Hitting the beach

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It’s grey and dripping outside and it’s been this way pretty much the whole day. What a contrast to the warm and sunny weekend we had in Pismo Beach with wee reader and his grandparents.

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Unfortunately we had forgotten that it was spring break/Easter weekend and the place we stayed at was pretty packed with youthful patrons. Which meant people moving around throughout the night and in our case, a little fella not adjusting well to his new environment and decidedly not sleeping through the night. I felt like I needed a holiday from this holiday! But it wasn’t just about the sleep (or not-sleep), we explored the coastal towns of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay, and had plenty of great seafood.

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And of course I got to do some reading!

I started and finished The Devotion of Suspect X, which was a fast, interesting read. The plot (saying anymore would probably ruin it for you, but as you can guess, there’s a dead person and it’s a who-dunnit) and the intellectual skirmishes between mathematics genius Ishigami and his university schoolmate Yukawa are engaging. The climax is quite gasp-worthy as is the character of Ishigami. But I have to say that the writing is nothing much to shout about – I keep comparing it to Natsuo Kirino’s Out (the only other Japanese crime novel I’ve read so far) and just felt I got so much more out of that one, a greater sense of character and place, for starters. There is such a coldness about The Devotion of Suspect X. Everything seemed so sterile and it just seemed like it needed a bit more meat. Still it was a fun read (if you find it fun to read about murders and cover-ups).

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8 thoughts on “Hitting the beach

  1. Can you believe I haven’t read OUT?! It’s been rotting in my shelf. I need to read it sooner. You may want to try Villain by Yoshida (can’t remember the last Japanese name).. I like it better. Japanese thrillers do thrill me.

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  2. The beach looks amazing – wish I was someplace like that too 🙂 And I recently finished Suspect X and really liked it – especially Ishigami. But I totally get what you mean about it feeling “cold” – I couldn’t put my finger on it before!

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