I listened to the excellent narration just as I did with all the previous books.
This one doesn't roll out quite as the others in the series have butI listened to the excellent narration just as I did with all the previous books.
This one doesn't roll out quite as the others in the series have but it is still very enjoyable. It was very much a crime investigation and almost a procedural. I enjoy those when you've got Peter Grant's snarky asides about police procedures and London architecture. Also, we finally get back to a real pursuit of The Faceless Man and Leslie May, which I have been wanting since a couple of books ago.
It almost felt low key through a lot of the story, despite occasional dramatic magical events, but I also didn't mind that. Just working the case, you know. I'll be curious to see where the story goes from here because Aaronovitch can't put off certain characters reaping the consequences of their actions or the series will go stale....more
A 1917 female detective who is so good that when the book opens she is being asked to merge with the other big detective agency in town. We soon learnA 1917 female detective who is so good that when the book opens she is being asked to merge with the other big detective agency in town. We soon learn that this lady has her own unique, independent thoughts about criminal justice. And, of course, a mystery soon comes along!
This is an unusual and winning story, the likes of which I haven't encountered before in a book of this sort. In some ways it is almost poetic. In Millie's approach to crime solving it is unique. The use of knitting is like a reversal of Madame DeFarge. Certainly in her insistence on the chance to rehabilitate criminals it is original to the period.
I listened to the audiobook read by one of my favorites from LibriVox, J. M. Smallheer. It is practically impossible to find the two sequels but I'm going to keep my eyes open for them....more
It is no wonder this book won the Edgar for best first mystery novel. When Ed Hunter is 18 his father is murdered so he goes to his Uncle Am, a carny,It is no wonder this book won the Edgar for best first mystery novel. When Ed Hunter is 18 his father is murdered so he goes to his Uncle Am, a carny, for help. As Am tells Ed, "We're Hunters," playing on the double entendre with full meaning, and they set off to track down the killer.
This is a rich story about coming of age, looking below the surface for people you thought you knew well, and learning to walk those mean streets while maintaining integrity. In short it is about where a hard boiled detective gets his formational training.
There were seven Ed and Am mysteries and I look forward to tracking the remaining six down for future enjoyment....more
Doc Stoeger is the newspaperman in a tiny town. He's a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll's other writing, as well as the theory that CaDoc Stoeger is the newspaperman in a tiny town. He's a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll's other writing, as well as the theory that Carroll was simply reporting on a visit to some very odd places. One Thursday evening, he's trying to put the paper to bed, despite the fact that there's a hole in the front page that he just can't fill. Every time a juicy piece of news arises, there is a compelling reason not to print it. From here the story of Doc's "Night of the Jabberwock" becomes an inspired tapestry woven of murder mystery, small town life, and a sort of modern day Alice in Wonderland adventure which is, I hasten to add, wholly unique.
Doc is an endearing protagonist who gives hard-drinking a new definition. Mostly I was fascinated with how he was going to fill those 9 inches on the front page, though the rest of the mystery was also interesting. Chalk that up to my advertising experience, I guess.
The biggest discovery for me was Fredric Brown, who I've heard praised before but never encountered. I will be looking for more of his inspired mysteries because this was a lot of fun.
This book was provided by NetGalley — the review is my own....more
In a lot of ways Nathan Lowell's books hearken back to the Golden Age of science fiction when authors just wanted to tell a good yarn. I find anotherIn a lot of ways Nathan Lowell's books hearken back to the Golden Age of science fiction when authors just wanted to tell a good yarn. I find another fascination in how he always manages to have some element of business always be a key plot element. In this one, it turns out to be the importance of good inventory stock. Twist! Betcha didn't see that coming! Granted it is in smugglers' space, on the run from murder charges, with a surly crew of misfits - and that's where the fun comes in.
This book has a couple of unanswered plot holes, young leads who shoot to a bit too much importance with too few real impediments, and seems possibly a bit rushed to the finish. But all in all, it was good fun, just like so many of the Golden Age adventures we remember so fondly....more
Never has a tale of post-apocalyptic America been so gently told. It was surprising and unusual and I'm surprised I never heard of Pat Murphy before mNever has a tale of post-apocalyptic America been so gently told. It was surprising and unusual and I'm surprised I never heard of Pat Murphy before my mother urged me to try this book.
