September 2012 - What are you reading?
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I'm about halfway through Strega by Andrew Vachss, a carry-over from August.
Just started The Fifth Woman, a Kurt Wallender mystery. From not really liking the series, I've somehow become a fan.
I wanted to reply to a comment in the August thread, but I didn't want to distract from the pointer to this one. Not sure what protocol to follow.
136: I was interested in these comments by the author of the Bryant & May series. Apparently he thinks there are better places to start than the first book.
This comment surprised me: "I’m also a bit puzzled by readers who always start at the beginning of the series..." I think that's the most natural and logical place to begin most series, don't you? The author typically develops the storylines and characters with some sort of logic and continuity, and readers follow along best if they take them in the same order. I don't know why anyone would assume that someplace in the middle would be a better starting point. Maybe that's a little bit of an authorial blind spot.
Anyway, I finished Full Dark House today and quite enjoyed it for the characters and all the atmosphere, even though I don't think "preposterous" would be too strong a word for the outcome of the mystery. I'll probably read at least one more.
Read Murder with peacocks aloud to some friends while travelling. Lots of fun
>10: Hmmm! Very interesting indeed! I ended up reading the first one just because it happened to be there at the library. Usually I read out of order, unless I've stockpiled most of the books in the series, in which case I tend to read in order.
I'm just starting Blood Bath & Beyond by Michelle Rowan. It's the first in a new vampire mystery series.
Nearly half-way through The Beekeeper's Apprentice. So far so good, but not spectacular.
I'm about halfway through Snow Angels, the first book in a police procedural series set in Finland.
>20: I just finished the latest installment in that series, The Flight, which was very good but I'm glad I read it *after* my trip to the UK... the flight in the book was transatlantic! (Different plane though; the book plane is an Airbus A380, but I think I was on a Boeing 777.)
Next up: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, by Alan Bradley, thus depleting my Flavia de Luce reserves. Ah well, once I started, I knew I really wouldn't be able to stop.
I'm reading Circle of Bones by Christine Kling. I've read the prologue and two chapters and am unsure what to think of it. I'll give it a bit longer, but if it doesn't get better soon, I think I'll put it aside. The writing isn't bad and for a thriller the pace is good, but there's no connection to the characters - and if I don't care about what happens to the characters, it's not really thrilling, now is it?
My book club has finally decided to read Gone Girl. Looking forward to that, but J.K. Rowling's latest sounds like it will fit into this category as well. It comes out Sep. 27th. Can't wait!
#28 - Oh that is good to hear. I'm enjoying Beekeeper's Apprentice but not blown away by it. In fact it gets a bit repetitive with Russell attempting over and over again to train Holmes to include her in things rather than just expecting her to follow his lead.
I finished The Family Vault last night, and thought it was pretty good--a cozy in an American setting. I'll definitely be continuing with the Sarah Kelling series. I'm now moving on to King's Ransom by Ed McBain, one of the 87th Precinct novels. I've never read this one but I expect it will seem somewhat familiar; Akira Kurosawa adapted it (and relocated it to Japan) for his movie "High and Low," which is a favorite of mine.
>28 Maybe I'll have to give the series another try and start with the second book. It seems like a series I should like, yet when I tried to read The Beekeeper's Apprentice about a decade ago I ended up abandoning it partway through - something I rarely do.
#31....It's kind of pick-and-choose. Locked Rooms, I think, is my favorite of the bunch. Action moves to the U.S. and we find out a lot more about Mary Russell's backstory. The latter ones I though were pretty stinky.
Finished The Body in the Belfry, an Agatha (I think?) award winner for best first novel a few years back. At the stuff-a-bag-for-five-bucks sale at our used bookstore was a later one in the series called The Body in the Fjord. Looks like it features a minor character from Installment #1 and less of Faith Fairchild.
Have any of you read multiples in this series? Comments?
