Wow, so busy this month but I am still chipping away. These are a great selection of books.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami All I can say is this is a weird book. For the first half you have three different stories running together. There is a lot of crazy things happening. There is a little more discussion about bodily functions and parts than I care to read. But over all it was a unique read.
Double Cross by James Patterson This is a typical murder/cop books. One of the many Patterson puts out a year. The characters are well developed and the storyline is easy to follow. No frills or extra twists. I imagine it is hard to be extra creative when you produce multiple books in a year.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein Another classic Sci-fi. This one is computer/AI related. Really enjoying the tone of the story. Makes you wonder how smart computers can be.
Once Gone by Black Pierce
I try to get a good combination of all genres. I tend to lean towards fantasy but anything is worth trying. I have a great start to the year with these books. I have another 8 sitting on my nightstand and some dozens in my Amazon wish list.
Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A wonderful Doyle classic that I have on audio. I listen to this on my way to and from work. It is a great distraction for any commuter. I was very excited to learn this was the story of when Sherlock and Watson meet. It was so wonderful to see the devolvement of their relationship. As always, Doyle writes in a most detailed manner like he was actually at the crime scene.
Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: By far one of my favorite set of authors. I have read everything they have published. Their main series, the Pendergast Series, is beyond a work of genius. Their individual side stories are equally engaging and riveting. The Gideon Series is no less amazing. If you have never read in your life or are looking for something new look no farther then Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Song of the Beast by Carol Berg: This book I found in a library sale for .99. So glad I grabbed it because I think I have found another author to follow. The story isn’t for the light of heart. Our main character was just released from a torture camp after 17 year. All for a crime he didn’t know he committed. Berg does a wonderful job keeping you on the edge of your seat as you see what Aiden finds out about his prison sentence. Great stand alone story but you will want to read Bergs other series.
Jackaby by William Ritter: This book was suggested on another blog I read. I have to admit I was very impressed with this story. The cover says its Sherlock Holmes meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not far from the truth. Great fun little story set in the 1800s. It was a fun book to read. There are more in the series and I might just have to read them.
Other Books I read:
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
From Russia with Love by Ian Flemming
Dragon Revenant (book 4) by Katharine Kerr
So I will start reviewing some of the books I read. Perhaps through me you can find a new place to escape to even if its only for a few hours. Of course, because I will have to finish the book all my reviews will be one month behind. Please suggest books too. I never can find enough.
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clark: Written in 1973 I listened to it on audiobook with a horrible narrator. There has to be something said for a story if it can be told through a monotone storyteller and still be enrapturing. Set in our future the people of Earth have found what turns out to be a cylindrical alien starship. A team is dispatched to the starship to identify any alien races or technologies.
This story is truly a work of art. To be able to describe something that is completely non-human from a totally human life is talent. I was enthralled the entire story.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons: Written 1989 this award winning book is a must read or in my case listen. Thankfully this narrator knew his business and was able to tell this story in the way it was intended. The story of Hyperion is really a pilgrimage and told from the view point of 6 pilgrims. Each person’s reason and background for taking the trip is literally worlds apart. However, they all fit together with clues to why they have been called to the planet Hyperion.
I have to give a writer props if the is able to split himself into so many pieces to complete such a fantastic tale. The character are deep and well devolved. If you are a SciFi fan this is a great book but be warned you will have to read the rest of the series.
Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: Published in 2014, I found this book through another blogger’s review. I have to say it was not a let down and I finished the book in only two days. The reading is very easy and while I wont say its a teen’s book I think most anyone could read it.
Irene is a Librarian. Her job is to find books…in other universes and multiverse. For someone who isn’t up to the science of multiverse this book does a good job of giving you the information to move along with the story. You follow Irene in her struggle to get just one book. You learn about her past and her peers. You also get to play detective along the way. Great easy read just know there are more in then just this story. You will probably be reading the next few in the series too.
Nightblade by Garrett Robinson: I was offered this book in free kindle format. I must of gotten 15 emails asking if I liked it before I got a chance to read it. However, once I started reading I was hooked. This is a fast-paced, action-packed story that leaves you breathless is great for all ages.
The story is about a young girl who runs away to find better fortunes elsewhere. She becomes entangled in a web of adventure from the word GO. Her first acquaintance leaves her in the middle of the night and her next acquaintance tries to kill her. With enemies closing in things look dark but our heroine finds a way to freedom an learns a little more about the world too.