After The Plague decimates the country, the cities are all cut off from each other. San Francisco is populated largely by artists whose whims are transforming the city into something otherworldly. When they get word that they are the next target for a military cult, they decide they will fight the war their way — with art.
This had a dreamy, fantastic quality that I really liked. I especially liked Murphy's imaginings of how artists would shape the raw material of an abandoned city to show their vision. And it is an unusual book which made me delight in the way the war was fought. Some of the attacks which repelled the conventional soldiers actually made me laugh out loud. Creative and diabolical, while still somehow remaining essentially peaceful....more
Though traditionally considered a meditation on suffering, the Stations of the Cross is more than a simple, ancient act of piety. It is a portrait of
Though traditionally considered a meditation on suffering, the Stations of the Cross is more than a simple, ancient act of piety. It is a portrait of grace under pressure, a collection of specific reactions from Jesus during times of crisis. In our current age of global terrorism, economic uncertainty, widespread and severe depression and anxiety, and environmental devastation, the Stations offer us an opportunity to strengthen our souls and grow the mystical muscles of our hearts. Using the basics of Ignatian prayer, in particular imaginative prayer, we can hop aboard a time machine that takes us back to the final moments in Christ's life. Here, we can not only meditate on sorrow, but also ask two essential questions: how did Jesus respond to suffering, and how do we?
If Catholics think about the Stations of the Cross, it is most likely associated with Lent and the familiar stations in every Catholic church.
Gary Jansen breaks out of that mold by meditating on the stations against the backdrop of our own everyday lives. Using imaginative prayer, the stations can become the stepping stones of a path to spiritual awakening. To do this Jansen first gives a brief history of the stations of the cross, discusses imaginative (Ignatian prayer) and tells how praying the stations changed his life.
The second half of the book takes us through each of the stations one by one. Jansen is using the scriptural stations introduced by Pope John Paul II in 1991. I discovered these when poking around the Vatican website one day and was immediately captured by them. So I was delighted to see that the author was using them as the focal point for prayer.
Each station gives us the appropriate scripture, Jesus's response, a way to encounter Jesus, a bit of scripture as a prayer guide, and a guide to reviewing and imagining the station. These, of course, are flavored with Jansen's own experiences and realizations which help to see the ways that God uses the meditations to speak to your own life. I was struck, for example, by Jansen's own reflection on Judas's betrayal that we are not emptied when we are betrayed but rather bloated with paralyzing inner talk about it.
This would be a great Lenten book, of course — hey, it's the stations! More importantly it is a book to use daily so that the stations become not a "special occasion" prayer but one that enriches us always....more
Let's be honest, I'd never have picked up a book about such a specific topic if not chosen by our special guest for an upcoming Good Story is Hard toLet's be honest, I'd never have picked up a book about such a specific topic if not chosen by our special guest for an upcoming Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. Having figured out the requisite number of pages to read daily (12) in order to finish in time, I viewed it mostly as an assignment.
Now I can say that this book should simply be considered fascinating, never as an "assignment." The author somehow manages to invest the story with the immediacy that makes me interested in Julian's next steps, understand the military campaigns from both the soldierly and strategic points of view, and always read more than my allotted 12 pages.
It's really interesting to read about someone who sounds as if he had Augustine's intelligence but went from Christian to pagan (albeit about 100 years before Augustine took the reverse course). Of course, being intelligent is far from being an honest truth-seeker, so there is that.
Having finished the book I can say that Julian is the sort of enemy one could admire. His strategy to defeat Christians was really clever and had he lived he might have been able to organize the pagans to put up a good fight. I can see why he is still considered interesting despite his short reign....more
Informative and interesting introduction to the resurgence of shrubs, a colonial drink that can best be described as a fruit syrup which is a fairly sInformative and interesting introduction to the resurgence of shrubs, a colonial drink that can best be described as a fruit syrup which is a fairly simple combination of fruit, sugar, and vinegar. Think of something like a lemonade concentrate to get an idea of what these are going for taste-wise. These can be used to flavor sparkling water or actual cocktails.
This book has the basics and then the updated, edgier versions which include things like tomatoes and peppers. I generally liked it except that the cocktail section gave recipes for using specific shrubs but not a more generalized guide to using the shrubs. Of course, one can use the cocktail recipes as a more general template for experimenting on one's own. ...more