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Archive for July, 2010
I have to admit right up front that up until recently, I’ve not been what you might call a “fan” of mysteries and serial killer books. However, in the past few years I’ve also found that I can enjoy a fast-paced, well-written mystery (so long as it is not obvious who killed the victim within the first three chapters). My chief complaint with the mysteries that I seemed to pick up was that they were always formulaic, written poorly, lacked character development, and were so easy to figure out that I knew “who did it” within the first 50 pages. Well that’s just no fun for me as a reader!
Then, last summer, I read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and my interest in the genre of mystery was renewed. I plowed through those books, finishing the series in January after my beloved bought me the third copy from Ireland…..and was left wanting more. Well, Larsson’s dead and I had yet to find anything else to replace him, so I started asking around and taking suggestions in my hunt for another good thriller. Continue reading »
I was at my local library last week browsing the new arrival books and was excited to see Cathleen Schine’s “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.” Schine is one of many authors whose books I’ve read for years and I am usually first in line to buy her newest one upon its release. I hadn’t yet gotten this and was praising my lucky stars that I was able to get it free from the library. Continue reading »
As I was musing in a previous blog entry, one of the most fascinating books that I’ve read in the past few months was “The Lost City of Z” by David Grann. This book absolutely captivated me and I read it in about 2 days, which isn’t too shabby considering I started reading it on a workday!
I’ve tried to put my finger on what was so great about this book and why I enjoyed it so much, and I’ve finally determined that it was everything about the way Grann told his story, and interwove it with the story of Percy Fawcett. Continue reading »
Do you ever finish one book, think that you know exactly what you’re going to read next, only to pick that book up and immediately toss it aside, because you’re just not in the mood? I think you readers know what I’m talking about. I know it happens to me every now and again, and that it happens to some of my family and friends too. Continue reading »