I finished both The Human Division and The End of All Things by John Scalzi (covers shown in last week’s post), the two latest novels in his Old Man’s War universe. While I liked them both, I thought the newest book was the weaker of the two.
Man In Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel was interesting. Impressed earlier this year by Mitchell’s writing in the collection of his essays The Bottom of the Harbor, I wanted to know more about him. The book filled the bill.. Following that, I savored The Art of Mouse Guard by David Petersen, a gorgeous art book with lots of text. See my New Arrivals post on it here.
Then, since there will be a single author Friday Forgotten Book Friday on Ed McBain, and author I hadn’t gotten to, I checked out one of his books from the library, Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here. It wasn’t a very good place to start reading the 87th Precinct books; it’s the 25th in the series, every character played a part, however small, there were a variety of crimes dealt with, there was little depth of plot. Twelve characters introduced in the first thirteen pages was overwhelming to me, but I eventually caught up enough to finish the book. I suspect this, written well into the series, was a confection for fans of the series, who knew the setting and people. I have a couple more 87th Precinct paperbacks I picked up, which I hope will be more focused.
Now she’s reading the second Inspector Montalbano Mystery by Andrea Camilleri, The Terra-Cotta Dog.
How about you? Have you read these
books or authors?
What are you reading?