Current Reading March 28 – April 3, 2016

Moon Over SohoMidnight RiotT.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month.” Could be. I’m reading as much as I can, trying to concentrate but there’s medical stuff distracting me.

I finished the first two books in Ben Aarnovitch’s Rivers of London series, Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho. These feature Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale and Constable Peter Grant. Besides being coppers, Nightingale is a wizard and Grant is his apprentice. I liked these books a lot; the characters, setting, humor, plot, jazz references, all of it. The second book was a little weaker than the first, but there are several more in the series and I plan to read them. Good fun. TheSteelKissUSA-220x332I’ll probably switch to something else next, then return to these later.

Barbara finished Henning Mankill’s Sidetracked and is well into Steel Kiss, by Jeffrey Deaver, a Lincoln Rhyme novel. Deaver is one of her favorite authors, and his  Rhyme books the ones she likes best.

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10 Responses to Current Reading March 28 – April 3, 2016

  1. Am reading Megan’s first book for debut novels. It’s been ten years since I last read it and I have wanted to. I tried the debut Sayers novel WHOSE BODY but found it unreadable. She certainly improved over time.

    • Patti, I haven’t decided on a first novel author yet. I haven’t read any Sayers in a long time, but I liked The Nine Tailors and the Lord Peter short stories quite a bit.

  2. SPRING BREAK is over so It’s back to short story collections and short novels and short non-fiction books until the end of the Spring Semester in mid-May. I’m finishing up Mark Twain’s LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI.

    • I can’t figure out why your school schedule dictates the length of book you read. Why not just read a book, of whatever length, until you finish it? I haven’t read any Twain in a Very Long Time.

  3. Jerry House says:

    Hope all is well, Richard, and any medical stuff is resolved.

    Once again I read three Batman graphic novels this week. I never realized how many of those suckers there are. I figure if I read three a week, I’ll be caught up shortly before my 157th birthday.

    I’ve also been on a John Connoly kick and just finished THE WHITE ROAD, the fourth in the Charlie Parker series. This time Parker goes to South Carolina to help a lawyer friend build a defense for his client; at the same time, Parker must deal with the fallout from the previous book, THE KILLING KIND. I doubt you would care for this one since it veers into supernatural territory,

    Speaking of supernatural territory, I also read Martin H. Greenberg’s anthology CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT: STORIES OF GHOSTS, VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, AND “LOST CHILDREN.” Outstanding among the eleven stories here were ones by Suzy McKee Charnas, Fritz Leiber, Cyril M. Kornbluth, and Orson Scott Card. It also had a pretty neat story by the under-rated Lee Hoffman.

    I’m now working my way through UFO ABDUCTIONS IN GULF BREEZE, a first-hand account of what supposedly happened to Floridians Ed and Frances Walters in the late 1980’s. Since I now live in Gulf Breeze, it behooved me to try to read this. So far, the Walters seem to be earnest and straightforward people but I don’t believe a word they’ve written. I’m also slightly disappointed in that I’ve been living here for six months and I have not yet been abducted by visitors from outer space. Not once! Sheesh!

    • Jerry, thanks, hospital Wednesday, then we’ll see. There are thousands of Batman GNs, but I stick to the ones that are part of a story arc and not set in an alternate Gotham. Barbara likes the Parker novels a lot, and has read those you name. Don’t worry about the non-abduction, just get set for the hurricane.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I had to return half a dozen library books but picked up another SEVEN that were on reserve. I’m currently reading one of those, a first mystery nominated for various awards (don’t know if it won), Glen Erik Hamilton’s PAST CRIMES, about a former Army Ranger who comes home to Seattle after ten years to find his estranged grandfather shot. So far, so good,.

    I read another Martin Edwards-edited anthology of mostly Golden Age British stories, SERPENTS IN EDEN: Countryside Crimes. (I just picked up another from the library.) The usual suspects are present – Conan Doyle, Chesterton, R. Austin Freeman, H.C. Bailey, Anthony Berkeley, Margery Allingham. I like these books. (The next is MURDER AT THE MANOR.)

    The other book was a George Kelley recommendation that had some interest but also annoyed me at times. REACHER SAID NOTHING has author Andy Martin literally sitting at Lee Childs’ back watching and listening as he writes his latest book (MAKE ME). There were interesting bits about Childs but it took too long from my point of view. (I downloaded this from the library.)

    I have another downloaded library book now that I may or may not read after (or alongside) the Hamilton. Also GIRLS LIKE US, which I started last week but haven’t had a lot of time to read as yet. Also on hand: BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL by Elliot Chaze; and INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine.

    And new recommendations seem to pop up every day. My library hold list is still at 8.

    • Jeff, I read Murder at the Manor, as you will recall, but haven’t started Serpents in Eden yet. I have two library books checked out, one for some gardening research, and one on hold that should arrive soon, as it’s in “processing”. Hope you enjoy Ink and Bone, I did. The next in that series comes out in July.

  5. I’ve got a very long book going, The Hydrogen sonata and it’s taking me a while.

  6. While I’m working, I have less reading time. If I want to feed my blog I can’t get mired in a 500 page book. That’s why I’m reading short works of fiction, non-fiction, and short story collections. I haven’t read any Mark Twain books in a decade. But I’m enjoying LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI.

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