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Tuesday, February 21, 2006


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.


  1. How very strange. Yesterday evening I reached a point beyond which I did not enjoy Beyond Black. I did not enjoy anything much after Morris left. So I've given it up, and I don't usually do that.
    Then I read your comment on my blog!
    I returned to the Mao biography which is still very interesting, and relatively easy to drop out of and then back.

  2. Jo Bannister can be pretty weird, too. I read all I could get my hands on up to certain point but then I didn't like her next ones.

    Have you read Peter Robinson's books? Love the way he writes.

  3. Omega - Beyond Black really interested me because I enjoy novels dealing with the supernatural, fortune telling, tarot, etc. However, I didn't really like any of the characters and even before Morris disappeared, couldn't get much involved.

    Hi, Rayna! No, I haven't read any of Robinson's books, but will put him on my list. Thanks for the recommendation! The only ones of Bannister's I've read are the "Brodie Farrell" mysteries.

  4. Hi,
    I just checked out The Stranger House and want to get some of his other stuff.

    I'm reading Lying Awake by Mark Salzman. Very unusual book.

  5. Deborah, you'll like the Dalziel and Pascoe series better, I think. Lots of witty conversation and literary allusions.

    Think I read a positive review about Lying Awake, but haven't seen it on the New Book Shelf at our library. Let me know what you think.