Not for lack of thought, it has been a long time between Voolavex Books. Besides being quite lazy, the last month has brought birthdays (many), births, death, jail and the associated emotions each of these bring. There will be no Q&A on the above. You will some rementions. And this year I did not save my library receipts.
Neon Prey John Sanford does it again.
The Never Game ( Deaver has introduced new ‘hero’. Too twee and detailed for me.) And I like him.
The Satapur Moonstone (2nd in the Perveen Mistry series.) A+++++++ Sujata Massey, whom I have loved for decades). Set in 1920’s Bombay, Perveen is a Pasi woman and a Barrister – first women called to the Bar. I am just as enchanted with her new effort as I was when Massey was in Tokyo with Rei Shimura. Her two stand-alone novels set in India are also wonderful. The Sleeping Dictionary. And The Ayah’s Tale.
A Son of the Circus (a reread) Before I knew anything at all about India, I read this because I like John Irving. After 20+ years of reading ALL about India, I reread it and lingered with joy and every page. My advice is if you are not an Indophile – you will miss too much to enjoy it the way I did the 2nd time. It was eating at a banquet of favorites. No rating. It was simply wonderful.
France – all over France with detectives The Enzo Files, (Peter May) and Georges Dupin Series (Jean-Luc Baannalec). Both are not just excellent mystery series – they included tutorials on things I knew little about. Brittany, Oysters, Salt, Celtic history, food and Breton lore that prompted me to buy a map and guide to the areas; French regions I knew little about. And The Outer Hebrides Islands (cold, windy, scary sort of.), The Lewis Trilogy. Now I know how to harvest peat for fires. North Atlantic tides. In detail and delightfully. Because I grew up for years on Cape Cod – it rang true and was fascinating. adding to the subjects that many don’t know or care much about. But I do.
Down Under –Have moved back to the two Australian writers who died last year. Peter Corris and Peter Temple. (Another future post for them, after I find my Aussie slang dictionary).
Is it a gimmick or simply a natural progression? Book series. (FYI – there is a wonderful site “Book Series in Order.com“) very important if you get hooked onto cops and robbers and authors as I do. Some series work to perfection – largely (for me) due to the history of the main character… And it’s not a new idea, but it seems every writer is doing it and it leaves me unsure about the practice – almost too easy. The fact is if you latch onto a great series – the ‘I can’t wait’ syndrome sets in. I am considering a subscription to Publishers’ Weekly. Seriously. Here is a just found a site, Crime Fiction Lover.com It covers all the subcategories of dirty deed writing. Mystery, thriller, suspense, etc., and it is wonderful. I love the genre (as you can see) and this is up to date and intelligent site.
Is it possible, after a lifetime of loving the NYT Book Review, to have just outgrown it? It’s beginning to feel that way to me and I am sad. The word that pops into my mind every week is “Precious”. Too, too. Silly columns that match books with readers (please) and the “Short List” – although not a competition. How Twee. This and considering the revealed wisdom of the Best Seller Lists – my general observation is that readers read some crummy titles. Not too nasty, not too many big words and many James Patterson’s. Large font size fills pages faster, doesn’t it? I am delighted by the Washpo Friday book column by Ron Charles, (Washpo Book Editor.) In particular, his recent mention of a new Los Angeles Times effort on a serious book review section. The local paper for me – so fingers crossed.
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