I'm currently reading The Toy Maker's Key: (every Now and Then) by J Monroe McCoy. Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman and The Order by Daniel Silva are my next two choices. It'll probably come down to a coin flip!May 2, 2021
I've finished that book, finally. It was a good read. The only reason it took so long to finish was lack of enthusiasm for reading in general. I'd been using much of my free time learning about astrophotography, as you might've noticed in the Space section. Right now, I've started reading Serpentine. It's been a while since I read anything in this series, so I figured it should go first.May 10, 2021
My goodness, I forgot how fast of a read those Alex Delaware novels are. They are mostly dialog, making it easy for me to enjoy reading hours at a time. I think I actually sat down three times to read this, and finished it yesterday on the third reading. The weather this week was cold and rainy. (March weather in May, anyone?) Coupled with delicious coffee, it was ideal reading weather! This novel was about an old cold case with minimal leads. There are some interesting twists and turns, as expected, and everything wraps up nicely in the end. It was a satisfying ending as well, I might add. Without spoiling too much, I will say that not every question gets answered. I prefer this sort of result instead of the fantasy land where we find out everything.
Next up is Daniel Silva's novel, The Order. It's another in a series about Gabriel Allon, a legendary Israeli spy and art restorer. The handling of human assets, interactions between intelligence agencies of different nations, and the spycraft in general are what keep me interested in this series.June 28, 2021
The Order was an interesting read. It has some Vatican conspiracies going on. Nothing like Dan Brown's novels though! I'm not sure what I'll read next. The Charles Stross book I'm waiting for won't be available until this fall. I'm open to suggestions! Perhaps it's time to read a work of non-fiction. It's been a while. Most of the books I've read of that nature have been related to my faith. I wonder if there are any autobiographies out there that might interest me.October 24, 2021
My pre-ordered hardback copy of Invisible Sun by Charles Stross arrived about a month ago. It was an enjoyable read. There were some plot elements from the previous book that I had hoped would be expanded upon. When it finally came to that, it seemed as if they were just glossed over. Disappointment struck deep immediately. I pressed on, and thankfully more on that part of the story was revealed. It wasn't as much detail as I had hoped, but I reminded myself that although there are scifi/fantasy aspects of this series, it's mostly political and economical in nature.
One day, as I was grocery shopping, I found some familiar authors
in the paperback section on the book rack.
I didn't buy anything that day. A week or so later when I passed by again I made an impulse
purchase. I thought I recognized the author as someone I'd read before (still do!) but
when I brought the $8.99 paperback home, I learned it was a romance novel. A what? Yeah...
I checked out the other books of this person, and I hadn't read any of them. I still don't
know why I think I have! I very likely won't pick up that book and finish it any time soon.
Eventually another book caught my eye. James Patterson and J.D. Barker's The Noise. This book is extremely fast paced, in more ways than one. I think I read it in two or three days. It starts off very fast and does not relent. There's a scifi aspect to this that goes unexplained for most of the novel. Honestly, I like it that way. Often times I feel that trying to explain really cool mysterious plots is what ruins them. When it came time for the explanation in this book, it was a little unexpected. This might have been because of the fast pace not lending me much time to contemplate what was going on in any depth. The ending borrows ideas from other works of fiction that I also found enjoyable. It didn't degrade it in any way for me at all.