Thursday, June 05, 2008

Another Pile of Stuff. From Ruth the Page this time.

Fiction

The Other by David Guterson. John and Neil are sixteen when they meet, become friends, and explore Washington state's back country. Years later Neil is a family man and teacher while John has dropped out of society to live in the woods. John asks Neil to help him "disappear completely."

The Parting by Beverly Lewis. Book 1 in the Courtship of Nellie Fisher series. Christian themed romance with Amish characters. What is it about the Amish that fascinate Christian Lit authors?

Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. 707 pages of chick lit set in 1900 London. Woman doctor in London slums falls for notorious gangster.

Lost City by Henry Shukman. Grieving and recently discharged from the British Army Jackson travels to the Peruvian jungle to search for a vanished Peruvian capital city.

Resolution by Robert B. Parker. "I had an eight-gauge shotgun that I'd taken with me when I left Wells Fargo. It didn't take too long for things to develop. I sat in the tall lookout chair in the back of the saloon with the shotgun in my lap for two peaceful nights. On my third night it was different. I could almost smell trouble beginning to cook."
Eight gauge? Does he have a tripod to aim and fire the thing?

Plague Ship by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. Ship sinks and guys look for it.

Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca Flowers. Prudence is 36, unmarried, childless and now dumped by her boyfriend. Things turn around with "colorful characters" in her D.C. neighborhood.

A Pile of Stuff from Angie the Page

Fiction

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk. Porn actress Cassie Wright films a 600 man gangbang told from the perspectives of Mr 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600.

Money Shot by Christa Faust. A great tie-in to Snuff. Former porn gal Angel Dare agrees to come out of retirement for one picture but ends up "shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car." Another fine original from the people at Hard Case Crime.

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child. Fan favorite Jack Reacher gets upset while looking for coffee and takes on a whole town.

Host by Stephanie Meyer. The world has been invaded by alien souls who take over human bodies. Melanie resists the attempts of Wanderer to invade her mind and take over her body. The two become allies in finding Melanie's boyfriend.

Death and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin and William Butterworth IV. Espionage in World War II. I've only read a couple Griffin novels but if you want World War Two espionage go the best, Alan Furst.

Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst. Competing civilian and military spies from Germany, France and Poland in Warsaw. Furst does fantastic work. Great characters and perfectly used settings. The coming disaster of World War Two is always in the reader's mind and is exploited by Furst's plotting.

Heart Break Pill by Anjanette Delgado. Successful Miami scientist Erika's husband leaves her for another woman. Erika works to develop a cure for heartache. Chick book.

Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski. Swizzlestickerinski's novels are a fast-paced, pulp-style with plenty of action. Jamie arrives for a staff meeting and his boss tells everyone, "'We're a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And we're being shut down.' Jamie's boss tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds they'll fall asleep - for good. If they refuse, they'll be shot in the head."
What? Here is a case of really needing to suspend disbelief.

Sea of Lost Love by Santa Montefiore. You're on your own with this one.

Soul by Tobsha Learner. I bought the Witch of Cologne and that checked out well so I got this one too.

Mystery

Devils of Bakersfield by John Shannon. Jack Liffey and daughter Maeve are caught up in witch hunt hysteria in Bakersfield.
Ever watch Bakersfield, P.D.? It was a funny show but ran on Fox TV for only one season.

Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman. I don't care.

Blood Trail by C.J. Box. "A Joe Pickett Novel." These are supposed to be pretty good.

NonFiction

A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs. More Burroughs family craziness.

Large Print


Queenpin by Megan Abbott. Judging by the title and cover this is some good looking gal who becomes a crime boss or something.

The Front by Patricia Cornwell. Still don't care.

Parenting Collection

Ultimate Book of Family Travel : planning, surviving, and enjoying your vacation together by Emily Kaufman. I do care about this one. I won't read it anyway.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What to Read 3

Some suggestions.



Comeback by Richard Stark.
Whack-a-Mole by Chris Grabenstein.
Hose Monkey by Tony Spinosa.
The Terror by Dan Simmons.