It’s hot! Thank goodness for books and air conditioning. Here’s what I’ve been reading.
River of Teeth, and Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey collected in American Hippo. Fantasy. These are two novelettes (perhaps novellas, not positive about the word count) set in a fictional south in which hippopotamuses have been brought into the swamps of Louisiana to be ranched and raised for meat. Of course things go awry. But the book is full of wonderful characters and the setting is unique and well-drawn. I liked these both a lot. The author’s next book doesn’t carry on with these characters, but I can hope for more of this in the future. Recommended.
Worldmakers edited by Gardner Dozois. Science Fiction. This was my Friday Forgotten Book two weeks ago, so no more need be said.
The crime scene, the house of the murdered woman, is thickly cover with vacuum clear dust. Impossible to pick up any prints, DNA or clues to who slipped into the house and cut the throat of a much-liked suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville while she slept. Private detective Nils Shapiro has no cases and is spending time trying to forget his ex-wife and making a living. He’s glad to get a call from old friend Anders Ellegaard, who is a Police Detective for the nearby City of Edina. Ellegaard wants Nils to find clues where it seems none can exist. But Nils finds phone records leading to more than one suspect before the FBI steps in to order a halt to the investigation. Why? Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows less clear as the weather worsens. I thought this was a pretty good one.
So, how about you?
What have you been reading lately?