October is a Great Month for Nordic Noir

Often I will put books on hold with the library and they all tend to come in at once – or in a very short time period.  This is what is happening right now.  I’ve had many items on hold for months which have started to arrive.  First I got Phantom by Jo Nesbø.  I was thrilled to read another Harry Hole story, but I was very disappointed with the ending.

A couple of days after Phatom arrived, The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen showed up.  It’s funny how dissimilar these two books are, in spite of both involving police, being set somewhat geographically close to one another, and being very fast reads.  I knew when I started Phantom that I was in for some serious story.  Harry Hole is an intensely serious character and continues to remain ultra-driven even though he is no longer a police officer.  Of course he has to since – Oleg is in trouble.  Oleg is Rakel’s son and under other circumstances would be Harry’s son, or step-son.  Oleg has become a junkie and is accused of killing another junkie, so Harry has come back to Oslo from Bangkok  to investigate Oleg’s case. Continue reading

Bless Me, Ultima

By Rudolfo Anaya

It’s been three weeks since I’ve returned from a visit to NYC on a not fun plane trip and a really long time since I’ve posted here.

And I read most of this book on this excruciating journey.  The woman who was sitting next to me joked about me finishing the book before we even took off.  (We were on the tarmac for just under three hours before we given clearance to take off).  I did not finish it before leaving NY, but I did finish before I arrived back home in Tucson.

I was a great book to have on hand on the airplane and airport.  It was moderately paced, which was perfect for my needs.  If it had been fast paced, I probably would have finished it before taking off and then I would have been stuck with the in-flight magazine.  If it had been slower, I probably would have lost interest and been stuck with the in-flight magazine.  Continue reading

Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Crown Publishers, 2012

This book has had over eight hundred holds on it in my library system for the past couple of months.  It is the must read of 2012.  I think I first became aware of it through EarlyWord, but it wasn’t until I put a hold on it for a patron that I decided to get on the waiting list myself.  The patron was raving about what she had heard about it and it got me curious.  I had been waiting at least a couple of months – I was around 250 on the waiting list – when I saw an express copy come through my library.  The express copies are the ones that don’t go on reserve.  Continue reading


By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2010, 1993

Recently at work, I was checking in books and this book passed through my hands.  I am mostly familiar with Briggs’s more recent Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series – both of which I love.  I did read Dragon Blood a little while ago and enjoyed it quite a bit.  (I didn’t even realize that it was the 2nd book of two until I partway through it.  Dragon Bones is the first.)  So I decided to try Masques.  I’m glad I did.  Written early in Briggs’s career, she explains in “The Introduction” how the reprint came about and how she was able to rewrite the book. Continue reading

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

By Graham Joyce

Personal notes:  I may have found a new favorite author with this book.  I loved the gritty feel that this story has – the feel of this story is how I picture Tara’s description of viewing this reality after being away.  I loved the characters – especially Ritchie.  (Who doesn’t love a musician?)  I also loved reading the various characters’ perspectives.  And I do still wonder who the narrator of the story is.  I also loved how Jack’s learning story is deeply embedded within the larger story and how nothing is explained.  How can one truly explain the other?  Let’s just leave it at not allowing strangers to pick cherry blossoms from one’s trees. Continue reading

A different approach

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately because I’ve just had so many other things going on in my life lately.  I’ve contemplated whether or not I should give up the blog altogether (since I do use Goodreads as well).  When I started this blog I had much more free time to work on it than I do now.

But I don’t think I’m ready to give it up completely.  I think I just need to take a different approach with it.  And that is what I plan to do.

Touched by an Alien

By Gini Koch

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: DAW Books, Inc. 2010

Genres: Science fiction, thriller, romance

Series: Alien; 1

Format: Paperback (mass market)

ISBN: 9780756406004

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 389

Setting: Pueblo Caliente, AZ, Roswell, NM, & New York City

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: As marketing manager, Katherine “Kitty” Katt, is on her way back to work from jury duty, she witnesses a bizarre scene outside of Pueblo Caliente’s courthouse.  Before she has a chance to think twice, she has killed her first alien parasite/ superbeing with the only weapon she had on hand – her pen.  As a result, she now has several good looking Men in Grey trying to recruit her to their agency.  Kitty soon finds herself racing at hyperspeed to save her family (and the world), while discovering intimate secrets about her new colleagues. Continue reading