eteaket Book Group
The books for January were anything by Alexander McCall Smith or any Rebus novel by Ian Rankin. The consensus seemed to be that we all recognised elements of Edinburgh in both the characters and places used both by Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin, with Alexander McCall Smith’s characters and stories being at the more genteel end of the scale and Ian Rankin’s work grittier and grislier.
McCall Smith’s work (for those who had read more than just 44 Scotland Street) is altogether lighter and more pleasant but perhaps slightly less engaging although we were impressed by his ability to build up a city of characters that he uses across some of his Edinburgh based writing. Ian Rankin also came in for significant praise for his ability to keep his prolific Rebus novels un-formulaic and there was general agreement that we all enjoyed a good Rebus read!
For next months meeting we decided to read any work by the author Lionel Shriver (other than her most famous work, We Need to Talk About Kevin). An interesting fact for you: Lionel, despite the name, is in fact a female writer.
For a bit of background info on the author please see link to Wikipedia (so it must be true): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Shriver
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th February between 7-8.30ish at eteaket.
Hope to see you all there. Newbies always welcome – please just turn up and join in (email email@example.com to be put on the circulation list).