>33 I've read quite a few books in the Faith Fairchild series as I came across them at used book sales, borrowed from friends, etc. I haven't read them in any particular order and it hasn't seemed to matter too much. The quality is fairly consistent, although naturally I've liked some better than others. The Body in the Fjord is actually my favorite in the series, and I think it would work as a stand-alone.
#10.....I'm kind of obsessive about starting with no. 1 in a series and reading chronologically. Says something about my personality I guess.
Currently reading A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams, a pleasant cozy.
>37 I'm the same way. I don't understand why anyone does otherwise. If I enjoy an author and want to read all their work, I try to read that in order as well. People only get better with experience, so it makes sense to me to read a body of work that way, series or not. :)
When I find an author I like, I will check their website and make a list of their series in order from first to last, and keep the list in my library tote. That is a tremendous help in selecting a book. Then I just check it off the list.
#34--good to know. Thanks! Will keep an eye out for others in the series.
Mined Man of Two Tribes from Mount To-Be-Read. I don't know a thing about the author, I don't think this is the first in the Napoleon Bonaparte series, but the first chapter was promising.
Also finished Bye Bye Bertie by Nancy Mehl. Squeaky clean cozy from a Christian publishing house, but nicely plotted. There's one more in a trio of these Ivy Towers mysteries, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls. Tackling it soon.
Reading Seven Days, the latest book by Deon Meyer from South Africa.
I've started The Cleaner by Brett Battles, the author's debut novel. So far it seems very briskly-paced and lively but a little lacking in the plausibility department.
I am currently reading Suspect by Michael Robotham in preparation for my August Early Reviewers book, Say You're Sorry. I had never read anything by him and am really enjoying it. It makes me even more excited for the ER book. Next, I am reading The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny and Off The Grid by P.J. Tracy, two of my favorite authors.
one of my 2 favourite books by my favourite author.the other being the given day
I started reading Honourable Schoolboy last night. It has been a year since I read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so I am having trouble remembering some of the intricate plot threads from the first book. And - I keep getting them mixed up with the Len Deighton books. Maybe my brain is fried from the moving.
oh how I envy you a bit. I've read the Kenzie/Gennaro series a few times, but woah...the first time I read one I was blown away. Enjoy!
oh and you may want to quit at #5. Moonlight Mile was nowhere near the quality.
Well, I juggle a lot of books so here's my current list:
The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin--excellent police detective story takes place in Australia just after WWII ends. Reading while exercising.
The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen--alternate paperback title Disgrace--second in the series, so far is very good. Reading on my commute.
Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf--LT ER copy--so far I am quite into this one. Reading at bedtime.
Phantom by Jo Nesbo--Reading at bedtime but Knopf's is winning as my go-to read at night.
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penney--interesting beginning, reading on my lunch hour so it
may take awhile.
Finshed earlier this month:
Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill--LT ER copy--review will be posted soon.
Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham--will be working on review.
That is a great start to a wonderful series. I like this William Monk series better than her Thomas Pitt series even though it is good as well. But with Monk, there are a lot of interesting things going on with his quest to find out more about his past while solving some very tough mysteries. I'm about to start the one that just came out A Sunless Sea. She is one of my favorite authors.
>17. Funny enough I have just finished this book and thought it wasn't up to her usual standard. Maybe it is just me, but at times I thought I was reading a James Pattetrson book!
dead before dyingbydeon meyer
cant put this down,its the best ive read for a while.he seems to be getting a few mentions lately and i can see why.
a strong plot with great dialogue and some diverse characters.also south africa makes for a very interesting backdrop.
from now on his books are a must-have for me
Happy reading with the Kenzie/Gennaro series--it's terrific.
I've started a new series of my own with Murder in the Marais by Cara Black, which is quite intriguing so far.
I'm currently reading a historical mystery set in Arthurian Britain: The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays.
This series sounds interesting. I will have to look into them and perhaps add to the unread collection.
