Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The 8th Confession - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 8th Confession is Patterson's 8th Women's Murder Club novel. As always I really enjoy Patterson's pacing. Reading a book in this series is like sitting down with an old friend. You're comfortable with the characters but still riveted by the story and what will happen next. Lots of twists and turns. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child

Gone Tomorrow is the 13th Jack Reacher novel. It starts on the subway in New York. From there to the ending is one long suspenseful dangerous ride. Jack ends up on everybody's list before it's over. The good guys and the bad guys. The man really knows how to kick ass. Very highly recommended.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Skin Trade - Laurell K. Hamilton

Skin trade is the latest Anita Blake novel. This story felt like old times. Anita spent more time fighting the bad things than having sex with them. There were still a fair number of naked bodies, but there was more action and less introspection. I really enjoyed this book. Las Vegas is having some problems with an old nemesis of Anita's. Add in a whole new list of bad things and it's a story that keeps you reading way past bed time. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Warriors #2: Fire and Ice - Erin Hunter

Fire and Ice is the second novel I've read in a series about cats living in the wild. I enjoy the story and the characters, but I have a hard time with glorifying cats as predators when cats are not natural predators. They're domesticated animals that still have the instinct to hunt. When turned lose in suburban and rural areas they don't live on the vermin that infest homes and businesses. They go for the easy prey like rabbits, baby squirrels, chipmunks, and ground dwelling birds. They have a drastic negative impact on the populations of rodents and birds in areas where they're released to go feral. The author is simply misguided in glorifying something that is not natural and not environmentally sound. I'm not reading any more in this series. Not recommended.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Liars & Thieves - Stephen Coonts

Liars & Thieves is a novel following Tommy Carmellini instead of Jake Grafton. Of course Jake gets into the action before the story is over, but this time the focus is on Tommy. He's in the wrong place at the wrong time and when the bodies are sorted out he's on the run. KGB secrets are the motive for the killings and unless he moves fast Tommy will be next. The twists are amazing and the conclusion is very satisfying. Highly recommended.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Undead and Unwelcome - Mary Janice Davidson

Undead and Unwelcome is book eight in the Betsy the vampire series. This time while Betsy is in New England dealing with the werewolf clan her sister Laura, who just happens to be the spawn of the devil, is causing trouble at home. This is the best tongue in cheek vampire series I've found. You just have to love Betsy. She is so blonde. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb

Assassin's Quest is the final book in Hobb's Farseer Trilogy. Following Fitz from childhood to the tale's conclusion is an adventure. Wit, Skill, and Dragons. A winning combination. An excellent story. Very highly recommended.