Surprisingly she asked if I knew what my characters might drink at Starbucks. Naturally I had that answer down!
Having a seminar and then a vacation and then being sick put me quite behind. I’m trying to remember all that I read.
I quite enjoyed Street Justice, but Kris Nelscott, a pen name for Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I love Smokey Dalton. These are noir mysteries that you want to take slowly and savor. I read this over three or four evenings, eager to get back and read more but making myself go to bed so that I had more in the morning. I always want to read more but know that like too much alcohol, too much Smokey would leave me with a hangover the next week!
I also read Enemy Within written under the Kristine Kathryn Rusch name. A very fun alternative history that made me want to look up things from the real history to see what she’d changed.
I found a new series by J.D Horn. It started with a book called The Line and I got the second book, The Source. The third book comes out in October and I’ll probably still want to read the rest of it. It was a fun book, easy to read but engaging. The characters were different enough that I didn’t feel it was just another urban fantasy redone. Considering the premise the ideas were well done and unique enough to be worth the read.
I read several other books that I got on sale. Most were not that memorable.
I read a couple of non-fiction books, one of which was by Matt Stone. Matt is 180 degree health because he’s contrary and I like that. I am too. If you’ve read every other diet book out there, add Matt’s. He’s sure to make you rethink everything you read in all the others. And yes I feel better eating more even if I’m fatter.
Upon getting home I started searching for some good books. One of the ones I found was Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates. It’s one of those Iceland detective novels. I’m disappointed in this one after such great reads with Arnalder Indridason. Bates doesn’t capture the setting of Iceland nearly was well. There are a few key phrases and moments in the book but this had too many characters that had too many name changes. I appreciated that Indridason keeps names consistent so that you don’t have to try and remember who was who under several different names, something that Bates is much less successful at.
So I missed the last couple of weeks because I was on the road. I got to read some good stuff while I was driving.
Two books were by Brene Brown. Daring Greatly was better than the Gifts of Imperfection. While I like what she talks about, I find that am always just a little disappointed, waiting for more. I want to know more about what shame means, more about where to start, I guess. I know she talks about it, but the books always feel a little as if she didn’t go deep enough. I’ve always been a huge fan of Debbie Ford and I think her Dark Side of Light Chasers spoke a bit more to me in the depth of what I wanted.
For fun, I read Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Snipers and it was fun. I always wish Kris would write longer books and have them keep going. I wish they wouldn’t end!
I read The Art of Purring as well. I quite like David Minchie and have read his Buddhist books as well as his cat Buddhist books. I think I enjoyed the set up of the Dalai Lama’s Cat better than this one, but it’s still a delight and well worth the read.
Finally, Nevada Barr’s Destroyer Angel was on the list. I love Anna Pidgeon and she was in fine form here. I’m not sure it was the best. I missed the Anna and Molly talks where Molly figuratively kicks Anna back into the game. But this was still suspenseful and hard to put down.
I feel like I’m forgetting something. I did linger over the Brene Brown books, so perhaps I’m not! I should actually update this as I finish a book just like I do my Goodreads Page so that I don’t forget what I’ve read!
Another two book week. I would have said I read more but I guess not.
I did play around with some world building books but didn’t finish them so will not review them. It wasn’t that they were bad books but they didn’t catch my interest.
I did read another Peter Robinson book, Watching the Dark, which I quite liked. This was a more recent one and I did enjoy that. He’s on my list to have the library hold some more books so I can read those too. I like the series. I’m not sure I’m as engaged as I am with some of the other series books but I do enjoy them. Definitely recommend for a good read.
I also read the latest Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway novel, Outcast Dead. I liked this one too and some things are getting resolved. She had all these romances that could never be going on and one actually does get a bit resolved although it was difficult for the parties involved. I also liked that she paid less attention to the fact that Ruth was fat. No longer is she a glutton who has to eat everything. She can just be fat and eat normally, which I liked. And the story of course was another dark, slightly mysterious one that kept me interested the whole time. Definitely a worthwhile read.
So this week I continued on with my Peter Robinson reading.
First I read Strange Affair. This one grabbed me a little more quickly than Grave Innocents. I really need to work on reading the whole series so I know what happened between Banks and Annie Cabot. It’s flashed back but I don’t have the entire story and I’m curious now! Strange Affair was quite a good suspense read.
I got Lisa Gardner’s Fear Nothing in this week as well. I like D.D. Warren and this was good, although it was frustrating to have D.D. injured during the entire book. The actual resolution was a bit too obvious but there was still plenty of tension in the book.
Finally, I got another Peter Robinson (libraries are like that and I read a lot from the library), Friend of the Devil. I’m enjoying this one. However, like all of his, there are places where it starts to drag.
I am still reading Story Engineering which has some good material. I just wish the tone of the book wasn’t so pompous about how this is the only way to do things
I’m still reading through Peter Robinson. I read The First Cut, which wasn’t an Inspector Banks novel. I was disappointed about that. The novel was clearly written more than ten years ago, so although interesting, it was definitely an older book. I liked it well enough but it won’t go down as a favorite. I like the Inspector Banks character and learning more about him and I just didn’t care that much about the main character of this book.
I also read Grave Innocents, which was an Inspector Banks novel. It took me a bit to get into the book, which is why I have only two books this week but once I got there I quite liked it. There were several threads that seemed related but weren’t. As always, I’m reading out of order. I’d really like to read the book where he meets Annie!
I also stared Story Engineering but I’m less than a quarter of the way through. I’m struggling with it. I find I don’t think like the concept of the book. I’m finding it hard to consider thinking that much about writing. Writing is something I do, not something I think about, which the author will say that only really good authors, like Stephen King can do and I am wasting time because I don’t know what I’m doing. Maybe, maybe not. I had hoped to add tools to the writing box to help me but this makes me feel like I have to sit around planning consciously forever in order to write a book rather than just sitting down and doing it.