I'm intrigued enough to continue, but the flaws had best be ironed out and replaced by new and more interesting ones before book 3.
I just found One for Sorrow free on Amazon (for kindle). Will therefore give it a shot. I confess I adore Julian. If there's going to be ragging on him I'll hate it.
>80 It's set 200 years after Julian, so there's no mention of him. The world of Constantinople was officially and in the majority christian but the main character is a pagan, and a palace official. Makes it relatively interesting from the get-go.
What's not especially interesting is The Body in the Belfry, the first Faith Sibley Fairchild mystery...of NINETEEN! I might read #2, or I might not, but I sincerely and strenuously doubt I'll read all nineteen.
I finished the second in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley. It is more of the same of precocious Flavia. These are pleasant to listen to while commuting, but I am having trouble figuring out why they are so popular. So I started book 3 in the series Red Herring Without Mustard.
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A Song for Nemesis
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A SONG FOR NEMESIS
Unable to come to terms with the shocking murder of his lover, Enrique Maqui abandons his work as a filmmaker and leaves London for war-torn El Salvador. Wounded while undertaking a covert assignment for the rebel forces, he meets Senica, a peasant whose courage over adversity inspires him to put his life in order. With an unfinished screenplay still sitting in London, and an impatient producer on his back, Enrique returns to the city that took his lover’s life. Here, he redrafts the script, which in essence threatens to lift the lid off a deception that runs to the core of civilization, a totalitarian nightmare devised by a power as brutal as it is invisible.
Before long, with Senica set to arrive in the UK on a doctored passport, Enrique finds himself terrorized by a gunman, whose client’s chilling ploy to first unnerve and then to eliminate the film director puts at risk the entire production. Betrayal, and a remarkable act of valour from an unlikely source ensue. For the gunman, to disappoint his anonymous and apparently wealthy client is not an option, as he receives his final instructions and swiftly closes in on his quarry...
Best wishes to all,
I am reading A bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris, next up in mystery/thriller will be the The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.
Snapped up One for Sorrow thanks majkia. Based on your review richardderus I figured it was worth downloading for free.
#85 I love the Flavia Luce mysteries. I guess different books just appeal to different people.
Those of you who picked up One for Sorrow for Kindle might also want to do a search on Amazon for Poisoned Pen Press - they offer many of their first in series (including Sorrow) for free, on a rotating basis. Too many to list here, but some I've picked up:
A Famine of Horses by Robert Carey
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards
Mew for Murder by Clea Simon
Murder in Mykonos - Jeffrey Siger
Corridors of Death - Ruth Dudley Edwards
Still Life with Murder - P.B. Ryan
If you do the search, then sort by price, low to high, there are currently 28 offered for free.
The Teaberry Strangler, after a long break from reading Tea Shop cozies. (Truthfully, I read them for the tea and foodie descriptions, not necessarily for the plot.)
I'm queued up with Two for Joy in that series about John the Eunuch. I hope it goes good places!
But in the meantime, I've written my four-star review of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, about America's Sweetheart (before Emmylou Harris), over in my thread...post #182.
My ER book from August The Art Forger which is pretty darn good so far. A couple typos I hope get corrected for the final, but the writing is solid and the characterization good. Funny though that the piece in question is supposed to be part of the Gardener art theft of 1990, but in reality isn't. Only drawings from Degas were stolen, not a painting apparently. I like the idea of it though.
The Art Forger was reviewed on NPR and I thought it sounded really interesting. Now I have another book to put on the TBR list.
I am started on IQ84. I know this isn't classed as a mystery, but it has to be a crime book. In the first 100 pages there is a murder, so like all Murakami books it has some mystery to it. I also have a good start on Red Herring Without Mustard.
Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. I love Icelandic mysteries. This one is quite gory and the plot is not believable. But there are plenty of colorful characters and some well-described scenery. Includes a likeable protagonist who is a lawyer, not a detective. Two and a half stars.
