Archive for December, 2007

December 24th 2007

Irish Lace

Irish LaceDidn’t the clever little priest bring back all kinds of memories with this book of his? First, he mentioned a little Hungarian restaurant across the street for St. Benedict’s church. Now, I’ve never been to any such Hungarian restaurant, but St. Ben’s was my mother’s and my grandmother’s parish… and didn’t my mother get married there? Didn’t my father propose to her during Mass on the Feast of the Assumption right there? And didn’t my grandmother suffer through the guitar masses with me there because she loved me so?

And didn’t his man Billy Hernon live on Hollywood Avenue right around the corner from my apartment on Ridge Avenue? Though, there the clever little priest got it wrong, because that neighborhood has never been park of Lakeview. I was never clear if I was living in Uptown or Rogers Park… but never was it Lakeview.

Ah, and didn’t the fine officers of the CPD take our man Dermot to St. Joseph’s Hospital where I worked in the laboratory for a couple of years on the night shift? And didn’t I just love working there?

All and all, a fine and clever mystery staring the fey Nuala Anne. Maybe Greeley will stop writing out the words to the lovely tear-jerking song, Molly Malone, for haven’t we seen it now at least two or three times in each of the Nuala Anne novels?

If you’re a fan of mysteries… if you’re Irish… if you’re Catholic… if you’re from Chicago… and especially if you’re an Irish Catholic fan of mysteries from Chicago, you’ll want to read this one.

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Irish Lace

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December 19th 2007

Irish Gold

Irish GoldWhere do I start?

First of all, I SO want to move to Galway! (That would be the Galway in Ireland, not the Galway here in New York.) I love the way even English sounds… ah, isn’t it just poetry?

Then there was the little voice in my head whispering, “Now isn’t himself writing just like the Grand Master?” (You see what happens when I read about Ireland and her people? I start talking like them. Or the voices in my head do, at any rate.) That little voice seriously messed with me. A Catholic priest who writes with the voice of the Grand Master of Science Fiction! I wonder if Heinlein is rolling over in his grave… or if he’s laughing his metaphysical socks off. And I wonder if Greeley has read the Lazarus Long stories.

Did I enjoy the book? Well, didn’t I just say I did?

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Irish Gold

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December 17th 2007

Scar Night

Scar NightIt took me a week to finish this one. And I felt a little pressured since it’s on 7-day loan. I hate pressure.

This is Alan Campbell’s first book. I like the way his mind works. It’s a fascinating story, and he makes his characters seem very real… even the ones who aren’t human. Sure, there’s the random stereotype there and there, but what “end of the world as we know it” story doesn’t need a good megalomaniac? Campbell’s writing is a bit ponderous, which is only part of the reason it took so long to read. (It’s that time of year, you know, when everyone wants you to be somewhere other than your comfy place with a book.) I will be watching for his next book in this series.

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Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, Book 1)

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December 10th 2007

Ill Wind

Ill WindI’m back to reading some good old science fiction/fantasy! This one caught my eye while browsing through titles on Booksfree. I’m glad I put it in my queue. Rachel Caine tells a good story, and the fantasy aspect of the story was a nice break from the mystery thrillers I’ve been reading lately. There are at least three more books in this series… all of which are in my Booksfree queue.

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Ill Wind (Weather Warden, Book 1)
 
 
 

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December 7th 2007

Rising Phoenix

Rising PhoenixWhew. Finally finished this one. And not because it was hard to get into. Not at all. Mills’ first book is very, very good. (And his subsequent ones are even better, so if you like mysteries and/or FBI-type thrillers you had better check this guy out.)

No, life got in the way. First, there were all the DVDs that came from Netflix… the entire third season of Boston Legal. And there was art to be created! And music to memorize for this weekend’s concerts. And I had made a commitment to clean out the box of papers (that I laughingly call my filing system) and actually organize them. And there was other stuff, too… like working and sleeping and seeing Plaid Tidings at Cap Rep. And then we replaced the basic cable box with a DVR cable box, so I had to play with that for a while.

But I finally finished Rising Phoenix and am on to the next book!

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