The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma is very much about the promise (also known as The Streak), and the relationship AThe Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma is very much about the promise (also known as The Streak), and the relationship Alice had with her father. The books are mentioned, some having more meaning than others, but it is Alice and her father that we are reading about.
The Reading Promise was made when Alice was in elementary school, and the goal was to read for 1000 nights. And so Alice and her father (who was an elementary school librarian) sat down to read together every night from that night until Alice went away to college. This occasionally presented some challenges; Alice had her father read to her when she was all dressed up and ready for the prom, as she would not be home later to be read to. Alice's father did all the reading, and worked hard at making the the stories and characters interesting.
A promise such as this is a great one to make with those who have children; I have even heard of couples who read aloud together in the evenings. I very much recommend this book.
Everyone should be reading Deborah Coonts!!! So Damn Lucky, the third in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas, is damn good! Lucky O'Toole is a hEveryone should be reading Deborah Coonts!!! So Damn Lucky, the third in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas, is damn good! Lucky O'Toole is a hard-working, smart, funny, occasionally insecure and brilliant at her job as Head of Customer Relations at the fictitious Hotel Babylon.
Lucky does have her romantic issues in this series entry, but it never stands in the way of customer service. Other exciting things going on include a conference of Area 51 believers, Halloween weekend, and a group of magicians, one of whom ends up being murdered. And Lucky's parents, her mother a madam of a local brothel and her father the owner of the Hotel Babylon decide to get married, mostly because of their deep love for each other, but Lucky's mother is also pregnant. Lucky's cup does runneth over.
In my opinion, Lucky O'Toole is who Stephanie Plum wants to be (I know I may get flak for that statement, but I stand by it). Lucky is a strong character, with a lot of common sense and wise customer service skills. She also has good investigative skills, which draws her into the magician's murder, and several other small mysteries.
So Damn Lucky stands alone well, but readers will enjoy the previous entries in the series, Wanna Get Lucky and Lucky Stiff. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended!!! ...more
A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch is the fifth book in the Charles Lenox series, which takes place in England in the 1870. Charles Lenox is a former prA Burial at Sea by Charles Finch is the fifth book in the Charles Lenox series, which takes place in England in the 1870. Charles Lenox is a former private detective who now serves his country in Parliament. He has been asked by his brother, also of Parliament, to publicly go to Egypt to see the Suez Canal, but privately, he will also be investigating the death of several English spies.
Charles sets sail on the Lucy, on his first true sea voyage, and he is the only passenger. In the middle of his first night on board, a the well-liked second lieutenant is found dead on deck. This is truly a locked room mystery, and whoever killed the second lieutenant must still be on board. Everyone is a suspect, and it makes for a very tense voyage. Charles is determined to solve this murder, as well as trying to prevent any other incidents from occurring.
I found the hierarchy on ship to be very interesting, and the fact that Charles and other officers were able to bring their own food and drink was surprising to me. Mr. Finch did a wonderful job of describing life aboard ship, and the schedule that keeps everything shipshape is stringent, but with a strong purpose.
The story takes some excellent twists and turns, right up until the end. This is a mystery with a terrific adventure! Recommended!
I loved this book!!! It was enjoyable, interesting, intelligent, and adventurous. I have started to enjoy books about witches; not always a big vampirI loved this book!!! It was enjoyable, interesting, intelligent, and adventurous. I have started to enjoy books about witches; not always a big vampire fan, but I did like Matthew. The heroine, Diana Bishop, is a witch who has been denying her craft for most of her life, instead immersing herself into academia. Her life as a witch comes to the forefront as she discovers that she is the only person able to access a special book in one of the Oxford libraries. The supernatural world begins to take quite an interest in her, and the library is soon populated by other witches, vampires, and daemons, in addition to humans (who play very little part in this story). Diane, over time, begins to accept and learn more about her skills in witchcraft, and also is able to accept Matthew's help, as witches and vampires don't usually cooperate in the interesting world that author Deborah Harkness has built.
I'm looking forward to the next title by Ms Harkness, Shadow of Night.
