I read James White’s Double Contact and though it was slow in the middle it improved towards the last quarter or so. I think it’s one of the weaker, if not the weakest, of the Sector General novels, now that I’ve read them all.
I read a couple of longish short stories by Raymond Chandler, which I enjoyed very much, but realized I wasn’t in the mood to read one of the novels. I read “Red Wind” from The Midnight Raymond Chandler. That story is also in the collection shown, and I read “Trouble is My Business” from it. Also in this one is “Goldfish” that I already recently read for an anthology post, and “Finger Man” which I plan to read next week.
After that, my reading has been a bit of a jumble. I read Graham Oakley’s dry, droll, hilarious Diary of A Church Mouse, a children’s book with wonderful illustrations. More on that one anon. I plucked Skeleton Dance by Aaron Elkins off a stack of not-yet-shelved books from BookSwap, and while I enjoyed it, I found it longer than necessary for the rather thin plot.
I read several short stories from the Gardner Dozois-edited Worldmakers, SF Adventures in Terraforming, which is, so far, a really good anthology. Then I felt like reading a novel, and after Chandler I was thinking hard-boiled and just naturally slid into…
…a Mike Shayne mystery novel, Bodies Are Where You Find Them. I’d barely started it when the power went out. We had a pretty big series of storms come through, not done yet. So I turned to the iPad, and the Kindle For Mac application. Already just started was The Island by Michael Stark, Book One Part One of Fallen Earth. I must have picked it up for free or cheap, and don’t know anything about it, but after about 40 pages I gave it up, at least for now, and went to bed. Next morning, the power back on thankfully, I turned to the first Miss Seaton novel, after reading a very positive review of the series in a recent Forgotten Book Friday. Well, tastes vary, but personally I found the book inane. A little silliness goes a long way, and for me this went too far. So I’ll get back to the Mike Shayne this week.
Barbara finished The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian, which she liked quite a lot, the cliffhanger ending had her hurrying to the library website to put a hold on the next in the series.
Meanwhile she’s reading The Family Plot, by Cherie Priest, which she started during the power outage, using her headlamp. The Family Plot is a haunted house type novel, part mystery, part supernatural, not her usual thing but just right for the Halloween season.
Waiting at the library is Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre. author of the The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy, Alex, Irene and Camille. We both have lots of books lined up. Life is good.
What about you?
What are you reading?