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William's Book Blog

Mostly book reviews.  Very rarely I'll allow William Campbell Powell (author) to write a blog entry on publishing activity, but he's under orders to keep that stuff over on his Facebook page and on http://williamcampbellpowell.com

Currently reading

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee
Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman
Zombie Elementary: The Real Story
Howard Whitehouse
Progress: 99 %
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Progress: 6/504 pages
The Longest Week: What Really Happened During Jesus' Final Days
Nick Page
Progress: 43/310 pages

Compton Crook Bee-ware ...

The Bees - Laline Paull

I don't know how these things are worked out, but there are seven books on the Compton Crook shortlist.  Four of these are by US authors.  Three are by European authors - all UK by residence.


I've read - and really enjoyed - Emmi Itäranta's Memory of Water, so I decided to pick up Laline Paull's The Bees as being the other UK entrant.


I'm only a few pages in, but the underlying premise is fascinating - viewing the life of bees from the PoV of a lowest-caste worker, Flora 717.  I'm already conscious that there's a subtext of ecological collapse, which is certainly timely.  And lots of scope for exploring the pressures of living in a sharply stratified society.


More anon...