I love Detective Kubu and his family. He's very focused on finding the killer(s) in this book, and things go a bit 'round & 'round, and even get aI love Detective Kubu and his family. He's very focused on finding the killer(s) in this book, and things go a bit 'round & 'round, and even get a little scary, but in the end, he gets his criminal.
I have the ARC of the new book, DEADLY HARVEST, which I'm looking forward to!...more
Wicked Autumn is the first of Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet's books I've had the opportunity to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
For me, it wWicked Autumn is the first of Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet's books I've had the opportunity to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
For me, it was a combination of a cozy murder mystery and a village story (like the Miss Read stories, which I adore). Max Tudor is a former MI-5 agent turned Anglican priest. He is still adjusting to his new parish of Nether Monkslip when the village's self-appointed organizer of all things, especially the annual Harvest Fayre, Wanda Batton-Smythe is murdered. Many secrets of Nether Monkslip and its residents are brought to light in the process of solving the murder.
This a slow-moving book, taking its time to introduce the reader to the main and minor characters and the village they reside in. I enjoyed getting to know Max Tudor's character especially how he came to the priesthood.
Now that I've met Max Tudor and the residents of Nether Monkslip, I look forward to returning....more
What a wonderful book! The Night Circus completely takes you away into the world of a very special circus and the magic that creates it and holds it tWhat a wonderful book! The Night Circus completely takes you away into the world of a very special circus and the magic that creates it and holds it together.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is the story of two magicians who bet that each of them can teach a young person with magical talent to win a competition. Ms. Morgenstern brings these two young people together with a circus that is partially created to showcase their talents. Each of them contributes to its ongoing success. The night circus, Le Cirque des Rêves is an amazing concoction itself--its only colors are black and white, it's only open at night, and it is different from any other circus that visits one's town; truly magical. Not only does it change the lives of those in the circus, but it affects the lives of those who attend and who were part of its creation.
I've been trying to think of a book that takes you somewhere as completely as this one did for me, and I haven't been able to think of it. There are other books that I have read that have done so, but my memory seems unreliable at this writing.
This is a beautiful fantasy, a love story, an adventure, and a tribute to magic and to circuses.
Thanks to HarperCollins, I now have another author to read. They very kindly sent a review copy to me of Alafair Burke's Long Gone. And I'm hooked.
LonThanks to HarperCollins, I now have another author to read. They very kindly sent a review copy to me of Alafair Burke's Long Gone. And I'm hooked.
Long Gone is the story of Alice Humphrey, the 30-something unemployed daughter of a famous (and philandering) Hollywood director. At an art gallery one evening, she is offered a dream job of opening a gallery and running it herself. The hitch is that an undisclosed owner has taken an artist under his wing, and Alice must open the gallery with that artist's exhibit. She agrees to these conditions, then discovers that the art could be considered to be pornographic. The opening goes forward, but is picketed by a religious group. Two days after the gallery's opening, Alice is to meet the owner's go-between at the gallery; she shows up, only to find the gallery completely cleaned out, no sign of any occupancy, except for the dead body on the floor.
This is only the beginning of Alice's nightmare. She wants to trust the police, but she's their prime suspect. Eventually the nightmare evolves to encompass her family, her friends, a missing girl and the FBI. What I appreciated about this suspenseful story is that despite all that happens to her, Alice usually takes a split moment to think through her actions, and her safety; this is not always the way in suspense novels.
I know I told you all how much I loved The Night Circus just in the last week or so, but Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is AWESOME!
If you like:
1980s video games 1980s music, movies and television shows "Star Wars", "Star Trek" and "Firefly" Japanese anime & monster movies Dungeons & Dragons World of Warcraft Online gaming Geek heroes Wil Wheaton and Cory Doctorow
This is the book for you! I love 80s pop culture, and I played my share of Centipede and Ms Pac-Man at the arcade in the early 80s.
This is the story of Wade/Parzival and one of the greatest treasure hunts of all time. Set in the future, where the world is slowly disintegrating, one amazing man who invented all sorts of video and online games, dies, and leaves his fortune to the one who can find the treasure. This is a competition that takes years, and pits the little guy against a corporation. Wade and several friends he makes along the way, go up against a company whose sole purpose seems to be to win this competion. The clues are found in the history of the games inventor, and his fixation of all things gaming and 1980s.
