Zoo Station: David Downing

I’ve read all of Downing’s “Station” books before, but decided to go back to the source and remind myself what makes a good writer.

Downing provides extraordinary portraits of decent, ordinary people in extraordinarily evil times. My favourite Nazi-timeline series.


The Clockmaker’s Daughter: Kate Morton

Morton took the bones of a decent story, spread it across a century of time, threw it in a triple-lined lead box, mixed it with pocket lint, dustballs, pretty shells, shiny stones and pleasingly-shaped pine cones, put it in a paint mixer, then buried it so deep that it’s hard to dig out.

Otherwise, not a bad story.

An American Marriage: Tayari Jones

I have no idea of whether this book is representative of American marriages or not.

Like most marriages, this one is not very interesting, except perhaps to the principles involved.

Not only did Jones not mix up an pie for me with this work, she didn’t even set out the fixings for tea.