This month, we read “Our Kind of Traitor” by John Le Carre’

It went over like a lead balloon.

There were five of us at the meeting and only three finished the book.  Pam tried to read it and also tried to listen to it.  She failed miserably, falling asleep with both formats.  Another tossed it aside after 100 pages.  And then felt guilty because she hadn’t finished.

Rule No. 1 of the Book Club – Never feel guilty for not finishing the book.  You will not be chastised and you will not be banned.  We’re all grown-ups here and we are doing this for fun.  To get out of the house, to meet new people, to exchange ideas.  We understand that sometimes reading the book feels a lot like being back in school and doing homework.  But if you can’t finish the book, come to the meeting anyway – we’d love to know why.

So we really didn’t enjoy this book.  We found the writing choppy, the characters unlikable, and the ending predictable.   There was espionage, money-laundering, politics, and the Russian mob, all intertwined in a confusing ball of dark yarn.  And floating around the edges were Perry and Gail, a couple of annoying do-gooders.  We all kind of wished for those hours of our lives back.

And then Valorie came to the meeting very late and ruined our half a star rating because she LOVED it.  Gave it four and half stars.

Rule No. 2 of the Book Club – If you’re late to the meeting, bring cookies.  Which Valorie did and so we listened to her comments.

It would seem that she listened to this book on CD and was able to picture the cinematic properties of the story.  Which is interesting, because this book is in development to be made into a movie.

Favorite characters – the twin boys, Luke, Hector, Ollie, Gail

Least favorite characters – Perry, Gail, Dima, Natasha and the tennis pro who started the whole ball of wax rolling.  I blame him.

1 star

On another note, I took a look at our November book, Stephen King’s “11/22/63″ and realized that it’s HUGE.  Like over 2.5”.  I would like to change our selection for November.  Is that okay?  I’d like to do a Dorothy Sayers.  Comments?  Suggestions?