This week we have a trilogy, some horror, bodies, the Psych Ward, Palestinian prisoners, the Feds (look out!), and some drain circling.
Let us begin!
Ann has started something new. I look forward to see how she can sunshine and rainbow 1933 Germany. If anyone can, that person is Ann! Remember, she can’t help it. It is just her way. “I have just begun Winter of the World, the second book in Ken Follett's century trilogy. It begins in 1933 Germany with Hitler's rise to power. So far it is good and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to the many characters in this book.”
John has thankfully moved away from Crazy Lady Lit but he is still prompting some head scratching. “This week, I'm reading something a little different: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. I don't usually go in for horror--it's one of those genres that seems completely strip-mined, yet here I am, completely absorbed in Duncan's deep and atmospheric literary prose. This is not the bizarre ramblings of that weirdo Stephen King, nor the candy Koontz fluff (and I won't even mention those ridiculous sparkling vampires). This book is like a cross between Joseph Conrad and H. P. Lovecraft--dark, psychological, and supremely entertaining. It is about, as the name implies, the last werewolf alive. Hunted and despised by some, sought after to be exploited by others--what will become of him? This is definitely not for the faint of heart. “
Jeanne also has one worried. “I read Broken Harbor by Tana French over the weekend. As the title implies, there are things broken in this murder mystery and it goes way beyond harbors to laws, rules, lives, bodies. And BTW if you are a friend of PETA, be wary. I am new to the Detective Mystery genre and Tana French proved to be a great start. Was it Wusthof or Henckels? I moved right on to Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I guess I hadn't had enough of dead bodies and dysfunctional families. Camille Preaker reluctantly returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two teen girls for her Chicago newspaper. Inevitably she examines her own demons that led her to a psych ward years earlier and prevented her from returning to her family in Wind Gap, MO. This is a book I'll read with all the lights on!”
Barbara M. is staying true to form and reading something on the dark international side. “I’m reading Elie Wiesel’s latest novel, Hostage, about a Jewish storyteller from Brooklyn, Shaltiel Feigenberg, a Holocaust survivor. He is taken hostage by two men who are demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for his life. While being held, Shaltiel, in order to break with the present, from which there is no present means of escape, tries to recapture the recent or distant past, elusive as it is. Wiesel has once again created a beautifully crafted tension-filled story.”
Abby is gloating. There is no other word for it. “I'm pleased to report I was able to get my paws on an advance copy of The Panther, the latest from Nelson DeMille. It's due out Oct 16 and holds may be placed. Anyway, the reason I am so excited is because the lead character is once again John Corey. John is a retired NYPD detective now under contract with the Feds to help fight terrorism. Yes, I am on a first name basis with a fictional character. John is sarcastic, disrespectful, non-politically correct, hilarious, and one heckuva good cop. If you are new to DeMille and want to read The Panther, I sincerely hope you will first read the other John Corey books in order starting with Plum Island. Nightfall from this series is one of my favorite reads. I haven't gotten too far yet, but in The Panther, DeMille brings back an old familiar character capable of trading cynical barbs with John Corey. This should be a fun read.” See? I don’t lie. The woman is gloating.
This morning on the train I started Richard Russo’s memoir Elsewhere. I can already tell that this account of his childhood spent with his single mom and extended family in a town that is circling the drain economically is going to make me almost miss my stop. And honestly? I kind of love that. The missing the stop part that is.