The Doomsday Book
This was a reasonably fun read. It was really two books: what's going on with the kid in the middle ages, and an "Outbreak" style epidemic plot in the current time. I could really have done without the latter. I didn't count but I think it's more than half the book. It made me tense. Now, reading about events unfolding in the 14th century, that's fun. Supposedly painstakingly researched, I am not one to judge.
I haven't read any Barbara Vine in years, but I always love her stuff. Barbara Vine is actually Ruth Rendell, and it's really amazing how the two kinds of mystery writing can be so completely different. I have tried to pick up RR's books a number of times and never failed to be bored or feel loathesome about them. But as Barbara Vine, her books are careful, emotional, personal, and fascinating. I listened to this one on CD and I think it might have suffered some for that. If you like a book that is about mystery but not necessarily murder, pick up anything by Barbara Vine. I recommend starting with Asta's Book or The House of Stairs. They aren't big on action, but mood, setting, and atmosphere are there in spades.
Stranger in a Strange Land
What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing. So far I like/hate it in equal measure. I can totally see why teenagers ate it up when I was one of them, I just never got around to reading it for some reason. I'm on disc 10 of 13 and I never want to hear the word grok again for as long as I live. But I'll stick it out.
I seem to be in a highly anglophilic state of mind when it comes to reading. Short of Wodehouse, what else should I pick up???