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The Necessity of Man - Tarrin P. Lupo I want to give this short story three and a half stars. It was fun, interesting and very short. The time passed quickly. I had an idea of the ending but enjoyed reading it nevertheless. I know this is a short story and I am more of a novel reader, so I would have like more depth to the characters and a more detailed description of the world the author created. I would recommend this quick read to anyone looking for an enjoyable, quick, twilight zone-esque read.
Nano - Robin Cook I haven’t read any of Robin Cook’s books in quite a while and I am sorry I picked this one up. I loved [b:Coma|85437|Coma|Robin Cook|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309286934s/85437.jpg|944350], [b:Outbreak|259538|Outbreak (Dr. Marissa Blumenthal, #1)|Robin Cook|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344166275s/259538.jpg|1176781], [b:Acceptable Risk|259523|Acceptable Risk|Robin Cook|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347976411s/259523.jpg|1970523] – I could go on but Nano was not his usual fare. While reading, although I don’t believe it is a series, I discovered the heroine, Pia was also in a previous novel. In this novel, [b:Death Benefit|10813117|Death Benefit|Robin Cook|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1303675835s/10813117.jpg|15726721], Pia was kidnapped and I am sorry to say that I guess the ransom was paid because here she is again. I found her a very unlikable character. She is, of course exceedingly beautiful, athletic, and brilliant. Did I mention beautiful, so beautiful that every man that sees her has to have her. She gets kidnapped again and I skipped to the end hoping that she wouldn't get rescued. I closed the book and I don’t think I will reach for one of Robin Cook’s books for a long, long time, if ever. My advice is to skip this one but if you want to read about nano technology give Michael Crichton’s, [b:Prey|83763|Prey|Michael Crichton|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1298436337s/83763.jpg|1258566], a try - that was a fun, entertaining read.
A Wicked Deed - Susanna Gregory I always enjoy [a:Susanna Gregory|37774|Susanna Gregory|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1316288895p2/37774.jpg]’s Matthew Bartholomew mysteries. Like visiting friends, I knew what to expect from [b:A Wicked Deed|211287|A Wicked Deed (Matthew Bartholomew, #5)|Susanna Gregory|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1332327020s/211287.jpg|1370928] but I love the characters Matthew Bartholomew, a teaching physician, and Brother Michael both members of the College of Michaelhouse at the University of Cambridge. This is a tale of the scholars of Michaelhouse traveling to the village Grudisburh in Suffolk to accept the gift of a parish church. I know that Ms. Gregory’s writing can get a bit repetitive, well maybe a lot repetitive and I might have figured out the” who” before the end but I love the pictures she paints. Why both Michael and Matthew kept making excuses against murder with all the dead people in such a small village was beyond me and a bit annoying. This was not one of my favorite Matthew Bartholomew tales but it won’t stop me from moving on to number 6 in the series when I feel a “history mystery” attack coming on.
The Bedlam Detective - Stephen Gallagher I didn't think I would like this book very much but since it was recommended I gave it chance. Surprise, I liked it very much. Who would have thought that Sebastian Becker, a detective in America, who is now an investigator for The Lord Chancellor's Visitor in Lunacy in London during the early 20th century, would be an interesting and fun mystery. Our hero was an employee of Pinkerton whose bright career takes an unfortunate turn that has him leaving America and going back to his homeland, England. He gets hired as an investigator for the Visitor in Lunacy a big step down from his previous employment. While investigating the sanity of Sir Owain Lancaster he get involved in the murder of two little girls that seem to be related to an similar, although not murder, of two girls years ago. I liked the plot twists and turns and found all of the characters, even the crazy ones, engaging. I will indulge in more of author:Stephen Gallagher|64107]'s novels.
When Gods Die - C.S. Harris Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin is involved in finding the murderer of a beautiful wife of an elderly lord. Since she was murdered in the house of the Regent, Sebastian is coerced into proving the prince’s innocence. There is a love interest which I assume will be throughout the series and spies since England is at war with Napoleonic France. I wanted so much to like this series but I found my mind wandering and sometimes just scanning pages to get to the end. These stories, and I have only read two of the series, do not have enough historical details to draw me in but if you like action and mystery that takes place in the early 1800's you may like this novel [b:When Gods Die|39148|When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2)|C.S. Harris|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309200754s/39148.jpg|38858] the second in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro Maybe I should leave more time pass before I figure out if I liked this book or not. Although I never read this novel I felt it was familiar. I found myself getting annoyed with the main character and putting it down but a moment later picking it up again. This is the story of three friends who grew up in a special school. Who they were and how the interacted with each other and their purpose in life, is the story. I found parts of it boring and other parts heart wrenching. I can’t recommend it but, at the same time, it might be worth your while. I am very ambivalent.
