Note: while Patti Abbott’s blog Pattinaise is on hiatus,
she may not be doing her Monday “Things That Are Making Me Happy” post.
Please feel free to make a comment here on whatever is making you happy.
Meanwhile, my reading:
Chasing A Blond Moon by Joseph Heywood – mystery, hardcover. I have enjoyed the two collections of Heywood’s short stories, Hard Ground and Harder Ground, the former more than the latter, so I thought I’d try one of the novels. This is the third (fourth?) in the series, the others were not available in my library, so it’s the one I got.
I happen to be a person who generally does not like to see or read about harming animals. I’m okay with the destruction of monstrous ants or suchlike, but when an author snuffs a dog, cat, or bunny, I’m not happy. I understand people hunt, and in the course of a story if hunters shoot a deer, I can accept that, though I’m not particularly happy with it. So when it soon became apparent, as I started reading this novel, that it was going to be about baiting and killing bears, for sport(?), that was it for me. I stopped reading. This was a DNF.
The Double-Jack Murders by Patrick McManus – mystery, ebook. This is the third in the humorous (or intended to be) Sheriff Bo Tully series. I read the first two and was just entertained enough to read this one. Tully is a Sheriff of Blight County, a large, sparsely populated county in Idaho. His grandfather and father were both Sheriffs before him, and he is widely known and mostly revered. In this one, a resort owner asks Tully to find out what happened to her husband, who disappeared 20 years before. Bo does some searching, and finds a slim connection to a mining company which has since closed.
There’s more, but that should be enough to give you an idea. These are soft, easy to read books that I found made a good break between other books.
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – fantasy, hardcover. The series is titled Legends of the First Empire. I read a fine review on the Black Gate blog of this, and since it had been a long time since I’d read any of what is generally called “epic fantasy” I decided to try it. The review showed three volumes, all in print. I got the first book from the library and dug in. I liked the setting, the world building was good, with some different races (which would translate to human, elf and, later, dwarf but here have different names), the primary character is somewhat unsure of himself but gains in assurance as the book goes on in it’s 490 pages.
Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan – fantasy, hardcover. I finished the first book in this series and went straight on to this one (slightly longer at over 500 pages). The story is continuous, and the threats to the humans at the end of the first book result in a battle at the beginning of this one. But it is plain that the humans are outmatched and need better weapons. The dwarves have them, but are not trustworthy and a large portion of the book has our three main characters in dwarf lands, where they must break a curse in order to secure swords. Meanwhile, in the land of the elves, there is an attempt on the high leader’s life, and generally things are not going well…
I found myself liking the world, the overall story, the individual plot lines and characters, and was eager to move to the third book, only to find a rather long wait at the library. Sigh.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?