Now that the winter has arrived, there´s even more reason for abandoning a walk in the neighborhood for a good book. Isn´t it crazy, I had one centimetre ice on my car during daytime.
I´ve just finished listening to two books by Ben Elton
(of whom Hugh Laurie once said that he discovered him as a serious actor - if that isn´t justification enough to listen to them).
I expected much of the books seeing as he is not only a productive but also pretty successful writer of novels and screenplays. Fortunately I wasn´t let down.
The first one was Inconceivable
, his more or less autobiographical novel which dealt with an infertile couple and was later to be turned into the film Maybe Baby
. The film amused with a great cast (Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson are always amazing), hilarious scenes and a really engaging emotional story.
But in case you´ve already watched the movie you probably won´t miss much with the book. The story is told entirely through the diary entries of Lucy and Sam. This idea works out quite well in the beginning where you get direct responses by both to everything that happens in their life. You really get into their relationship because you´re able to compare how differently both really see the situation of their infertility. Lucy´s desperation is even more affecting in that way. Unfortunately toward the end, where the outer action overtakes the inner conflicts this device completely fails to let the reader empathise with the whole solution of the situation.
The audiobook is still a lot of fun though because it´s being read by Emilia Fox and Hugh Laurie. And my favorite moment surely is, hearing Hugh Laurie complain about some abhorent doctor ("Great guts!"; later played by Atkinson) with the words "Stephen Fry would play him perfectly." I had a serious self-referential-loop-fangirl moment there. The audiobook also offers some good jokes about the BBC that were left out in the film.
The next book was hugely entertaining throughout. Past Mortem
is a murder mystery that features a lot of cheesy 80´s music and a great plot. At first I had the feeling that the characters were somewhat stereotypical but I was lead on to believe this. As the story unfolds Ed Newsome, the New Scotland Yard Detective we are following as he is trying to track down a serial killer, and all the other characters: his co-workers, the suspects and friends become wonderfully quirky. Be warned though, some scenes are incredibly graphic, like ewwwww. But they fit perfectly into the whole thing. I knew who the killer was way before he or she was revealed but that doesn´t do harm to the book; it only makes you feel smart.
Speaking of Ben Elton:
Have today´s song themed.We Will Rock You Musical - Fat Bottom Girls( There´s more comedy here... and Jimmy Carr. )