August books

I went away. Far away. To a place with no television and no phone and no internet. So I got to read.

Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan: I really get into the character of Takeshi Kovacs. But I didn’t like this quite as much as the first book. I guess I missed the noir flavor. Still, the alien stuff was sure intriguing. I wonder what happens in the next book (which I already own).

On the Fifth Day by A.J. Hartley: A member of the recently popular “occult thriller” featuring the brother of a suddenly deceased Catholic priest and a plot that could throw the whole belief system into jeopardy. Smartly written. And he fooled me for almost the whole time as to the identity of the mastermind villain (though I did guess some of his adherents sooner rather than later). Liked the character quite a bit. Would love to see him again.

No Regrets by Shannon K. Butcher: This book was a lot of fun (and I’m not just saying that because I work with her husband). She snookered me on the twist at the end, for which I congratulate her. I look forward to reading her next book.

Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb: I am now up to the fifth book in this series and still enjoying it. I have the next two books on tap, thanks to Lou.

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld: This got a really good review from Entertainment Weekly and was a bestseller in the U.K. I enjoyed the historical setting but felt that the focus on the psychological (e.g. Freudian vs. Jungian) aspects muddied the mystery. The author has just sold a sequel set 10 years later around the terrorist attack of Wall Street in 1920.

Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas: I read this on Michael’s recommendation, and partially because of my long-time interest in Lovecraftian fiction (I even did my senior thesis in college on him). I haven’t read any Kerouac so I wonder how different my experience would have been if I had. It was an uncategorizable book in some ways, but well-written.

Spook Country by William Gibson: I must say that I didn’t like this as much as Pattern Recognition but I did like it quite a lot. I think it was the characters. They just didn’t have quite the same resonance, though Tito and Milgrim were pretty compelling. The peripheral bits that link it into the same world as the last book are clever. Go, Blue Ant.

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