really short and each ends on a cliffhanger of some description. As I mentioned before, I have a short attention span, and so I find it difficult to get into books that take a long time to develop characters and to set the scene. In the Alex Cross series there is no time wasted with this sort of detail, yet I still feel like I know an incredible amount of detail about the characters and their lives, as well as the places visited in the books. The way in which James Patterson does this is very clever, and is why I admire him as a writer.
While these books will not be for everyone (some are pretty graphic and dark) I would highly recommend giving them a read. Like many book series, the first (Along Came A Spider) still remains my favourite, but I will continue to read the rest of the series because I am hooked on the story and I am desperate to know what will happen in the future.
What are you reading at the moment?
P.S. My Kindle case is from Cath Kidston.
- However, in terms of the films, the Kiss The Girls came out before Along Came A Spider. ↩