Okay, Mr Obsessive-compulsive saw The Golden Compass last week and had to go out and read all three books in the series. Wow. Whilst its not Tolkien, and its perhaps not JK Rowling, its good gripping stuff. Some of it works really well, and some works less well. But hey - (bearing in mind its in the young adult category) its a good read.
And I read John Le Carre's 'The Spy who came in from the cold' during a particularly long bath this week just to keep my brain from turning to post-christmas mush... Now *thats* a good spy story.