I found Ready Player One to be a great quest and adventure novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the 1980s. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy gaming, a good adventure, and quite a bit of trivia. ...more
I received this book from my parents via Robin & Jamie Agnew of Aunt Agatha's for Christmas.
I loved this book! I like that Margaret Maron's two maI received this book from my parents via Robin & Jamie Agnew of Aunt Agatha's for Christmas.
I loved this book! I like that Margaret Maron's two main characters got to meet each other, though of course I'd like to know A LOT more about Sigrid Harald since Fugitive Colors. Sigrid, Deborah and Dwight worked well together to solve the murders committed in this book. I don't think murder was what Deborah and Dwight had in mind for their long-awaited honeymoon, but they did find time for both each other, and to enjoy New York City.
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal first attracted me because of its Regency time period setting, then for its fantasy elements. It was an interesting mix.
This first struck me as a novel of manners, and reminded me much of Jane Austen's characters and their interactions. One of the largest fantasy elements of the novel is that of "glamour" which I find a bit hard to describe, but importantly to this novel, it is a skill that young ladies should acquire, in addition to playing music, drawing and embroidery. Our heroine, Jane, is very skilled with glamour, but is just unattractive enough to be close to becoming a spinster. Her sister, Melody, is the pretty, younger sister, who despite her beaus, is actually jealous of her sister's accomplishments.
As the novel begins, the neighbors have hired a famous glamourist, Mr. Vincent (apparently, men can be skilled with this art too), to enchant their dining room while they entertain a young Army Captain. Other neighbors are active with guests as the novel progresses; Mr. Dunkirk also brings his sister Beth to visit for the summer. The book brings together society's hierarchy, romance, art, lies, jealousy and betrayal. I thought I knew where Shades of Milk and Honey was going, but I was happily deceived with a few twists in toward the end.
Recommended and I look forward to Ms. Kowal's next book....more
No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie is an excellent entry in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Duncan and Gemma's relationship continues to gNo Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie is an excellent entry in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Duncan and Gemma's relationship continues to grow, their blended family shows the natural ebb and flow of children at different ages, and both their careers take interesting turns.
Rebecca Meredith, at age thirty-five, is perhaps preparing for her last chance at the Olympics in rowing when she is found dead in the river. She is also a Metropolitan detective, one who can get very focused on her work. Duncan, returning from vacation, and his junior partner, Doug, end up working on Rebecca's case. They aren't sure it's murder, but due to her skills at rowing and other evidence, it becomes clear that Rebecca didn't drown.
Gemma, who is just finishing up family leave time for their foster daughter, follows up on another angle of the case, that of Angus Craig, a former senior officer with the Met, who resigned under a cloud. Rebecca had reported him for rape, and Gemma had a long ago run in with Craig also, but without the same results. Gemma and her junior partner start unofficially investigating Craig as a possible serial rapist.
More suspects are added to the mix, such as an ex-husband of Rebecca's, and her current lover. Who would have wanted Rebecca Meredith dead? Was it personal, related to her detective work, or because she was going to test her skills for the Olympics? The path to the resolution twists and turns with interesting results.
I enjoy this series by Deborah Crombie thoroughly, and love both the mystery and the personal lives of Gemma and Duncan. This entry in the series stands very well on its own; no need to start at the beginning. Unless you want to......more
I almost didn't read this book because I had heard it had ghosts in it; ghosts work sometimes, but not all the time. I was browsing at work, and cameI almost didn't read this book because I had heard it had ghosts in it; ghosts work sometimes, but not all the time. I was browsing at work, and came across this, it sounded like something I was looking for, and I brought it home. I am very happy I did. Everything worked for me in this book--the main character and her daughter, their friends, the suspects, the mystery, and the ghosts (there are two). I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Minor quibble from someone who has never repaired anything in a house--it seemed like the repairs on the house went pretty quickly.
Highly recommended, as is everything else by Jeffrey Cohen/E J Cooperman!...more