Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
^I love Neil Gaiman.
I'm ashamed to say it, but I'm reading "Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting."
I also love Neil Gaiman
At the moment I am listening to Meltwater by Michael Ridpath, narrated by Sean Barrett. It is another murder mystery set in Iceland in which a member of the activist group FreeFlow is murdered. FreeFlow is a Wikileaks like group.
My paperback read is Secret Tasmania by Philip and Mary Blake. 77 short stories about quirky places/events in Tasmania.
I agree - and "satisfying" is a good way to describe it.
Field of Prey, John Sandford. Very disappointing. Davenport inexplicably failed to follow up on a really big clue early on, which is totally out of character. There's a subplot that serves no purpose at all, except perhaps to up the body count. In fact, that was my impression of the whole book, that he was trying to see how many murders he could fit into one story.
I just finished the third "Dexter" novel, and boy, does it blow. Seriously, I love stories about unhinged psychopaths killing people who deserve it, and I love stories about demons (mmmm, demons) and old pagan gods and stuff. But when I open a book I believe to the the former (and the first two totally were), I get kind of bummed when it turns out to be the latter. And it was a complete cop-out, too. The book should be re-named "The Ending: It Came Out Of Left Field".
Seriously, when exactly did "Dexter" turn into an episode of "Supernatural"? And if it has, WHERE ARE DEMON!DEAN AND THE KING OF HELL? Without my favourite boys, this whole thing sucks. I am disappoint.
Thankfully the Dexter tv series avoided that supernatural bullshit. I've really no idea why the writer decided to add that element to the Dexter novels.
After finishing Meltwater, I started listening to the next book in the series, Sea of Stone by Michael Ridpath, narrated by. Sean Barrett.
This series is about Magnus Johnson/Ragnarson, a policeman who was born in Iceland, but who moved to the USA when he was 12. He becomes a policeman in Boston but ends up being seconded to Icelandic Police to help the Icelanders deal with new sorts of crime. Magnus considers himself to be dual nationality but finds it hard to intregrate back into Icelandic society. He also comes up with policing practice that are different from what he is used to.
He finds himself working with Vigdis, a young woman whose father was a black American stationed at the US airforce base. Vigdis has never met her father and considers herself to be totally Icelandic but faces prejudices because of the colour of her skin.
I have really enjoyed all four books in this series.
No waaay, is that a real book?!
I am listening to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, narrated by Jeremy Irons.
To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West by Mark Lee Gardner
It is, I've been meaning to read it myself.
Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz
I am listening to The Crow Road by Iain Banks, read by Peter Kenny.
My e-book read is The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum.
I am reading the books of Drizzt Do'Urden, Forgotten Realms (AD&D). Got them for my birthday by a fellow roleplay because he knew that I'm playing a drow in my RP round, and so far it is a very interesting read
I am listening to Weird Life: The Search for Life that is Very, Very Different from Our Own by David Toomey, narrated by Eric Martin. Currently on to life that around the hydrothermal vents on the ocean floors. Looking forward to chapters about what life might live in Martian permafrost and on Jupiter's moons.
After finishing The Crow Road I have sent for the miniseries based on the books. Made in 1996 it stars Peter Capaldi as Uncle Rory.
Wolf Hall, Mantel
It makes me want to watch Becket, though that was a different Henry and a different Thomas.
Broken Soul by Faith Hunter
My current e-book read is The Lost World: A Retelling by Brent Saltzman. It is a modern day adaption of Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World but set in the Congo rather than South America.
I finished The Long War this week, and moved on to Slow Apocalypse by John Varley. Someone finds a way to destroy all the oil in the world by introducing an organism that causes it to solidify and explode, and bad things happen as a result.
I also bought two new books today - well, one new and one used, but new to me. Energized by Edward M. Lerner and Russian Spring by Norman Spinrad. I think that brings my backlog of unread books up to somewhere close to 90...
I'm reading ST Voyager: Acts of Contrition these days.
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