Current Reading: October 19-25

library fuzz2If you thought last week was slow, this past one was nearly non-existent in terms of reading. I dropped off my glasses for new lenses. Instead of two days it took all week. In the meantime I took the library books back for someone else to read.

I did read a few short stories on the iPad,  Some of the Library Fuzz stories by James Holding. The protagonist in these is a library cop, who goes to people’s homes to collect overdue books and the late fees for them. He stumbles across other, serious, crimes while doing this, and solves them along with his cop pal, Lieutenant Randall of Homicide.

killing lessonsThese stories are light, fun and as a book person I liked them. I’ll read more of them, but I’m expecting to get back into my regular reading habits in the coming week. I have books in hand and a few things on hold at the library which should pop up soon.

Barbara finished Jeffrey Siger’s The Devil of Delphi, enjoying it a lot. It’s good to spend time with characters you have gotten to know over several books in a series, and Delphi is the 7th in that series.

Now she’s reading The Killing Lessons by Saul Black. Also sitting here from the library is, again, The Oregon Trail, an American Journey and she says she’ll get to it when she can.

How about you?
Have you read these books or authors?
What are you reading?

About Richard Robinson

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16 Responses to Current Reading: October 19-25

  1. Jerry House says:

    I hope the new glasses are working well for you, Richard.

    It’s been a slow reading week for me — a graphic novel collection of Flash Gordon comics, a graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft’s THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD, and John Wyndham’s STOWAWAY TO MARS,an early work originally published as PLANET PLANE by “John Benyon.” I have about forty pages left in Mike Resnick and Robert Garcia’s anthology WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, a book that I am thoroughly enjoying; extra bonus for me is the inclusion of Resnick’s 50-year-old novella THE FORGOTTEN SEA OF MARS, originally published in a limited run by the fanzine EBR-dom.

    Some of the remnants of Patricia are kissing the panhandle and there have been flash flood warnings (but no flash floods) in our area. Gray skies, a nice breeze, and a few drops of rain — I can live with that.

    • Richard says:

      New glasses are great improvement over no glasses, but things aren’t as sharp and clear and they used to be. Cataract surgery may be closer than I had originally reckoned.

      I read some Lovecraft while in college, and found after a handful of stories that was enough. Thus I haven’t gone back, and probably won’t. I think the only Wyndham I’ve read are the Triffid novels (2 of them?), which in the Sixties were considered classics.

      Rained all day here yesterday, just showers today, nothing to do with Patricia, of course, just Portland Fall weather. Probably sunny late this afternoon, high in the 60s.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Welcome back. You were missed.

    I never heard of the Holding stories but they sound interesting so I invested 99 cents and downloaded it to the Kindle (& tablet). I never mind having more short stories available.

    This week I read: Malcolm Gladwell’s collection of New Yorker pieces, WHAT THE DOG SAW, which I enjoyed. I may borrow another of his from the library. I read a good review somewhere of Rajan Khanna’s first, FALLING SKY, described as steampunk with zombies, so read it and it was fairly entertaining and a quick read. I’ll probably read the sequel, just out. I believe I downloaded B. J. Bourg’s ALIVE INTO HELL: A Collection of Crimes Stories, either for free or very cheaply. Let’s just say this collection of mostly very short stories was a quick read, but mostly extremely dark.

    Lawrence Block’s THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES has been described (by Bill Crider) as a Gold Medal book with graphic sex, and who am I to argue with the Sage of Alvin. It’s nice and short (as is the Khanna – both are 250 pages or less) and a fast, dirty read, and as these books should be it is set in Florida. Other than the Bourg, all these were library books. Lastly I read one I’d bought, Susan Beth Pfeffer’s third in her “Last Survivors” trilogy (there is now a fourth book) of YA books, THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN. A year after an asteroid hit the Moon, driving it nearer to the Earth with devastating results, the characters still alive from the previous two books meet up in northeastern Pennsylvania.

    New books? Well, there is a new Crippen & Landru collection out (with a striking cover), SWORDS, SANDALS AND SIRENS by Marilyn Todd. I have another order on the way of used books that might arrive this week. Just what I need, right?

    Current reading. The current short story collection is THE ADVENTURES OF CARDIGAN, a pulp creation by Frederick Nebel originally published in Dime Detective starting in 1933. They are a lot of fun to read. I’ve started a first mystery whose reviews made it sound interesting, SILENT CITY by Carrie Smith. A highly praised New York City public school principal is found murdered in his apartment and the case falls to Detective Claire Codella on her first day back on the job after 10 months off being treated for cancer.

    I’ve also got books by Lee Goldberg & Janet Evanovitch and Archer Mayor on hand from the library, and the second by newcomer Allen Eskens, whose first I recently read.

    • Richard says:

      Jeff, thanks. I came across the Holding stories while in Amazon, and did what you did. Entertaining, not great. I have WHAT THE DOG SAW on hold but the wait list for the single copy is kinda long, so it may be a while. I haven’t checked lately to see how close I am to the top.

      I’ll skip the Block and Pfeffer. I no longer get the C&L books, dropped my subscription to save some money, and haven’t missed them much, as I still have a lot of them here to be read. Sure, you need more books, doesn’t everyone. Well, I’m not sure I do. I have THE ADVENTURES OF CARDIGAN, unread.

  3. Patti Abbott says:

    Reading stories for a lit magazine I agreed to edit this week. Also still reading Americanah for my book group, short stories by Edith Pearlman. Phil is reading THE GIRL ON A TRAIN and seems to be enjoying it. After reading ANNA KARENINA, it must make a nice break.

  4. I’m working on Footfall, which is very good but very long

  5. Glad you’re getting back into the reading groove. I’m still reading short novels and short story collections. But, November is all chopped up for me: the College is closed for Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. That will give me a little time to catch up on my pleasure reading.

    • Richard says:

      I got two new books today, another arriving tomorrow, so in addition to the many TBR items already here, there are those. Your schedule is chaotic, George.

  6. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Today I saw a copy of The Girl on the Train on the shelf at the library so I guess the rush has ended. It still has no interest for me. I’m waiting on the new Lee Child and Michael Connelly books.

  7. Yvette says:

    Hope your new glasses are home with you by now, Richard.

    I’ve been reading up a storm lately, mostly some fabulous vintage, Cyril Hare and Gladys Mitchell and a few others, but also some recent books. Especially loved RADIANT ANGEL by Nelson DeMille (review will be forthcoming). CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith was also a hit with me, despite the rather grisly violence. I loved THE QUESTION OF THE UNFAMILIAR HUSBAND by Jeff Cohen/J.J. Copperman and A FOOL FOR A CLIENT by Parnell Hall, among the newer books. Lots of humor in these books which is something I’m definitely in the mood for.

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