Sunday, May 01, 2005

Library Books sale

I visited the library old books sale and bought few books.

Among them was Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain". For a first book by an author at the age of twenty-five that too in the 1970s, this is a very good book. Enjoyed reading this classic novel to the last page. Although not all of what is said in the book is correct, I liked the author's research into the biological details in writing the book.

The other book I read was Jeffrey Archer's "Not a penny more, not a penny less". A funny novel, as it turns out only at the end, on how far one can go to get even. When Harvey Metcalfe, the rags-to-riches millionaire hoodwinks five men of their money, they set a decoy to get their money back right to the last penny - nothing more nothing less. The first half of the novel portrays Harvey's life. But just when your interest starts fading no more no less, the author dives right into the plot.

Somehow the books I read this week have something in common much like the last time. Both were first books of the respective authors. Instead of a single protagonist both novels are about a team. If it was ace performer Nobel laureate Jeremy Stone in The Andromeda it was Stephen Bradley from Oxford for Not a penny... . In the end, the last action hero turns out to be the one least expected (by the characters of the novel) - Dr.Hall in the former and Lord James in the latter.

I shall post about the others in the coming weeks.