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My Reading List - October 2012
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Dead in the Water Dana Stabenow
The Bucolic Plague Josh Kilmer-Purcell
The Piano Teacher Lynn York
Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance Martin Gurden
Ravens George Dawes Green
Long Road Home Mary Alice Monroe
Playing with Fire Gordon Ramsey
Please Don't Feed the Daisy Beverly West
Cheap Cabarnet Cathie Beck
Murder of a Sweet Old Lady Denise Swanson
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Finished: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters --- I really enjoy the Amelia Peabody series once I get back into the language of the Victorian era. It does tend to be a little overwhelming at times. But the characters are fun, especially the precocious son, Ramses. You've got to love that little kid!! The plots are involved and always revolve around archaeology, primarily in Egypt digging in the ancient tombs and pyramids. Peters knows her subject since she has a Ph.D. in Egyptology....makes for interesting reading.
Fireside by Susan Wiggs --- Susan Wiggs writes a heart-warming series, The Lakeshore Chronicles. This is the 5th in the series and is about Bo Crutcher, a baseball hopeful who finds himself caring for a young son he hasn't met before and meeting a woman who ends up helping him, not only with his son, but also his baseball career. A fun read.
Running Scared by Elizabeth Lowell --- A continuation of the Rarities series. Lowell always writes a page-turner, this one deals with Las Vegas, the powerful men and women who run the casinos and Celtic gold...those who covet it, those who protect it and those who will kill for it.
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr -- Second in the Anna Pigeon series, this time Anna is serving as a US National Park Service ranger on Lake Superior and becomes involved in the investigation into the death of a man found drowned in Lake Superior. Always an interesting read, not only from the mystery stand-point, but from the workings of the park service and descriptions of the locale.
Shark Island by Joan Druett --- I picked this book up at a used book sale at a library one day when I needed something to read and didn't have a book with me. What a surprise!! I read this book in just a few hours and really enjoyed it. Druett writes about the 19th-century U.S. South Seas Exploring Expedition , which actually took place, and interspersed a riveting mystery, [fictitious] into it. Her knowledge of sailing, shiping and nautical facts make for a very enjoyable read. This is the 2nd of the Wiki Coffin series and I'm going to try to find the first one.
Shiver by Lisa Jackson --- This is all a reader could want in a tense, well-written thriller. It keeps you guessing until the very last pages as to who the killer is with interesting characters, [some from previous books by Jackson] but not so tied to other story-lines that the reader loses interest. A real page-turner as are all her New Orleans based books.
Grievous Sin by Faye Kellerman -- Number 6 in the Peter Decker, Rina Lazarus series. Kellerman writes with authority about the Jewish lifestyle along with a well-plotted mystery. I always enjoy her books.
Orchid Blues by Stuart Woods --- It had been awhile since I read the 1st Holly Barker novel, Orchid Beach, but this one didn't really need that background to be enjoyable. I like the way Woods writes, short chapters, but still building characterization and plot. All and all a very enjoyable read...looking forward to the rest of Holly's story in the next Orchid books.
Firefly Beach by Luanne Rice --- A wonderful, heart-warming story about family relationships, between mother and daughters, sister to sister and even brother to brother. Rice really knows how to develop a story and draw the reader into the characters' lives. Wouldn't hurt to have a couple hankies ready!!
Cat on the Scent by Rita Mae Brown --- The Mrs. Murphy series is always a fun read. This time Mrs. Murphy, T. Tucker and Pewter help in another murder investigation and even astound their "Mom", "Harry" Minor with some unbelieable feats.
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman --- For a truly well-written mystery, you really can't beat Dorothy Gilman and the Mrs. Pollifax series. Each one is a fun, fast read that keeps the reader turning pages, trying to see how Mrs. Pollifax is going to get out of this one! This is one feisty lady...love to see an older heroine that's able to match wits with the "baddies" of this world. Highly recommend this series, but start with the first one, it's a hoot!
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Up Next: still deciding
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Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson - Kind of different mystery about a woman who has amnesia which renews itself every time she goes to sleep, she never knows at what life stage she is going to wake up remembering. She may wake up being a child in her mind while in reality she is 47. They can explain it to her but she forgets every night when she sleeps. As she starts getting back little bits of memory and the story starts to not make sense to her you start to see there is something else entirely going on. I figured it out before she did but it was still a really enjoyable story.
Daughters-In-Law by Joanna Trollope - A little sloce of life story about a family with 3 sons and the women they marry. Not my usual style but it didn't completely suck, lol. No surprises, no revelations, just a little story.
The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe - about the connection between a woman killed in the Salem witch trials and a modern day history scholar. Kind of a mystery, pretty accurate in the facts, it was an interesting book. The author is a descendant of 2 of the women killed at Salem and wanted to write the book from the perspective of 'what if there really were witches in Salem'. It just steps over the border into fantasy, I would have enjoyed it more if she kept it to the possible, but it's not too fantastic.
And Be A Villain by Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe book, smaller, not as complex as usual but still fun.
Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer - It's basically letters from a concerned father to his aimless, somewhat slacker, son. Nothing overly interesting or profound, a couple of good quotes but that's about it.
Does Anyone Have A Problem With That? by Bill Maher - Exerpts from his show Politically Incorrect, a lot of which hold true today but since the shows referenced here were taped from 93-94 a lot is out of date too. You have to keep thinking back to what was going on 20 years ago.
The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx - Apparently Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue kept a diary during a year at the height of his addiction issues, while on tour with the band. Any book that starts out with quotes from most of the people who know you saying what an ass you are has got to be good right? Well, it was ok. The diary entries are scattered with current statements from people, a lot of them from Denise Matthews who used to be Vanity in those days. OMG what a freakin nut, she's worse now that she's sober. She calls herself an evangelist and some of the shuff she spouts, just insane. That is one messed up chick, she should write her own book. Maybe not, they would probably commit her.
Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason - Icelandic crime mystery, I really liked it. Can't wait to read some more of his. It gave me the impression that Icelandic cops are a little lawless and the crime pretty bad, it's not a country you hear much about so I have no idea if it's like that or not. The book was published after the country went broke but it's written as if it's predicting what will happen. Part of the crime involves shady banking and the end result they were saying could happen is pretty much what happened, whether he wrote it ahead of time and was a great predictor or wrote it afterwards and it's his take on what happened I don't know.
If You Liked School You'll Like Work by Irvine Welsh - A collection of stories. Very diverse themes and genres, there's one that ends with a horror aspect. Didn't see that ending coming until the last minute! Quite a good collection, showing his great range of abilities. There were some typical Scotland set stories, not the usual cast of characters but the same dialect, but at least half were very different. Mostly set in America. He must have spent some time here, they were very true to form in story if some of the dialog (especially the one set around LA) was kind of stereotypical.
Salem's Lot by Stephen King - King is a good writer but he does go on. Long book that didn't need to be so long, too much background info for incidental characters. If someone is going to be an active part of the story for 3 minutes they don't need a whole chapter of background info. I don't need to hear about Bob's failed marriage when the only part he has in the story is victim #6. Other than the length I enjoyed it. I've had a nightlight on the last few nights so it works, lol.
We're Just like you only Prettier by Celia Rivenbark - Written by a newspaper columnist and it's pretty much that level of quality. In the style of Erma bombeck but not as good. I don't think she has a very realistic concept of what the term 'redneck' constitutes, she seems to think it applies to all southerners.
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo - This was a good one but Nesbo is my favorite author. Lots of twists and turns and it's pretty much impossible to pick who's the bad guy because there is more than one. Nesbo is definitely the best.
Melted Into Air by Sandi Toksvig - I love Sandi but this was not my favorite of hers. It was ok, but that's about it. Still enjoyable because I like her style but nothing special about the story.
Immortal Voyage by C G Powell - It's a paranormal-fantasy-medieval-space mash up kind of thing. It's all over the place. One group rides flying dragons into the village (which has no indoor plumbing) and another spaceship based one uses a shuttle. There are inconsistancies, horses are sometimes called horses and sometimes called stag ponies. A man is described as handsome and also common-faced in the same sentence. The technology/lack of doesn't jive with normal technological evolution. They have never heard of bathrooms but they have what sound like replicators? The story was predictable and nothing new but told pretty well and enjoyable. It kept my interest even though I knew basically what was going to happen. I found the profanity a little weird, it wasn't prolific but didn't fit the story. The few sex scenes seemed added in too. It's way better than I could have written but not quite as good as what you expect from a published book. It's great if you like a good story, don't bother if you're a critic.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher - Paranormal detective series. Dresden is a wizard who is also a detective. I'm not a big paranormal fan but it was kind of a detective story first, he just used magic along with deduction. I liked it, and will probably read some others. I think there's a bunch in the series.
Dark places by Gillian Flynn - Another great from Flynn. Not as shocking as Girl but a definite page turner. I normally only read the kindle in thebathroom but I had to take it out and finish it in my reading spot, I couldn't get out of the bathroom. She really does manage to come up with original ideas, something you don't see that often.
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Currently Listening to
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Clutter's Last Stand by Don Aslett
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Buried in Treasures by David F. Tolin et al.
I see a theme here... I'm in the middle of a major decluttering project at home right now, so I've ordered several books on cleaning and decluttering (including a couple more books by Don Aslett).
Over the weekend I read these 4 books by M.J. Rose:
Lip Service, The Halo Effect, The Venus Fix, The Delilah Complex
I guess I would classify them as psychological suspense. They were easy reads and I enjoyed the character development as well as the suspense.
Up next I am going to quickly reread/skip-read Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan before I read the sequel Picture This. I enjoyed Lost & Found but it's been awhile since I read it, so I want to get back into the mindset of the book before reading the sequel.
After that . . . I don't know. I have a ton!
I just finished "Garden of Shadows" by VC Andrews, it is the prequel to "Flowers in the Attic" and I actually enjoyed it. Even 30+ years after reading the first book, this fun for me to read.
What to read next..... I feel like I need to read something deep to make up for that one
Finished:The Immortal Life of Hennrietta Lacks~Rebecca Skloot,The Confession~John Grisham
Started,didn't grab me: The Game of Thrones~George Martin: Can ya believe it?
State of Wonder~Anne Patchett
The Unbroken: Laura Hillenbrand
The Secret History of Fantasy: Anthology
My Lobotomy, I am # 87, Glass Castles. Child 44
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Bought at the thrift store and started Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand- not really catching my interest right now
So I quickly zipped through-
Edward's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan; Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah; Classified as Murder by Miranda James
and now about 1/3 of the way through Son by Lois Lowry
I also have The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce due back on 10/23-so I might not get back to Unbroken for a bit
Seeing a lot of Stephen King this month. We're going to be discussing Salem's Lot in the September Hot Topics forum soon if anyone wants to join in.
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I just finished The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent and it was a very interesting read about the times of the salem witch trials. I can't believe all those people died because of false statements. I reckon' I can people go to jail today because of false testimony from people.
I just finished Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. I can only give it 2.5 stars. It just simply lacked the people/character emotion that I like in fiction. The Vietnam War was a war of fear and fruitlessness and the author got that right. The characters are stilted and their emotions are monotone. I noticed that the two men that reviewed the book here at PBS loved it. I think it might be a good book for men.