Another great start to the new year. Finished last year with 53 books. Not bad!
Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: Wow! What a crazy collection of stories. It is good fun and fun to read. A very easy and enjoyable read. I have it on audio and the narrator is great.
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey: I have been putting off these books of Pern for no good reason. I don’t know why I was so stubborn because these are really great stories with a fantastic premise. If you like a good fantasy book with dragons and crazy planets read these books.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: After all the drama of the Twilight movies many people have blacklisted her books. Meyers is a great author. Just because of the poor acting that made the movies a joke doesn’t mean her other books are bad. The Chemist is another great story. Another strong woman main character that works to keep from getting killed. A must read for any mystery/ action lover.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: This is an award winning SciFi book. It is a fantastic read. While it takes a bit getting used to the “language” of Planet Winter, the most interesting thing is the inhabitants are genderless. Being a genderless culture has really affected the growth of the planet. If you love SciFi or just want to read something new. Try this book!
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: Another great Post Apocalyptic story. It talks about genetic enhanced animals and a world gone awry. A young man, with flashbacks to his childhood, tries to make sense of the world around him.
As many of you know I am a reader. I love books. What can I say? Reading a new book is like learning a new language, a new accent, a new person. I just recently finished one and moved on to another and a thought came to me. Books are like people in that each has a voice, soul, a way of speaking. I find that sometimes it takes a few chapters for me to learn the new “person.” I have to learn their style of wit and humor. I have to adapt to their accent or style of speaking. It is kind of becoming friends with a new person you learn all their likes and dislikes. There are some books that I instantly get along with and others that I have to work at the relationship. Makes me wonder how much of the author is in the story. Is it just made up or is it really a part of them.
I think I am up to 36 books this year, but who’s counting.
The Posionwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Just wow. This is a fantastic story about a Southern Baptist Preacher who takes his family into the Congo to convert the locals. If you don’t know anything about southern Baptist Preachers, let me tell you they are fire and brimstone kind of people. The story is told from the voice of the wife and four daughters. I always am amazed when an author can break themselves into so many voices well. It’s not an easy thing. The end drags a little but totally a great read.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton This is a young adult book and reads very easily. It is a lovely story of an orphan trying to make her place in a male dominated world. Gives an insight into a culture that still doesn’t feel women are equal. It is fast and fun and adventurous. Great break from any serious reading.
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern This was a fantastic book! Lots of magic and mystery. The story keeps moving between characters and a few different years but beyond that its a straight forward read. The characters are well developed and deep. If you love the circus this is a must read!
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton As always Crichton produces a fantastic story full of interesting facts. This book has more information in it that you might feel like you should be taking notes. If you ever wanted to know about British criminals in the mid 1800s this is a must read. Intertwined in all these facts is a sly story about a train robbery.
The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton Another amazing Crichton book. All his stories push the bounds of imagination and this is more of the same. What would happen when we implant computers into our bodies? Do we become more machine?
Scourge by Gail Martin Ghouls are on the prowl killing anyone who gets in their way. Their attacks are on the rise and the governing body are more worried about their coffers then public safety. That leave three brothers to take up the attack and push the evil away! They have their own losses to deal with and this job isn’t getting any easier. Will they be able to find the cause of this turmoil? (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)
Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley At the turn of the century, Adventure calls to Merrick. Nearly crippled and still mending he will do anything to get away from his family home. Now he goes in search of the cure– to malaria and, quite possibly, for himself. Not stop action will have you on the edge of our seat! You will not be able to stop reading. (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)
Dream Me by Kathryn Berla The end of the world is close and you can either lay down and wait or leave everyone behind and travel to the stars. But for Zat so much more is at stake. His dreams connects him will a woman from the very distant past. Can he make it to her? Babe, forever alone, has moved with her family once again. No friends in this new place she clings tightly to the strange dreams she has been having. Can they come together with all these years between them? (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)
The First Day by Phil Harrison No one is above love and lust, least of all a married pastor who meets a beautiful woman. While their love of Christ draws them together they are unable to stop the passion that fills both of them. Now a baby is on the way and the scandal is known. What can a poor pastor do?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman In London, Richard thinks his world is moving along just fine. His lovely girlfriend makes sure he is dressed in the proper clothes, sees the proper sights, and when it is proper to propose to her. However, on that very night the bloodied body of a young girl changes everything. Forsaking his previous life Richard goes on a journey to help that poor girl change the London he never knew about.
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver This is another one of those talented authors that can split themselves into different personalities. I imagine it must be a special ability to write so convincingly in different ages and personalities. This book gives you an insight into the Congo in the 60s and a missionary family left to fend for themselves. It is a fantastic story told from a Preacher’s Wife and their 4 daughters. Totally a must read.
The Ninth Circle by R. A. Harland Fantastic women’s version of The Dresden Files. Two sisters in search of their third. Powerful and strong women that will let nothing get in their way. Harland does a fantastic job building these characters and you can really feel their bond of kinship. Story flows well and goes by way too quickly. I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger This was a delightfully fun book. A simple, but classy, country girl goes off to finishing school. However, it isn’t a finishing school of the normal sense but instead, the school teaches you how to “finish” or kill a person. Great fun! The story is super fun and bright. The characters are lovely and well thought out. If you really like this one there is more in the series.
Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum The suspense is killing me! This story is placed in Western Washington in a little town that only the locals might know. Makes the book even more special to Washingtonians. That aside this is a all around fantastic story. Very well devolved involving a tangled web around the Royal Casino. From the first bet placed you are hooked. The author does a fantastic job including explanations of the different type of games and casino life without boring the avid card play or insult the ignorant. You might even learn a new card trick or two. You will have a hard time putting this book down. I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr. Wow this is a interesting book. Just a little out there and unfortunately it drags toward the end. Great story about the end of the world as we know it. It is a little tongue in cheek. If you want an idea about what could happen after all the world leaders nuke each other this is the book for you.
Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law Fantastic story of courage and friendship. Asher has always been shunned because he might have been the reason for his mothers death. After learning about a prophecy he find the truth is much more complicated. Together with his friends Asher goes on an amazing adventure to save the universe!!!
Take it to the Grave: Part One by Zoe Carter Hooked from the word go!!! Your heart goes out to new mother Sarah. She tries to be the perfect mother but with a flirtatious husband and a judgmental mother-in-law its hard. Sarah’s sister Maisey is a nurse without borders and is working hard to keep their childhood at bay. There is a huge past hanging over these girls but what can they do overcome it?
Other books Read
Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Terminal Man by Michael Crichon
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