Act of Mercy (Sister Fidelma Mysteries) - Peter Tremayne I love Sister Fidelma novels but I really missed Brother Eadulf in this story. While Sister Fidelma is on a pilgrimage and trying to sort out her life; does she want remain a religieux or just a dalaigh, does she have deeper feeling for Brother Eadulf or is it platonic, when she runs in to her long-ago lover who spurned her. With multiple murders and very suspicious fellow pilgrims she sifts through the clues and (as always) solves the murder mystery. The story was good and takes place mostly aboard a ship taking her and her fellow travelers to a famous shrine in Iberia. As usual, I can never figure out “who dun it” and love how it makes such logical sense when the reveal happens. I am hoping that Brother Eadulf is back with the next installment.
What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris I found this novel a bit on the Dickensian side but a light fun mystery. The story takes place in 1811 with the murder of an up-and-coming actress, who is also a spy. With mad King George leaving the throne and his son becoming regent intrigue abounds and Sebastian St. Clyr, Viscount Devlin is accused of her murder. He decides he is the only one who can clear his name and so the unraveling begins. A light and fun historical mystery but I did find my attention wandering every now and then but I will indulge in the next book in this series. I gave it 3 stars but if you read it during the summer add another.
Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters A young Welch lord captured by the English and an English sheriff captured by Welch soldiers have Brother Cadfael using his language and negotiation skills to do an exchange. When, the English Sheriff is murdered and it is up to Brother Cadfael to solve the mystery. A little different than the usual Brother Cadfael since it mostly takes place in his homeland. As I expect from Ms. Peter’s a good story and fun read, just right to relax with in the summer’s heat. If you like Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael mysteries you won’t be disappointed.
The Color of Distance - Amy Thomson I really enjoyed this story. Usually the aliens visit us, this is a story where we visit them. Trapped on an alien planet the heroine must learn and adapt to alien ways. Juna was transformed by the Tendu so she could survive on this distant world. As Juna transforms how much of her humanity remains. Will she make it back to her home? I love books that allows me to picture the world created by the author, to see it in my mind's eye. I enjoyed the strong and memorable characters. I heartily recommend this book.
King Hereafter - Dorothy Dunnett I closed the book at page 100. It seemed to really drag, interesting but slow. I might be me so I put it aside and will try again in the future. For now I will give it 2 stars but that could change.
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr. Although I read A Canticle for Leibowitz a years ago, it has stuck with me and I have recommended it many times. One of my favorite post-apocalyptic reads. Monks who survived the nuclear holocaust were the protectors and preservers of the little scientific knowledge that remained. We jump through time and see civilization take root and jump again and see we might just end up where the monks began. The novel does have religious overtones but it is not a proselytistic story. I plan on reading this again just to make sure I am remembering it right. But I do know it was a great read.
Odd Apocalypse - Dean Koontz I love Odd Thomas and Odd Apocalypse was right up there, turning out to be one of my favorite “Odd” stories. I love Odd’s philosophy and his sense of humor always has me chuckling. If you are thinking of reading Odd Thomas Apocalypse it is best that you start with the first in the series, Odd Thomas. If you don’t you will enjoy the story but you might not understand when he references his past adventures and how they affected him. The new character, Annamarie, is mysterious and she remains so to the end and I wonder if she will appear in the next installment of Odd Thomas. I enjoy Dean Koontz novels and found this particular “Odd” novel blending in some sci-fi along with ghosts and monsters. Fun, fun read but, as usual, I read Mr. Koontz’s novel in daylight only.
Wool Omnibus (Wool, #1-5) - Hugh Howey I first read about Hugh Howey in the Wall Street Journal in an article about self-publishing authors and I was intrigued. Then a colleague of mine at work couldn’t say enough about Hugh Howey’s WOOL. Now, I had to read it although I promised myself that I would NEVER read another book series until all the “books” were published. I am so glad I broke my rule. If you like science fiction with strong characters and as you read you feel you are right there with them, this is a must read. With the many reviews available I don’t want to rehash the story line but just reiterate how much I enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to the continuing saga of the Silo stories.
The Devil's Novice: The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael - Ellis Peters Ellis Peters’, The Devil’s Novice, is the eighth in the Brother Cadfael series. These stories take place during the 1100’s civil war between King Stephen and Empress Matilda. A young gentleman is brought to the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury by his father and begs entry to the order and so the story begins. These Brother Cadfael books are like drinking hot chocolate on a cold and snowy winter’s day. I love how you get the politics of the day (1140) woven into the story. So without even realizing it you get familiar with the civil war that surrounds the plot. I am reading this series in order and fill in my reading list when I have a need for a winter’s day feeling.
Illusion - Frank Peretti I liked Illusion but I thought it was a too long and sometime, I felt, the pace dragged a bit. The time-shifting story of two famous, married, magicians was a good premise and kept me guessing. A bit more on the Sci-Fi side than the horror genre but good read. With engaging characters and a “keep you guessing” plot, a good read for a cold and rainy weekend.