May 14, 2019
This book is technically flawed in that the narrative constantly jumps point of view so that I had to re-read some passages twice in order to understand which character was describing the piece I was reading. But having said that the story worked well and I really enjoyed reading it.
There was a great deal of description on what the characters were wearing, but this was never boring as it was evident that they were obsessed with appearance. The characters themselves were well described and showed that the author had a good understanding about those she wrote and what motivated them. The central narrative centred around Harriet (or Harry as she was mostly referred to) and her chauffeur driving company employing attractive female drivers. Most of the story centred on her and a group of friends who were holidaying in an attractive villa next door to one rented by a famous pop group.
The interaction between the sexy males surrounding the pop group and the gorgeous Harry and her girlfriends was well described. There were several twists in the story which kept me reading to the end.
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October 13, 2018
Absent-mindedly, he stuffed his right hand in his jacket pocket and felt the jar. He drew it out, looked through the glass at the white lumps of organic matter inside and said aloud to himself, “Magic I don’t think so.” He tossed it in the metal waste bin then, as the clanging sound his action had caused resonated around the room, he had another thought and looked in the bin. The jar was still intact. He retrieved it, put it down on the laboratory bench, discarded his jacket and put on his labcoat. What followed next led to the discovery of Floracillin.
August 15, 2018
I was surprised when Amazon classified my new novel Magic Bullets as Medical Fiction. But then I read an article I saw on the Wellcome Book Prize webpage (see https://tinyurl.com/yaf3hb7c) where judges and former winners picked their all-time favourite fiction books that touch on this topic and it seemed that their links to medicine appeared rather vague. So I decided to list three books that I felt could be similarly classified.
The first one on my list is Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham. This is about two biochemists who extracted and anti-aging drug from an unusual strain of lichen only to find that it could induce harmful side effects. My memories of the book are rather vague as I read it a long time ago. I do remember it as being rather heavy reading but I kept going as I found the plot most intriguing.
The second on the list is The Invisible Man by H G Wells. In this book Wells goes into great detail about how to change a body’s refractive index and become invisible. What I liked about the story was that Wells skill in explaining the science behind the plot makes it seem entirely plausible. I have read this book several times and still enjoy it as an absorbing read
But my favourite has to be The Double Helix by James D Watson. It is an autobiographical account of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. It is controversial due to Watson’s willingness to appropriate data surreptitiously from others and his sexist attitude towards scientist Rosalind Franklin who, because of the harmful nature of the X-rays she worked with, died early and therefore could not share the Nobel Prize. Despite these flaws, I found the story fascinating. It is probably the greatest medical discovery of all time which has lead and is still leading to momentous breakthroughs in modern medicine. It is the best detective story I have read and is the main reason why I followed a career in biological science.
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April 11, 2018
This is the first book in Peter James’s detective series featuring Roy Grace. The author has hit on a winning formula as the jacket states that 14 million copies of have been sold of this book alone. It is certainly a rattling good read for anyone who loves police procedural crime novels. The plot kept me riveted right to the end with many unsuspecting twists along the way. Peter James is certainly an expert storyteller.
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