December 26th, 2010

reading a book

Book 140: The Anniversary Man by R.J. Ellory

Book 140: The Anniversary Man.
Author: R.J. Ellory, 2009.
Genre: Crime fiction. Police procedural.
Other Details: Paperback. 464 pages.

In the summer of 1984 teenager John Costello and his girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged 'Hammer of God' serial killer who terrorised New Jersey City. Nadia was killed but John survived, though he was psychologically scarred by the attack in ways no one could really comprehend. As a result he slowly withdrew more and more from society. In modern day New York he now works as a crime researcher for a major newspaper. He may be damaged but there is no one in New York who knows more about serial killers. When a new spate of murders starts - all seemingly random and unrelated - John is the only one who is able to discern the complex pattern that lies behind them. The novel focuses upon the police investigation by dogged New York detective Ray Irving aided by information provided by crime reporter Karen Langley and her reclusive researcher Costello.

Ellory's writing is excellent, and he certainly knows how to generate a sense of nail-biting tension. In the opening chapters there is a section where John Costello recalls the attack upon he and Nadia; which I found it a stunning piece of writing.

This has been described by one critic as 'the serial killer novel to end all serial killer novels' and I'd say that was quite an accurate description.Ellory has obviously done a great deal of research into real life serial killers and has woven this into the story.This was a gripping story with a fresh take on the serial killer genre. I found it almost impossible to put down.
El Corazon

251. Texas Disasters...

Texas Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival
by Mike Cox

Started: December 25, 2010
Finished: December 26, 2010

I have the same complaint about this as I did about the previous book by Cox that I read--namely that he's just not a very interesting writer. There are a couple of semi-decent stories in here but the writing style just put me to sleep. He's not a bad writer, he's just a boring one. I only read this because there was a copy in my bedroom when I moved into the place I'm living now and I was hard up for something to start last night. I need to visit the library tomorrow. 230 pages. Grade: D
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 251
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 62,473
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23. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

Title: The Redemption of Althalus
Authors: David & Leigh Eddings
Publisher: Del Rey
Year: 2000
# of pages: 792
Date read: 4/3/2010
Rating: 3*/5 = good


"Althalus is an unrepentant rogue and scoundrel. Yet of all men in the world, it is Althalus who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness.

On this way to stealing The Book from the House at the End of the World Althalus collides head-on with his unique destiny-- and Dweia, a seductive goddess who just happens to be a cat. Dweia can manipulate time. Unfortunately, as can her evil brother. . . and he has been using his own dark magic to rewrite history itself. The only people who can stop him are Althalus and a ragtag group of men, women, and children. But they have no reason to trust Althalus -- or one another." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this fantasy adventure very much. I liked how Althalus and his friends learn to work together as they battle Daeva and the forces of darkness. I also like the use of "doors" to get from place to place (and from time to time).
Reading feet


36. The Gatecrasher - Madeline Wickham (3)
37. A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True - Brigid Pasulka (4)
38. The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards (3)
39. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (4)
40. Beauty and the Beast - Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (3)
41. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (5)
42. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert (3.5)

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