Just past the halfway point in Ten Years Beyond Baker Street, by Cay Van Ash, I decided to take a break to read a book that came in from the library, The Underneath by Kathi Appelt. I’m at the point these days where I read many blogs and book review sites, and have a difficult time recalling just where I saw which book. Somewhere I read a review of The Underneath, and was intrigued enough to get it from the library.
I’m glad I did, though there are some tough scenes in it, for it’s about a very evil man living alone in the east Texas pine and swamp country with his dog that he mistreats and keeps chained. But the dog befriends a couple of kittens who find their way under the disintegrating cabin. In addition there’s a magical thousand-year-old water moccasin, a hawk that changes into a man, trees that listen and a very old, hundred-foot alligator. The writing and structure are unusual and though I timorously picked it up, I polished it off in a day.
Barbara had more bad luck with another blind pick from a review, this time The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson, in which very bad people did enough very bad things that she set it aside to return to the library.
Instead, she’s started Make Me by Lee Child, a Reacher novel. It’s certain she’ll enjoy it more that the last two she tried.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?