January 1, 2018

December 2017 Reads

Believe it or not, my dogs bother me when I'm reading.  They presume that I should be paying attention to them instead of having my nose in a book!

Dec 76 How to Kill Friends and Implicate People Jay Stringer
77 Beast of Extraordinary Circumstance Ruth Emmie Lang
78 Wonder Valley Ivy Pochoda
79 The Police Are At The Station and They Adrian McKinty
Don't Look Friendly
80 The Rooster Bar John Grisham
81 So Much Blue Percival Everett

What a great way to wrap up the year!  How to Kill Friends and Implicate People is the first time I've read Jay Stringer.  His character, Fergus is a hitman and the action never stops.  I'll be reading more from this author.

The Beast of Extraordinary Circumstance is a modern day fairy tale; it's full of wonder and improbability.  You should read it, you'll be glad you did.

Wonder Valley is a novel alive with empathy for the dispossessed and detailed descriptions of the California landscape. It works its way between the hippy-dippy and the straight-collared.  It's both a family tale and a mystery.

The Police are At The Station and They Don't Look Friendly is the last book in the Sean Duffy series.  I've read them all and recommend them; start with the first one, Cold Cold Ground.

One of the things I love about John Grisham is that he doesn't write the same story over and over; as many of other successful authors do.  The Rooster Bar is a great read; it kept me guessing until the end, which is good.

So Much Blue is about characters that you think you might know; how there lives work and don't work.  It's never quite what you expect but it's a very satisfying read by a great author.
What are you reading?

December 5, 2017

November 2017 Reads

Nov 70 In the Shadow of Alabama Judy Reene Singer
71 Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan
70 Deep Freeze John Sandford
73 Rain Dogs Adrian McKinty
74 Two Kinds of Truth Michael Connelly
75 Love That Dog Sharon Creech

Another good month of reading.    The only book I don't recommend is Love That Dog unless you're a child.  It's a great children's book.

Probably my two favorites on this list are Deep Freeze and Rain Dogs.  Deep Freeze because Sandford is a wonderful writer and Virgil Flowers is my favorite of his characters.  When Sandford writes I can picture just what he's talking about, and I bet if I traveled to Minnesota, his domain, I'd find everything just as he says.

Rain Dogs is the next to last installment of the Detective Sean Duffy series, set in Belfast during the troubles.  Sean Duffy ranks right up there with Virgil Flowers in my ranking of best-loved fiction characters.

In the Shadow of Alabama is a family tale, Manhattan Beach is about a woman breaking barriers and Two Kinds of Truth is the latest Harry Bosch installment.  All three of these were hard-to-put-down wonderful reads.
What are you reading?

November 2, 2017

October 2017 Reads

Oct 64 Think of a Number John Verdon
65 The Defense Steve Cavanagh
66 The Burning Girl Claire Messud
67 Turtles All The Way Down John Green
68 Gun Street Girl Adrian McKinty
69 The Uncommon Type Tom Hanks

Another slow reading month, but the books I read were great.  This time I spent two weeks on a tour of Spain and it was grand, not much time for reading.

Think of a Number is the first time I've read John Verdon and it won't be the last.  This novel starts slow, but hang on to your hat, it really captured me and I had a hard time putting it down.

I love John Green.  His novels are written for young adults, but they are very translatable to all adults.  This may be my favorite of Green's novels.  The title is odd, but you'll need to read the book to find out what it means.  Here are a couple of quotes from John Green about the book, “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.", and “The great thing about figurative language and symbols and the like in novels is that you don’t have to be conscious of them for them to work."

Gun Street Girl by McKinty is the fourth in the series, and it was great.

Someone else I love is Tom Hanks.  His debut is a short story collection and it is great.  Three of the stories, spread through the book are about the same 4 friends.  I think Hanks should explore making a movie about these four.  I'd go see it for sure.  Read the book and see if you agree.

The Defense is a nail-biter, for sure. Eddie Flynn, one-time con artist, current lawyer, has a problem. The Russian mafia wants him to smuggle a bomb into a courtroom and eliminate the prosecution’s star witness against the head of New York City’s Russian mob. Eddie has vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again, but now he finds he has no choice: the mob has abducted his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.  Read it!

What are you reading?