February 5th, 2011

El Corazon

19. Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile
by Dennis Lehane

Started: January 30, 2011
Finished: February 4, 2011

I didn't much care for the first half of this novel. It read a whole lot like a reasonably talented Patrick Kenzie fanfic writer (is there such a thing?) wanted to write a "15 years later" story about their favorite detective couple. But once the plot really got rolling and it became clear where the mystery part of the story was probably heading, I enjoyed this much more. A reasonably fun read overall. 324 pages. Grade: B
Total # of books read in 2011: 19
Total # of pages read in 2011: 4,900
Dead Dog Cat

#9, 10

Yesterday morning, before leaving for work, I finished reading another book by Bruce Alexander, the late author of a series of mystery novels set in pre-Revolutionary War London, with the protagonist a blind magistrate. This one was called Watery Grave. I've read several of them, and I continue to like the series. He does well with setting the scene, as well as the characterizations.

Then, while I was standing in line for the Lobsta Truck at the First Friday event at the Speedzone, I finished reading on my E-Book Osprey Warrior #62: Prussian Regular Infantryman 1805 - 15, which was OK, but not as interesting as others that I've read from this publisher.

# 5 Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

Of course I've known the basic story of Anna Karenina, who has an affair with Count Vronsky and comes to grief. Because the basic story outline did not appeal to me, I have waited this long to read Anna Karenina. That has got to be the greatest literary mistake of my life!

I had absolutely no idea of Tolstoy's gift for writing on such a grand, panoramic scale while at the same time writing with such great attention to detail. What really blew me away, though, was his ability to put both himself and the reader inside the heads of so many diverse characters. It is obvious that not only must he have been a great observer of human behavior, but he must also have spent a great amount of time on reflexion and self-examination. Never before have I encountered a writer with such ability to capture the essence of what it is that makes us human.

Anna Karenina has caused me to fall in love with reading all over again!