Sunday, December 3, 2017

good novel, good non-fiction

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, 2017,by Daniel Mendelsohn. He is a classics prof at a university in NY and he does write about the Odyssey but the book is mostly about his father, and fathers and sons, and it is a very good book. Very insightful and really interesting to read. It is an odyssey in many different ways.

Finished The Soul of and Octopus by Sy Montgomery and it was a really interesting book too. Smart, perceptive, misunderstood creatures lurking in the oceans.

And the novel, Pachinko, 2017 by Min Jin Lee is a long but very good book. Interesting to read about Koreans in Japan, about which I knew nothing. Such racism, and for so long. Good story, good characters.

Monday, October 23, 2017

good mystery, good novel, interesting non-fictio

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr, 2017. Good book, continuing Bernies story and backtracking as well. Two stories, one in 1939 and one in 1956. They come together eventually but not til the very end. Bernie is his usual wise cracking thoughtful self.

Novel, The Unseen World by Liz Moore 2016. Different. But good characters and interesting writing about the development of AI and many unseen worlds merging - personal and techie.

Great non fiction book, the Soul of an Octopus, A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery, 2015. Really interesting. Who knew these creatures were smart and have blue blood? She writes about exploring their intelligence.

Friday, October 13, 2017

many mysteries - need for escape

Love You Dead by Peter James 2017. Good mystery

A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders, 2017. Another good mystery, the book publisher becomes the sleuth. Good characters

Peter Robinson Sleeping in the Ground, 2017. Another good DI Banks book.

IQ by Joe Ide 2017. Good book, wonderful characters. Main character Isaiah Quintabe’s nickname is IQ.
He's an interesting protaganist - very smart of course, but an off beat detective.

Glass houses by Louise Penny, 2017. Very good Inspector Gamauche mystery.

2 Coromant Strike books The Silkworm and again robert galbraith
Career of Evil. The TV production was good but so reduced, had to listen to these two again.

John le Carre A Legacy of Spies. 2017. Very good book, interesting take on our world, not just a mystery. Thoughtful. Made me watch the early BBC produtions again of Tinker Tailor

The Dry by jane Harper, austrailian writer. 2017. Good book. and the setting is very, very dry. Rural Australia well described. Good characters, good plot.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. 2017
pretty good book, the characters are holding up well. The plot not as good as Stieg;s though. Still, worth reading.

Deadly Deceit by Mari Hannah, 2013. A horrible road accident that is covering a murder in Northumberland. DCI Kate Daniels is the main character. Good mystery.

Mel MdGrath, Give me the Child, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bill Bryson and some mysteries

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson, 1999. Have never read anything by him before. It's a good book, about hiking and about all sorts of off-topic things, historical and environmental. Bit depressing, on how we have killed and ruined so much. But he writes well.

Deadly Deceit by MAri Hannah, 2013. An ok police procedural mystery

An audiobook, mystery, can remember nothing.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

a really irritating mystery and some good ones

Irritating one first, by Sophie Hannah, Little Face. 2006. Totally awful main character, whiny and miniuplative, no redeaming features. Skipped the last 3rd of the book and thought the ending was a waste of time.

Two of the three books that Angela Clarke has written. Very good mysteries. Characters are believable and likable. Just started the third book. Lots of social media built in - they are called the social media mysteries.
1. Follow me, 2015
2. Watch Me 2017
3. Trust Me 2017
Enjoyed them and hope she writes more.

Quicksand, 2017, by Swedish author - Malin Persson Giolito. good plot, you really don't know what she did or did not do until the end. Interesting study of a school shooting

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Two good mysteries and a really interesting non-fiction

Mark Billingham, reading his latest 2017 Tom Thorne mystery, the 14th in the seriesLove Like Blood. Very well written with timely and true topic of honour killing. His characters are good, plot good and he reads very well.

Sharon Bolton is another good mystery writer, Dead Woman Walking, 2017. Don't think I'll ever try a hot air balloon now. Complex plot, but interesting read.

Word by Word; the secret lives of dictionaires, by Kory Stamper 2017, is a great book. Who would think that reading about how dictionaries are created and maintained would be interesting but it really is. A lexicographer's life is not easy!

Monday, June 5, 2017

many mysteries

Three not so good mysteries
1. The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan ...not a bad book but a bit too cute. Not going to seek out any more by him. A cute baby elephant plays a key role.
2. Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry, not a bad book but way to much violence, too many guns.
3. Cannot even remember the title....

But then some good mysteries
In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear, 2017. Maisie saves the day again, interesting and well written, book 13 in the series. Missed one so must backtrack to fill in the gap. WW II is now starting.

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths. 2017. Always enjoy reading about Ruth and archiology and her detective adventrures in Norwhich. "even her secondary characters feel like memorable old friends" as a review on Amazon says.

A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders. Main character, Samantha Clair, is in publishing, which is very interesting to read about. This is the third of a series, must find the first two. Good characters and a good mystery. Funny and well written.

He Said, She said by Erin Kelly, 2017. Way too long, good plot but it does go on and on...interesting to read about eclispses and people who chase them, but characters get a bit irritating.