December 9th, 2009


# 81 A Christmas Beginning

A Christmas Beginning

Anne Perry

When Scotland Yard Superintendent Runcorn decides to spend the holidays on Anglesey Isle, Wales, his intention was to get away from the crowds, noise, and dirt of London and enjoy the peace and quiet under wide-open skies suspended over softly rolling, sheep-covered hills. The last thing he expected was to find the body of thre vicar's young sister at his feet as he ambled through the graveyard, and to be called on to help with the investigation.

Closely bound up in the investigation, and complicating matters is Melisande, a woman for whom Runcorn has strong feelings, and whose difference in class and engagement to the man who is heading the investigation puts her out of Runcorn's league.

I really loved A Christmas Beginning, although it wasn't very cozy or Christmassy. I liked the characters, though, and found their psychology and motives to be pretty realistic and interesting. The interplay and connections between the characters was pretty fascinating as well.

I'm definitely going to be reading more of Anne Perry, in fact I have already requested two more of her Christmas books from the library, and if those are as good as this was, I'll be starting on the Monk series.

I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up having a look 'round Anne Perry's website, and found it interesting as well!

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Books 60 & 61 for 2009

The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein

Another book which arouses mixed feelings.Collapse )

The Cat Who Saw Red by Lillian Jackson Braun

I think this is the second of this series of detective stories featuring reporter Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. The stories are slight, and the writing is pedestrian verging on clunky, but I read these mainly for the cats. This one involves a pottery, an old flame of Qwilleran's and lots of fine dining - reading this made me hungry! Lightweight and amusing.

Book 60

Book 60
By George - Wesley Stace

You wouldn't think a coming-of-age story told in parallel narratives of a young boy and an old ventriloquist's dummy would be hard to put down.
You would be wrong.
George is an English boy growing up in a Vaudeville/show business family in the 1970s. George is also the dummy - ahem, "boy" - of the schoolboy's grandfather, a World War II-era ventriloquist known for his heroic shows to troops on the front lines.
The book unfolds with first-person storytelling of a plot that focuses on absentee fathers - the two Georges are the only men in the family, or so it appears - and family secrets that slowly begin to explain new connections to one another.
And, by using the dummy as well as George and his grandfather's sometimes mute lives, the book also examines the idea of finding, and creating, your own voice. It might seem overt, but Stace writes with a subtly that is both moving and engrossing.
I didn't realize until I'd completed the book and read the artist blurb that Stace is actually the given name of folk singer John Wesley Harding. Knowing that a musical artist posed such questions on voice and writing somehow makes it even better.
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52 and 53

52. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
I was reluctant to begin reading this, simply becuase it is the last book i have to read for one of my classes, and this week is insane for me. BUt i was extremely glad that i did read it. It is a beautiful story of healing and redemtpion in a familyof women. I won't really say anything else, but if you are interested in folk art or Haitian culture, or just stories focused on women and their lives and struggles, you will probably like this book.

53. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer-righto, so i've been wanting to reead this series for quite awhile, yet whenever i see copies cheap enough for me to buy, they're always the second book (thanks ever so much, borders...) anywho, i found a copy of the first one at a little used bookstore in Bowling Green, Ohio, gotta love those! I finally got to read it. It was pretty fun. Not amazing, or mind blowing, but i liked the new take on fairies and the People, and i especially love Irish mythology,so it was neat to see a different twist on it. If young adult fiction is your thing, then definitely give this book a go.

on another note, i've decided to up my goal to 75 for next year, since this year it was almost laughably easy to reach the goal and because there are SO many books out there to read! I feel so behind and that's with reading 53 books so far this year and learning/skimming about 5 or 6 others for my classes. (i'm a bit of a purist, so even if i know the story well, i don't count it as "being read")
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