September 12th 2010


Bad, bad, bad.  Look how long it’s been since I’ve updated.  Eleven friggin’ months.  And the books I’ve read since then!  Holy moly!  Here they are (at least the ones I remembered to record), pretty much in the order in which I read them.  I’d say read them all (except for the ones noted as not worth the time)!  Most are mystery or science fiction or urban fantasy, with a few other categories thrown in for variety.  Like spice.

Wolf Hunting by Jane Lindskold
Wolf’s Blood by Jan Lindskold
A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King
125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson (highly recommended)
To Play the Fool by Laurie R. King
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
Night Work by Laurie R. King
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu
Mermaid’s Madness by Jim C. Hines
Promises in Death by J. D. Robb
Queen of Dragons by Shana Abé
The Dream Thief by Shana Abé
The Godmother by Carrie Adams
But I Trusted You by Ann Rule
Death by Inferior Design by Leslie Caine
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow
Power Play by Joseph Finder
Run for Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Hand of Evil by J. A. Vance
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
False Premises by Leslie Caine
Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton (highly recommended)
Death by Inferior Design by Leslie Caine
Manor of Death by Leslie Caine
Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child
Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine
Fatal Feng Shui by Leslie Caine
Creative Paint Workshop by Ann Baldwin
The Last Pope by Luis Miguel Rocha
B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (as you will see, I’m rereading this series)
Learning to Stand by Claudia Hall Christian (highly recommended, as are her other books)
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
Justice Denied by J. A. Vance
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
Poisoned by Gilt by Leslie Caine
To Hell and Back by Lilith Saintcrow
Blood Sins by Kay Hooper
Guilty as Sin by Tami Hoag
Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
The Creative Edge by Mary Todd Beam
E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton
I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Mark of the Demon Diana Rowland
Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
First Family by David Baldacci
Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
Partnership by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball
Poison Sleep by T. A. Pratt
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (if you like True Blood, you should read her books!)
You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
The First 48 by Tim Green
Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister
Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (American history + vampires = WIN)
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson
The Camel Club by David Baldacci
Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister
Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts (excellent!)
Fatal Cure by Robin Cook (don’t bother)
U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
18 Seconds by George D. Shuman
Lords of Corruption by Kyle Mills (good,  but not as good as his previous books)
The Final Planet by Andrew M. Greeley
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb
Intervention by Robin Cook (his worse ever – DO NOT READ)
The Arraignment by Steve Martini

I have this plan to update more regularly.  If I commit to once a month, I might just be able to do it.  I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?

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July 1st 2009

Catching Up Again

I’ve been reading a lot.  These are just the ones I can remember reading since my last post.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Spending by Mary Gordon

Tips for Your Home Office by Meredith Gould

Irish Whiskey by Andrew M. Greeley

Irish Mist by Andrew M. Greeley

Irish Eyes by Andrew M. Greeley

Irish Stew by Andrew M. Greeley

The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Ergonomic Living: How to create a user-friendly home and office by Gordon Inkeles

How to Plan Perfect Kitchens by Kathleen M. Kiely

The Telling by Ursula K. LeGuin

Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold

Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart by Jane Lindskold

The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold

Wolf Captured by Jane Lindskold

The New Smart Approach to Kitchen Design by Susan Maney

Gone, But Not Forgotten by Phillip Margolin

Body Count by P. D. Martin

Shadow of Power by Steve Martini

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Darkness Falls by Kyle Mills

Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling

The Last Victim by Kevin O’Brien

Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly

Wool Pets by Lauri Sharp and Kevin Sharp

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Zen Brushwork by Tanchu Terayama, Thomas Judge and John Stevens

Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy

Live Bait by P. J. Tracy

Dead Run by P. J. Tracy

Snow Blind by P. J. Tracy

Abstract and Colour Techniques in Painting by Rolina van Vliet

Critical Conditions by Stephen White

Embracing Encaustic by Linda Womack

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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?

Amazon Associate link:
Irish Gold

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November 25th 2007

The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood

The Bishop in the Old NeighborhoodBishop Ryan is back in Chicago, this time in the west side neighborhood of Austin. My cousins grew up across the city line in Oak Park, not far from there. My grandparents lived for many years just a little north of the neighborhood. And as an added bonus, Greeley even mentioned my old neighborhood, Ravenswood, in passing.

As a murder mystery, it moved along quickly enough to make me not want to put the book down, though it does seem Blackie arrives at his solutions not always through deductive reasoning but a bit of the second sight. But that’s to be expected among the Irish… even if said Irishman is a Catholic bishop.

Amazon Associate link:
The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood

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November 22nd 2007

The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain

The Bishop and the Beggar GirlLike all of Greeley’s books that I’ve read, this one is a quick, easy and delightful read. Rather than being set in Chicago, this one takes place in Paris. This, of course, necessitates a lot of French being spoken. I’m sure French is a delightful language, but I really dislike trying to read it because I can’t hear it in my head. I’m sure that’s because I opted to take Spanish and German in school.

As a “recovering Catholic,” one of the most astounding things about Greeley’s books is that Father Blackie’s brand of Catholicism makes me want to take some classes on the subject. And now that I’m working for a Catholic college, it’s quite likely that I will.

Amazon Associate link:
The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain

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August 31st 2007

Free Fall

Free FallThis is the next book in the series by Kyle Mills. Just as interesting and fast-paced as the previous. I’m staying up too late, eating lunch alone, being anti-social. Perhaps for my next book, I’ll pick something less riveting. Unfortunately, I also have Burn Factor waiting to be read… both of these books came from Booksfree so I will be anti-social and read the second one quickly as well so I can return them.

I finally made it over to the library and borrowed six books. I’ve already read two of them… The Bishop Goes to The University by Andrew Greeley and The Fourth Perimeter by Tim Green. Like all Greeley books I’ve read, this one was fun and fast. The major bonus with Greeley books is that most of them are set in Chicago. They make me miss Chicago (though never the weather, of course). The Green book was interesting, but getting through it was more of a chore than Greeley and Mills. And not quite as believable, either. But if you like mysteries and have read everything else, go for it.

Amazon Associate links:
Free Fall
Burn Factor
The Bishop Goes to the University
The Fourth Perimeter

Burn Factor The Bishop Goes to the University The Fourth Perimeter

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