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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

February

I'm in the middle of three works right now, but these are the ones I've finished.

Jo Bannister - Reflections and The Depths of Solitude - Read one of Bannister's last month and liked it, so two more. These are called Brodie Farrell mysteries, but they aren't really; they are Daniel Hood's novels. His character is the real meat.

David Baldacci - Saving Faith

Stephenie Meyer-- Twilight - Not Joss Whedon, but has room for future vampire adventures and for back story.

Carolyn Haines - Judas Burning

Reginald Hill - The Stranger House -I ended up liking it, but it was a little slow in the beginning and the idea of stigmata made me a bit wary. A bit of the supernatural, priest holes (ah, I always love priest holes and hidden rooms), the real and tragic event of the exportation of British orphans to Australia, mathematics and religion... Not as good as the Dalziel and Pascoe novels which are some of my very favorites.

Martin Davies - The Conjurer's Bird - "in the spirit of Possession" says the jacket blurb. And it is. Less complicated and a quicker read than Possession, but still quite fun if you like parallel stories and time periods and searches for lost objects - which I do. The author's note at the end was particularly enlightening as only then did I realize that "The Mysterious Bird of Ulieta" really WAS discovered on Cook's 1774 expedition of the South Seas, that Joseph Banks was a British naturalist

(damn, I just realized that at some point, I lost an entire edited post) - part of previous paragraph is gone and the entire paragraph about the Painted Veil is gone and it was one of my favorites (book and review). Oh, well, add something later, but I liked the Painted Veil.)

Pari Noskin Taichert - The Belen Hitch - won't be looking for any more of her books.

Still reading The World Is Flat by Friedman, The Ghost Writer by Mitchell, and Arthur & George by Barnes.

January

My favorites have asterisks by them.

The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
The Next Step in the Dance by Tim Gatreaux
The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble *
The Clinic by Jonathan Kellerman
Smoke and Shadows by Tonya Huff
Breaking Faith by Jo Bannister *
The Headmaster's Wife by Jane Haddam
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood *
How to Seduce a Ghost by Hope McIntyre
Shadow Man by James D. Doss *
Tears of the Dragon by Holly Baxter
The Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict

Friday, February 17, 2006

a bookish blog

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb

I've decided that the book entries on Bayou Quilts have become excessive. Or maybe not. I'm really not sure.

At any rate, I thought another blog might be a good idea. Here I can keep better track of my reading.