June 14th, 2015

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Since time was short, the last few days, I have to catch up with posts about books read.

First of all, I finished reading Hamburger: A Global History which dealt a little bit with the origin of the hamburger, and more thoroughly with the history of this food as a tale about fast food. The book deals heavily with the history of the major burger chains in the US and later world-wide. Moderately interesting.

Then, I read Osprey Men-At-Arms #68: Napoleon's Line Chasseurs which was somewhat disappointing. I guess I'm used to the later Ospreys, with excellent plates and photos; this one seemed thrown together in people's sleep. The text was acceptable but I expect more from them.
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Books #27-28

Book #27 was "Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony" by Eoin Colfer as an audiobook. I really like this series, and this was another fun addition. I was joking that it should have been called "Artemis Fowl vs. Puberty" since our main character is 14 and very distracted by girls. Artemis Fowl once again gets entangled with the fairy folk as members of the fairies' "lost tribe" of demons starts appearing at random times and locations around the globe and then disappearing again. Artemis runs up against girl adolescent mastermind who is also onto the demon issue. but she wants to kidnap one for nefarious purposes. The main demon character is hilarious, but I don't want to say too much and spoil it. As with any time travel storyline, you will drive yourself crazy if you try to make all the pieces fit logically together, but it was still a lot of fun. The ending was a bit traumatic for Artemis, so it will be interesting to see how the implications play out in the next book.

Book #28 was "Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing" by May Sarton. I'd seen this on some best of LGBT fiction lists and I'd read interviews with Sarton in the past that made her sound like a really interesting character. The book's structure is very simple - the main character is an elderly woman poet, and the story starts on the morning two interviewers are coming to talk to her about her work, including a recent very popuplar volume of poetry. She is also mentoring a young man in the neighborhood who has had an unhappy love affair and is teaching him to work his issues out by writing poetry. I really liked the book a lot, and particularly her observations about being an independent woman artist in the world, how people change us and affect us and become our muses. I felt the pacing in the last half of the "interview" section of the book was off and it got bogged down a little, but that's really my only complaint. Overall, I really loved this book and would like to read more by the author, particularly her memoirs.

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Book 68

Until Death Do Us Part Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes Vol. 7 & 8 (Until Death Do Us Part Omnibus, #4)Until Death Do Us Part Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes Vol. 7 & 8 by Hiroshi Takashige

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I'm beginning to loose patience with this one. It has a ton of potential but like so many action-based manga it concentrates far too much on the fight scenes and leaves the plot development languish. It's turning into Mamoru fights bad guys, Igawa worries and hacks systems, Haruka chases after Mamoru even though he tells her not to and the rest of the team stands around.

I was beginning to hope for more in the beginning of the volume where Mamoru and Genda face off. We learn a little bit about Genda and we meet a new member of the team Kilo who nearly screws up bad. After the beat down of the villains in the park, there is an arc that has Haruka forseeing the death of a classmate and it lands her squarely in the next play of the villains, setting the Yakuza groups against each other. The classmate is the daughter of one of the leaders.

She takes off without telling anyone nearly getting everyone killed, in spite of her rather brilliant attempts to help them. Kilo and Mamoru do arrive to help and we learn more about Kilo and Sierra.

I wish this would do more than that. There is no character development any more except for the villains. I knew more about them than I do anyone else.

Wiseman is smarter than everyone else, villain (which he is) and hero. He sets up a trap for Mamoru that's diabolic.

So to sum up, it ends on another cliffhanger, the art is outstanding and there's plenty of action. However, it really needs to start with plot/character development to keep me onboard.



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Book 58: The Death Season by Kate Ellis

Book 58: The Death Season (Wesley Peterson #19).
Author: Kate Ellis, 2015.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Police Procedural. Archaeology.
Other Details: ebook. 385 pages.

When DI Wesley Peterson is summoned to investigate a killing, he assumes that the case is a routine matter. But soon dark secrets and deadly deceptions start to emerge from the victim's past, and Wesley begins to realise that a simple incident of cold-blooded murder is altogether more calculated and complicated that he could ever imagine.

Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson is pulled from the historic Paradise Court to a ruined village from the First World War. Even with the help of the attractive and enigmatic Lucy, Neil cannot shake the feeling that something is missing from his explorations: a cryptic clue that might have been lost when Sandrock tumbled into the sea many years ago. A clue that could help Wesley solve his most puzzling case to date.
- synopsis from author's website.

What a treat it was to find that a new Wesley Peterson book had recently been published. I downloaded it onto my Kindle and settled right in for a pleasurable few days of a compelling mystery. The Death Season proved another winner in this consistently excellent series of police procedurals set in South Devon. As with all the books in the series the events of the present find echoes in those of the past.

Although in this instance I did spot whodunit before the reveal, there were still twists that I didn't see coming. I do continue to find Wesley's wife rather unsympathetic. There are women who understand the demands of a job such as his and Pam just isn't one of them and her passive-aggressive behaviour just winds me up. Still, he just is not the straying type so unless she walks out...