March 24th, 2010

Pam-Right hand Woman

No. 14 for 2010

Title: Money to Burn
Author: James Grippando
Rating: 4/5
Book: 14/50 (28% completed)
Book in personal challenge with niun: 6/50 Fantasy, 8/50 Mystery and 0/25 Classics
Pages: 358 pgs
Total Pages 5,303/15,000 pages (35.35% completed)
Next up: The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Another great read by Grippando. Full of twists, turns and actions, this book definately keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Moon Ship

Books 12-13: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix & Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan

Here are books twelve and thirteen from my Book List 2010. The links lead to more detailed reviews in my journal.

12. Title: The Keys to the Kingdom Book Six: Superior Saturday
Author: Garth Nix © 2008
Pages: 278
Thoughts: Link
Review in five words or less: Memorable nemesis; dynamic House politics.
Personal Rating: «««¾ out of five.

"On the sixth day, there was sorcery."

Arthur Penhaligan faces his most cunning nemesis to date, the ruthlessly destructive Superior Saturday. Her domain is the Upper House and she wields a tremendous amount of power with the Sixth Key. Saturday has spent the last few thousand years in the House hatching a plan for ultimate control—control that she feels was wrongly denied to her. Everything in the House is rapidly deteriorating and it is up to Arthur to save everyone from the effects of Saturday's driven quest.

Of all the House trustees that Arthur has faced, Saturday is one of the more memorable ones. She is completely single-minded about her goals and is willing to do anything to achieve them. In this installment, we learn a lot about the political machinations taking place in the House and the distribution of power. Saturday's realm is a bizarre mix of corporate cutthroat sorcery with touches of whimsy. It was absorbing and I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the series which I will start today. I definitely recommend this book and series to those who like YA fantasy.

13. Title: Ranger's Apprentice Book 7: Erak's Ransom
Author: John Flanagan © 2007
Pages: 373
Thoughts: Link
Review in five words or less: Action-packed; riveting battle scenes.
Personal Rating: ««««¼ out of five.

Will's adventures continue when Erak, the Oberjarl of Skandia is kidnapped and held for ransom. Erak has close personal ties to Will and Halt and they agree to accompany a diplomatic contingent to Arrida to negotiate the ransom and safe release of the Oberjarl.

While traveling through the desert in Arrida, Will becomes separated from the delegation. Alone and unused to the harsh and exacting desert climate, he must somehow find a way to survive the elements and continue the mission. Meanwhile, the others have their own set of problems when confronted by dangerous nomads.

Even though the books are pretty predictable, I really like this series a lot, and this story was wonderfully riveting addition. Though the series centers around Will, it was great to see other characters from past books here. I was particularly pleased to see Gilan, one of my favorite secondary characters. As usual, Flanagan does a remarkable job with writing battle and action scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I definitely recommend it to those who like the Ranger's Apprentice series.

13 / 50 books. 26% done!

4445 / 15,000 pages. 30% done!

Book 10 - The Bone Collector | Book 11 - The Coffin Dancer

book 10Title: The Bone Collector
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller

Plot: Noted forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme was left a quadruplegic after an accident at a crime scene. But his brilliant mind is needed when a serial killer starts kidnapping and killing people in his home of New York City. He begins to teach protegée Amelia Sachs the procedures of Crime Scene work as they hunt down the killer.
My Thoughts: Lincoln is a shit, personality-wise. And yet, he's so much fun to read about to me. He has reason for it, but even better, people aren't afraid to put him in his place for it (most notably Thom, his caregiver/aide). But there's more to him than simply being an asshole, and part of what draws me so deeply into these books is the different characters and the way their personalities have depth. Lincoln and Amelia are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but you also get a feel for Thom, for Selitto and Dellray, for Jerry Banks, and even, at times, for the killer. Jeffery Deaver digs into the thoughts of everyone, killer included, and yet does so in a way that leaves us guessing as to just who the killer is, and what the ultimate goal might be.

There's also the forensic science to work with, and that procedure fascinates me. While I don't anticipate that Deaver's forensic procedures are completely by the book, they are comfortable enough with the book that it doesn't leave me frowning in frustration, or failing to enjoy the book. There is puzzle, there is interplay, and there is suspense, and all of those combine to frustrate me only when I'm forced to put the book down and focus on the real world again.

Would I read this book again? DEFINITELY! This entire series is one of my favorites. Each time I pick it up, I find myself sucked back into the interplay between the characters, and the teasing clues that the killer leaves us.


book 11Title: The Coffin Dancer
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller

Plot: A bomb on a plane, two witnesses to protect in a federal investigation, and "the one that got away" are what draw Lincoln's attention to the case in the second book of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Alongside Amelia, Rhyme returns to track down a clever killer.
My Thoughts: Deaver's back with Lincoln and Amelia, and once more the forensics and emotions are two of my favorite things. Characters grow in this series, becoming more than a simple sum of their parts. Lincoln's still a shit, but he's changed, and you can see it. And there's a lovely little hint at a subplot, which continues the length of the series, that begins to coalesce. It was in the first book, certainly, but it needles at your brain here, and makes you aware of itself. Masterful twists and turns also lead you on a merry chase, as they lead Lincoln and Amelia.

Would I read this book again? Absolutely! I find the second book just as intriguing as the first, and just as much an addiction to read.

My List

Broken Wimpy

The Broken Sword, by Poul Anderson (reread)
My friend showed me this book and said it was deeply weird and pretty bleak and I didn't think I was in the mood for it but then I had a flashback to reading it as a teenager and I realized I was in the mood and then a few days later I read it and I really liked it and it's kind of like a Norse saga and kind of like Shakespeare and kind of like Sophocles and mostly like "oh THAT was what D&D was drawing from besides Tolkien". *deep breath* So, you know, if that sounds good to you, you should read it. Other random statements about this book: I could tell the author had read Eddington, too. It was originally written in the 50s and the version I read was repubbed in the 70s. My favorite line from this book (not really a spoiler) is "Dead, dead, all dead, all slain." The fact that that isn't really a spoiler probably tells you as much about the story as anything else I might say.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney
Oddly compelling - I thought they were just okay (though I would've loved them at the right age) and yet I couldn't put them down. Guess my subconscious & conscious minds were in disagreement. The humor was not LOL so much as "ha, I remember that".
(54/200, 55/200, 56/200)
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