I read Envious Casca a few weeks ago. It started fairly slowly, but the end was rather clever. I'd never read a Georgette Heyer mystery before.
I'm on the second Bryant & May mystery, The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler. I enjoyed the first one just a few weeks ago.
Finished A Wanted Man Not up to Lee Child's standards, I feel. Jack is a bad a-s and he needs to show that. In A Wanted Man , Jack only mildly rebukes a couple of creeps one time. By the way, I can not imagine in my wildest dreams Tom Cruise playing Reacher in the new movie to be released in December called Jack Reacher based on One Shot
I can't picture Tom Cruise in the role either. I'm not sure I want to see the movie.
>103 & 105: I'm not wild about Tom Cruise as Reacher either, but there's enough about the film that looks interesting to me--a supporting cast headlined by Robert Duvall as well as Rosamund Pike, not to mention the presence of Werner Herzog; writing and direction by Christopher McQuarrie--that I will probably give it a look.
>106 How'd you like the Tinker, Tailor miniseries? I've enjoyed it many times through the years.
>107: It was great! Alec Guinness was perfect. And the book is even better with the miniseries fresh in my mind.
I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy a year ago because the new movie version was just coming out. I had never seen the BBC series and so would have nothing with which to compare the movie version, but it came to town at a time when I couldn't get there so ended up not seeing the movie. I should Netflix the BBC series and by now I could get the movie version on Netflix as well. I could have a real TTSS marathon. I started reading Honorable Schoolboy but haven't progressed very far into it. I keep getting these characters mixed up with Len Deighton's Bernie Samson series, Berlin Game, Mexico Set, and London Match. If I kept reading HS for a longer period of time I know that things would straighten out, but I keep joining these group reads on LT that interfere with other books I want to read.
Meredy - Most of the books that I have read are either best read in sequence, or a reader can just flounder around when comments that touch on another book are made. I hate that, but it may seem unimportant to some.
And yes one can miss deaths, additions of new characters, and changes in storyline that place them out there wandering and confused. I hate to go back and try to catch up because a person already knows what has happened.
There are probably a few authors where this would work. Agatha Christie seems like a good example. Even if you are reading Poirot, not necessary to read them in sequence. Same with Miss Marple.
But for me not true of Bryant & May. I really like the entire series and having read it in sequence I know a lot would be lost. I have pulled a book out of sequence before and read it just to see if I liked the author. If I like the author, then I usually move on from there. I know that some people will go back no matter how many books preceded the one read, but although the overall storyline may be different, we kind of know what happens to characters so.......
Bryant and May are a bit preposterous. The characters are very unique and that is why I really like this series. Won't find these types of characters trotting through just every book you read!!
And being a senior citizen, I appreciate the story line that strongly notes the two main characters are brilliant because of the experience they have gained, and are far from worthless. They may have their detractors aplenty, but they always make them look like idiots when they solve the crimes.
Bjace - She is easily one of the funniest authors I have ever read. Her imagination seems to be limitless as far as what can happen in a family setting and just how many unique characters a family can have. And also how many relatives can pop up here and there all the time.
I have read the entire series and they just seem to get more and more funny. Hope you think so to and enjoy.
dyarington - Wow!! I did not know they had chosen Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher. This is a monumental mistake. Certainly they could have found someone who comes closer to being able to play the real character? They should have done a poll!!!
I cannot think of any movies he has made recently that I enjoyed. I did think that the first Mission Impossible was pretty good, but the sequels not so much.
The choice is a shame as there is little worse for a reader than enjoying a book and then being disappointed by the movie.
Looking forward to reading this one. I have followed all of her work and think she is great!!!
113: I like the old guys as principal characters too, and I am pretty much in sympathy with them, whether for outspoken opinionated crotchetiness or simple fear of climbing down a ladder. However, I didn't think as much of the second book as I did of the first. (Review)
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