January 1, 2019
Dropped out of the habit of blogging even trivial notes this year, but here is the summary of the year. From previous years we have 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
This blog originally included a lot more about what I did or thought, now it is mainly ‘reviews’ of books read and only really so that I can check if I have already read something. Enjoy…
Movies watched at Cinema
- June: Screening of Time Trial movie with David Millar
- Nov: Bohemian Rhapsody
Events (anything significant to remember)
- March: an evening with Graeme Obree at the Mitchell
- June: Screening of Time Trial movie with David Millar
- April: Rum Tasting hosted by Plantation Rums in Tiki Bar on Bath Street
- Aug: European Championships Women’s Road Race, Glasgow Green
- Dec: Christmas Market George Square with faimly
- 2018 totals:
142 days active
62729 ft gain
- May 5: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge
(poor stewarding and sinage, got lost)
34miles, 3 hours, 2600ft, 11.6mph average
- May 18: Mallorca Guided Ride
47.5miles, 3.5 hours, 2500ft, 13.6mph average
- May 24: Mallorca Guided Ride
41.1miles, 3hours, 2500, 13.4mph average
- Oct 16: Mallorca Guided Ride
36.9miles, 2.5hours, 1700, 14.7mph average
BOOKS read this year….
- Jan: Lee Child “The Midnight Line”
- Feb: E.V. Seymour “A Deadly Trade (Josh Thane Thriller #1)”
- March: E.V. Seymour “Final Target (Josh Thane Thriller #2)”
- June: Richard Davis “The Saul Marshall Thrillers: Books 1-3”
- Sept: Michael Connelly “The Late Show”
- Nov: Michael Connelly “Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series Book 21)”
- Nov: Michael Connelly “Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Short Stories”
- Nov: Blake Banner “Dawn of the Hunter (Omega Series Book 1)”
- Dec: Blake Banner “Double Edged Blade (Omega Series Book 2)”
- Dec: Blake Banner “The Storm (Omega Series Book 3)”
- Dec: “The Bartender’s Guide to Rum”
- March: Dalbeattie weekend
- March: Center Parcs
- May: HV Mallorca (2nd time abroad with kids)
- Aug: Stayed in Dalbeattie for a few days, then
- Aug: Stayed in Crail for a couple of nights
- Oct: HV Mallorca (3rd time abroad with kids) flying from Manchester this time
- Oct: Weeked in Inveraray with family
- Turned 51
- April: Lewis 5
- May: Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia
- June: Lewis graduated Nursery
- July: Trip to Isle of Lewis for uncle’s funeral
- July: Geraint Thomas won the Tour de Fance
- Sept: 1st cousins once removed moved into the flat
- Sept: Simon Yates won the Vuelta Espana
- Oct: Lewis started Shinty
- Oct: Made a robot outfit for kids haloween
- Nov: Rachel 2
- 2009 – 23 books – 6 Movies – 4 gigs/events
- 2010 – 33 books – 13 Movies – 10 gigs/events – 6 meals – 4 holidays
- 2011 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 1 meals – 3 holidays
- 2012 – 16 books – 7 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 3 meals – 4 holidays
- 2013 – 8 books – 2 Movies – 0 gigs/events – 1 meals – 2 holidays – 1 Son
- 2014 – 1 books – 3 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 4 holidays
- 2015 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 3 holidays – 6 videos
- 2016 – 34 books – 2 Movies – 1 events – 4 holidays – 4 videos – 1416 miles cycled – 1 daughter
- 2017 – 25 books – 2 Movies – 1 event – 7 holidays – 3 videos – 1749 miles cycled
- 2018 – 11 books – 2 Movies – 5 events – 7 holidays – 1 video – 1578 miles
December 31, 2018
OK so I stopped updating this back in March but need to do my summary of the year so here goes all the notes I can remember…
After the fantastic night with Graeme Obree at the Mitchell,..
- Book: Lee Child “The Midnight Line”
- Book: E.V. Seymour “A Deadly Trade (Josh Thane Thriller #1)”
- Book: E.V. Seymour “Final Target (Josh Thane Thriller #2)”
- Holiday: Dalbeattie weekend
- Holiday: Center Parcs
- Event: an evening with Graeme Obree at the Mitchell
- Lewis turned 5 years old
- Event: Rum Tasting hosted by Plantation Rums in Tiki Bar on Bath Street
- Cycling: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge cycle ride
(poor stewarding and sinage, got lost)
34miles, 3hours, 2600ft, 11.6mph average
- Holiday: HV Mallorca (2nd time abroad with kids)
- Cycling: Guided Ride – 47.5miles, 3.5 hours, 2500ft, 13.6mph average
- Cycling: Guided Ride – 41.1miles, 3hours, 2500, 13.4mph average
- Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia
- Lewis Graduated from Nursery
- Books: The Saul Marshall Thrillers: Books 1-3 Richard Davis
- Movie/Event: Screening of Time Trial movie with David Millar (met David Millar)
- Trip to Isle of Lewis for uncle’s funeral
- Geraint Thomas won the Tour de Fance
- Event: European Championships Women’s Road Race, Glasgow Green
- Holiday: Stayed in Dalbeattie for a few days, then
- Holiday: Stayed in Crail for a couple of nights
- Simon Yates won the Vuelta Espana
- Book: The Late Show Michael Connelly
- 1st cousins once removed moved into the flat
- Holiday: HV Mallorca (3nd time abroad with kids) flying from Manchester this time
- Cycle: Guided Ride – 36.9miles, 2.5hours, 1700, 14.7mph average
- Lewis started Shinty
- Holiday: Weeked in Inveraray with family
- Made a robot outfit for kids haloween
- Book: Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series Book 21) Michael Connelly
- Rachel turned 2 years old
- Book: Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Short Stories Michael Connelly
- Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody
- Book: Dawn of the Hunter – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 1) Update Available Blake Banner
- Book: Double Edged Blade – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 2) Blake Banner
- Event: Christmas Market George Square with faimly
- Book: The Storm – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 3) Blake Banner
- Book: The Bartender’s Guide to Rum
March 19, 2018
Part of the Aye Write Glasgow Book Festival the audience with Graeme Obree was all to short. I wouldn’t say he is a polished public speaker, more a rambling stream of asides trying to find a narrative.
