July 2nd, 2016

Dead Dog Cat

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I read fewer books this week than the last couple, as my workload increases.

First was Preacher: Book Four rapidly followed by Preacher: Book Five, the graphic novels of the comic series that's turned into a TV show recently. There's one more book to go in this saga.

Then, Osprey Men-At-Arms #15: Foot Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard, a lot of detail about these French soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars. Unfortunately, I didn't find this particular one all that engaging. Too bad...

Book 33

Title: Unfallen Dead
Author: Mark Del Franco
Series: part three of "Connor Grey", follows Unquiet Dreams
Pages: 309
Summary: Samhain, the night when the veil fades between this world and the afterlife, and the Dead walk the earth. For a century since the Convergence of Faerie and modern reality, the Ways have been closed. But now signs point to the chance that the veil may lift again.

Connor Grey's not interested.

Not when a queen of Faerie is interrogating him about his involvement in a recent near apocalypse. Not when Dylan macBain, his old partner at the Guild, stirs memories of the past he'd rather forget. And not when a homeless man turns up dead with druidic runes slashed across his forehead.

What begins as a revenge killing turns into something far more sinister as Boston is torn apart by forces beyond control. Connor must chose whether to trust his friends or his enemies - and the wrong decision may cost him his life.

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Book #27: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Number of pages: 492

The third Cormoran Strike novel feels a little different than the first two. It might be because it opens with an unidentified character who is vowing revenge on Strike, or it might be just because the main case involves Strike more personally than the previous two.

Shortly into the book, Strike and his partner Robin are sent a woman's severed leg in the post; the leg has been specifically cut off in the exact manner that Strike's own leg was amputated. It all seems to be part of a plot of discredit him, and not surprisingly, it does lead to a murder victim.

What was really good about this book was that I got a few glimpses into cases from Strike's past, as he started to think about who might want revenge on him. The title comes from a song by Blue Öyster Cult song, but I started to suspect that JK Rowling was trying to hint that Strike had a "career of evil", as various skeletons on his closet were unearthed. The plot also led to the quite disturbing subject of people with a psychological condition that made them want to have a leg amputated or to deliberately have an accident that left them paralysed (my understanding is that this is frighteningly real).

The plot gave a lot of development towards Strike's relationship with Robin, who spends a lot of the novel seemingly being stalked by her ex-fiansee, who also seems to dislike Robin working with Strike. I noticed the relationship becoming particularly strained towards the end of the book, and you'll find out why when you read it.

I love the way that the characters are written, and how Rowling gives an unflinchingly gritty portrayal of modern-day London. I hope the fourth book comes out soon.

Next book: Chosen by God (R.C. Sproul)