I put the blog on “Pause” almost nine months ago, and haven’t been posting my Current Reading posts since. However, it’s time I got back into posting more often, and I’m starting with a lot of catch-up posts to fill readers in on what I read during the time. I’ll do a month or two each post until we’re current. These posts won’t included Barbara’s reading. It’s my plan to then keep going with the weekly post.
Bruce Catton – I’m going to start with August 2017. Barbara and I re-watched Ken Burns’ The Civil War because I wanted to see it again, and after seeing it I read The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton, followed by The Terrible Swift Sword. The two books comprise his Civil War duology.
Alan Dean Foster – I followed that with a science fiction novel, Icerigger, by Alan Dean Foster. This was a book suggested by a Friday Forgotten Book blogger; it may have been Bill Crider or James Reasoner, I no longer remember. It was an enjoyable, if light, SF novel of humans crash-landed on a low-civilization planet, using their engineering “smarts” to cross wide expanses toward possible escape at a space port. There is a sequel which I have but haven’t yet read.
M. C. Beaton – Then I got into the mood for a cozy. I don’t read many, but when the mood strikes I will. Itmay have been a friend of my wife mentioning she liked these, but whatever the reason, I started with the first of M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth mysteries, Death of A Gossip. I then went on with the series in order: Death of A Cad, Death of An Outsider, Death of A Perfect Wife, Death of A Hussy, Death of A Snoop and finally Death of A Glutton. That was enough of Beaton for me, – there are many more – though I did enjoy both the character, Macbeth, and setting, a small village in Scotland.
Bill Crider – For a special Friday Forgotten Books on Bill Crider, I picked a collection of his Sherlock Holmes stories, as I wanted to contribute something different. All eight had appeared in other places, but it was nice to have them gathered together in this ebook. These are terrific Holmes stories, by the way
Erle Stanley Gardner – Then I was in the mood for some Perry Mason, so I read the double paperback including The Case of the Runaway Blonde and The Case of the Hungry Horse. I especially liked the latter, though both were good. It’s always good to revisit the Mason novels.
That’s enough for this first look back, next time I’ll cover the rest of the month, including William Kent Krueger, Rex Stout, Truman Capote and more.