However it was funny, fascinating and all too short. It would have been great to have listened to Graeme for much longer and hear more of his achievements and struggles.
September 29, 2017
So I’m working through the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block. With some authors I read everything they publish in published order, other times I follow a single chracter and don’t care much if the author has other characters in his playbook. That’s the approach here. The Matthew Scudder novels so far are ok, I’m not enjoying the character as much as Harry Bosch or say Jack Reacher because there isn’t as much unraveling of the investigation. But so far they are interesting enough to keep me working through the series.
In this book the father of a murder victim Barbara Ettinger comes to Matt Scudder for help. His daughter was the victim of ice-pick wielding serial killer who murdered 8 women nine years ago and was never caught. Until now when recently released from a mental institution he is randomly picked up for carrying an ice pick and freely admits to the murders carried out nine years previously. However, he only claims 7 murders and was locked up at the time of Barbara Ettinger‘s murder. So the father who has come to terms with his daughter having been murdered by a serial killer has now to face the fact that someone she knew may have killed her and used the ice-pick murders at the time to make it look like another serial killer victim.
Scudders, often drunken, investigation is facinating turning up new leads on a long cold case. This was a positive page turner and showed a lot more facets to Scudder’s character than the previous novels.
September 29, 2017
Small-time crook known as “The Spinner” leaves an envelope with Matt Scudder only to be opened if he is killed. He is then killed.
The contents of the envelope is the blackmail material Spinner has on three people. Believing one of these individuals was pushed too far he just has to figure out which one and let the others off the hook.
Matthew Scudder is both a complex and simple character with a clear moral code that drives through everything.
September 8, 2017
In this story a cop who is in hiding because he is reveling corruption in the Department is accused by a prostitute of being on the take himself. He turns to Scudder for help because no one in the department would be willing to help.
It turns out he isn’t clean at all, the prostitute is being guided by someone else and there is a web of corruption that quickly turns to multiple murders… Scudder drinks his way around the investigation and gradually makes sense of what is going on.
August 20, 2017
I first met the Harry Bosch character when Amazon made the first season of ‘Bosch’ in 2014. Being a reader I quickly read the entire back catalogue of Michael Connelly’s work from The Black Echo (1994) through to The Crossing (2016) which took me a little over a year (May 2015-2016). So this is the first time since then that I have returned to this character, and it’s good to be back with an old friend.
Harry is now a private investigator and volunteers with San Fernando PD to clear their cold cases. The book opens with a classic PI plot of a dying billionaire, full of regrest, asking Bosch to find any possible heir to his fortune. As a young man he had an affair with a Mexican girl who then disappeared (possibly paid off by his father to do so). Did she have a child from their affair, and if so what happened to the child?
Meanwhile in his work for the small San Fernando PD, Bosch has uncovered a link between several rape cases and is looking for more evidence to trace this before the man strikes again. These two stories develop in parallel through the book with the usual detail that Connelly excels at, bringing to life the slow pace of investigation even when it is simply looking up records in archives.
Really good to be reading about Bosch again and a fascinating story.
August 4, 2017
Following the John Corey series finds the former NYPD homicide detective and now a special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, facing “The Lion” again.
The Lion has returned to America to finish what he started three years previously (Night Fall) and to kill Corey and his partner (now wife) Kate Mayfield. Well, that’s about it really – the terrorist is doing terrorist stuff and John Corey is doing ‘rogue cop’ stuff. The story unfolds fast enough and with some twists and turns but again I find DeMille repeats and goes over the key facts just far too many times.
July 19, 2017
Fourth Nelson DeMille novel in the John Corey series (following Plumb Island, The Lion’s Game, Night Fall) sees John and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield gong under the radar to investigate a missing colleague that takes them to the exclusive Custer Hill Club and a plot to detonate nuclear devices in American cities to trigger a response…
I find DeMille’s style frustrating, he takes a really long time to tell the story that feels as if he has done a lot of background research and can’t resist telling the reader all the irrelevant details. However, the main character is very funny and engaging. I’ve seen a review compare the John Corey character to Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H. “hilarious as a fictional character, but you’d probably hate him if you had to deal with him in person.”
So this was an enjoyable read, not as fast paced as it could have been but kept me interested right to the end.