This has been an odd week in reading, folks. I've been busy and just got what was "in stock" on Overdrive so I could listen. A couple days ago, I listThis has been an odd week in reading, folks. I've been busy and just got what was "in stock" on Overdrive so I could listen. A couple days ago, I listened to "Flesh and Bones" from Patricia Cornwell. I have now declared (for the 3rd time) I quit the Kay Scarpetta series. And I really mean it this time.
So "Angels Flight" was something of a palate cleanser. I needed to remember that authors of long running series don't HAVE to start serving their long time readers swill. Authors actually can keep a character strong and build a consistent character/personality. Well, at least Michael Connelly can.
I skipped a lot of the early installments of the Harry Bosch stories. But occasionally, I go back and pluck one at random and read it. Sometimes Bosch is married. Sometimes he has a daughter (oops! spoiler alert) His partners change. The department he is working in changes.
But the thing that never changes, the thing I can rely on, is the Connelly delivers a well plotted story with appropriate and REASONABLE twists and surprises. And the characters are consistent with who he presented them as from book to book to book.
I never feel cheated. Or pissed off. I never want to smack him upside the head. (*cough* *cough* Patricia Cornwell *cough*) It's satisfying and rewarding. I am never tempted to break up with him. (And I really mean it this time, Patricia!)
Thank you Michael Connelly. You are reliable. I can count on you. That means so much to me this week. ...more
Hmmmm. When I was little, a trip to the library was like going to church. Every other week we made the pilgrimage and returned bearing the the spoilsHmmmm. When I was little, a trip to the library was like going to church. Every other week we made the pilgrimage and returned bearing the the spoils of war--er--well, you get it. I remember my mother finishing a mystery once when I was in junior high. She was frustrated because she realized she had already read this book. But she didn't figure THAT out until the second to last chapter. Since I was in junior high I figured this was just further proof of my mother's ineptitude. How could she read so much of a book without figuring that out?? I mean really!!!! Of course, *I* would never do something so stupid.
And frankly, recording what I have read the last few years here on Goodreads has prevented accidental re-reads.
And yes, I'm like 70-75% thru the book when I realized it was starting to sound pretty familiar. But frankly, maybe it was just from an episode of The Closer of something. Then I, who is clearly nearing omniscience, start predicting what will happen! Boy! I'm good! .......wait a minute...........Crap. I've read this. Must have been before Goodreads because it wasn't listed in My Books.
Why didn't Gutenberg do the whole printing press thing and then turn around and immediately invent The Interwebs and Goodreads? He would have saved my family alone a LOT of stress! And yes, it was a while before I figured out my mother was actually the smartest person the in the world. But at least she wouldn't have had this unspoken shame hanging over her head. Yes, I owe her a big apology. And where did I leave my ginkgo baloba?
Anyhoo. This book is so good I read it twice. And the suspense is apparently so great that my mind comes up with completely new theories the second time around. Connelly excels again with another Harry Bosch story. ...more
I like this installment of Temperance Brennan. Reichs always gets me interested in something new. This time it's web-sleuthing. And I have to admit thI like this installment of Temperance Brennan. Reichs always gets me interested in something new. This time it's web-sleuthing. And I have to admit that I sat down on my computer to look up Namus to see if it really existed. (It does.) Every time I read a new Tempe book, I am along for the ride. And it's reliably a fun ride. ...more
I've never read a book by Mo Hayder before. So I don't know if this is typical for Hayder's books. But I aHoly moley! That ending! That ending!!!!!!!!
I've never read a book by Mo Hayder before. So I don't know if this is typical for Hayder's books. But I am definitely prepared to find out!
Early on in the book, I sort of decided on where this book was probably headed for an ending. Which we reached smack in the middle of the book. Which of course, left me thinking, "Huh.....Where will be go from here?"
Suffice it to say in my spoiler free zone, some rather surprising places.
Yes, off to find another Hayder book to read....more