Mark Terry

Sunday, June 03, 2007

What I've Been Reading: Latest 10

June 3, 2007
In my apparently never-ending quest to fill up bandwidth with trivia, here is a list of the last 10 books I've read this year. That would be #21-#30.

Ragamuffin by Tobias Buckell
SF and fun space opera by my friend Toby. I read an ARC, but it comes out officially on June 15th, so if you're into that sort of thing, check it out. I'll mention it again when the date arrives.

Capitol Threat by William Bernhardt
A pleasant surprise. I believe I reviewed it here. Part murder mystery, part political thriller.

The Last Secret by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore
An apocalpytic thriller featuring SNN reporter Cotten Stone, the daughter of a fallen angel. Very enjoyable.

The Narrows by Michael Connelly
I was very saddened to find that the victim was Terry McCaleb, the main character in two other Connelly books, but I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Critical Space by Greg Rucka
Got a rave from me. Loved it.

Fat, Forty & Fired by Nigel Marsh
This one's a memoir. Very funny, very true and recommended if you want to read a funny story about a man's midlife crisis. I'd have enjoyed it more if Nigel hadn't been able to travel (he lives in Australia) to Tanzania, England, France and Italy during the year he was out of work, due to frequent flyer miles and the fact his previous job apparently paid better than most everybody else's. Still, quite enjoyable.

Invisible Prey by John Sandford
A new entry from the mystery genre's most reliable author. Has this guy ever written a bad or even mediocre book? I'm so-so about "The Night Crew" but even that was compulsively readable. I thought this was one of his better books.

Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay
If you haven't read anything by Lindwood Barclay, you should. His main character is a nervous, hypochondriac nerd who writes feature stories for the city newspaper (probably Toronto, but he carefully doesn't ID the city or country). In this case, one of his neighbor friends, who runs a dominatrix business out of her, er, basement, draws him into a complicated crime.

Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
The third book in Rick's fantastic series about demigod Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon). A MUST-READ!

Escape Clause by James O. Born
A terrific new discovery. I like the scale of Born's characters and books--they feel real, and his tone is light, even if the events are harrowing. Lots of lovely, nicely integrated twists. It's a police procedural and Born is a cop for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), as is his character. Bill Tasker investigates a death a prison, which is merely the tip of the ice berg for what's going on there.

Mark Terry


Blogger spyscribbler said...

Thanks! There were a couple you mentioned at Robert G. Browne's website that I wrote down, too.

I'm almost done with Jack in the Box. I'm having a blast, reading it. I love all the tradecraft! Thanks for the recommendation.

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