Tuesday, 28 November 2017

What I've been reading

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
by Patrick Süskind

narrated by Sean Barrett
"Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: This is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city."
A strange book, but I liked it. It reads as a normal novel, but has a few elements of fantasy and unreality that spice up the story. Recommended.

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The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable
by Terry Pratchett

narrated by Stephen Briggs
"Cohen the Barbarian. He's been a legend in his own lifetime. He can remember the good old days of high adventure, when being a Hero meant one didn't have to worry about aching backs and lawyers and civilization. But these days, he can't always remember just where he put his teeth."
Apparently this is a picture book, and I imagine it would indeed be enhanced by drawings of the characters. I believe it is the last of the Discworld books, and despite his progressive Alzheimers Terry Pratchett manages to produce entertaining and thought-provoking ideas right up to the end.

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