What bothers me and what I consider a flaw in many current mystery/crime novels is the weird and gruesome manner of the murders. Trying to make each murder more profane than the last is becoming a bit hackneyed in so many mystery/crime novels now, especially those dealing with serial killers. Novelists seem to be in a kind of (excuse my crudeness) pissing contest for unusual and obscene murders.
After a while, the graphic mutilations and weirdness become overdone in novels and on television. Let it rest a while. I love mystery/crime novels, but prefer to have technique, plot, and characters (especially characters) take the forefront. Maybe it is just me, but I don't read mystery/crime for the weirdness of the murders. How about you? What do you like best in this genre? Favorite authors?
Currently reading two excellent nonfiction works: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken is on loan from my SIL; both she and my brother loved it.
Nonfiction is always slower reading. There is no feeling of rushing to a conclusion, and absorbing information slowly is much easier when the reading is slowed down.
I've been letting my yoga and my walking slide. Skipping my morning sadhana at least every other day and not attending night classes. Boo! I need to get back to at least every day with my personal practice...just because I feel so much better when I'm consistent.
Also, need to be watching my diet which has taken a turn for the worse this summer. I've been indulging in way too much ice cream!