happy new year, everyone.
i haven't blogged for a while because I figured you all were too busy drinking champagne to read my comments. But maybe i've been wrong and all that champagne makes my comments and anyone else's more interesting.
i've read loads of books during the interim. The library keeps calling me to return them. I will. I will.
i'll start with two negatives. i should have known better and i should not have finished kathy reichs' 'bones never lie.' i've read her dr, temperance brennan novels before. after all, she's written sixteen of them. and to me, all of them have the feeling of sitting in a lecture hall while someone enlightens me about forensic anthrolpology. it is cetainly an intersting subject, but i'd rather it be woven into the story or mixed with a little sex or humor. again we have a case or cases that go from charlotte to canada. reich knows what she is talking about. maybe you will care more than I did.
published by bantam books, the novel is 326 pages and sells for $27.00.
the surprise of my over-the-holidays reading was louise penny's 'the long way home.' i have read and loved her previous nine chief inspector gamache novels. And like all of her fans, i've been ready to retire (as gamache does in this novel) to the small candian village of three pines. but, oh my. three pines always had a touch of mysticism and everyone in it has always had a 'story.' in 'the long way home' this beautiful village seems more of a cover for a mental institution or some ten-step therapeutic place, the scenery continues to be beautiful, but where did the energy go?
published by minotaur books, the novel is 373 pages, and sells for $27.99.
happy new year to all. i won't be as cranky next submission!!!
two books you might enjoy:
janet evanovich’s ‘top secret twenty one’ &
susan coll’s ‘the stager.’
i have been quite negative about evanovich’s stephanie plum novels the past few years. she had taken formulaic writing to new lows, even to the edge of boredom. In ‘top secret’ however, she has returned to her formulas and her cast of characters (joe morelli, the boyfriend; ranger, the sex symbol (though joe isn’t so bad); grandma makur and her funerary viewings; and lula, the ex-ho) and made them fun again. no surprises here, but good entertainment for an evening of relaxation or a plane trip.
The 305-page novel is published by bantam books and sells for $28. it is probably available at your local library. I know for sure that it is available at the stark county district libraries.
In ‘the stager,’ susan coll has twisted the dysfunctional family novel in a few new directions. i especially give her credit for starring eve, an unemployed journalist-turned-stager as one of the chief protagonists. have you read a novel about a stager? i haven’t. it’s a peculiar profession and coll has developed a peculiar woman to take the role. we see most of the characters through her eyes. But coll does not try to trick or confuse the reader. First of all, she is good enough to have each character speak with an individual voice. To be sure we always know where we are, she also heads each chapter with the name of the character whose pov we’re sharing.
Slightly reminiscent of ‘we’re all absolutely beside ourselves,’ the288 page novel sells for $26.
Three short stories you also might enjoy:
In the anthology ‘even deadlier,’ which is a sequel to ‘the 7 deadly sins sampler’ published by the great books foundation, short stories by famous authors are paired with each of the seven deadly sins. They are probably all worth reading and thinking about. I have read the two selections under ‘lust’ and one under ‘sloth.’ You can find the stories individually on the internet. Try Aldous huxley’s ‘nuns at lunch;’ pam houston’s ‘cowboys are my weakness’; and dorothy parker’s satire, ‘the custard heart.’ You’ll like the stories and enjoy the many leveled connections you can make to the sins they illustrate.
You can order the anthology for $19.95 or again, find it at your library, at least at the stark county library.org.