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Ingrid

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about my reading
« on: October 14, 2006, 01:46:59 PM »

I think we may eventually get a separate topic for this, but I thought I's post in Chat meanwhile.

A couple of short comments:

1)  I just tossed a Jack Reacher novel after trying hard for 1/3 of the book to get interested.  It is arguably the most boring book I've ever encountered in the genre.  Forgot the title (not memorable -- one of the generic thriller titles) but it concerns guarding a Vice President elect.  I'm trying to be encouraged by the occasional failure of a best-selling author.

2) On the other hand, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novel ANGELS FLIGHT isn't half bad.  Considering that I haven't been fond of the Harry Bosch ones.  :)

3)  And joy!  This Sunday, Masterpiece Theater will run a new Helen Mirren mystery.  These have been excellent in the past.  Check your PBS stations.

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Re: about my reading
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2006, 02:32:31 PM »

Hi, Ingrid

I disagree and agree and disagree

I haven't read the Reacher novel you mention yet, but I have yet to find a book in the series I didn't enjoy--some more than others.  Now, every time I read a book in the series, I mentally kick myself for waiting so long to try him.  May I suggest you give Killing Floor--the first in the series--a go?  It will give you a better idea of how Reacher got to where he is.

Connelly is one of my favorite authors (especially his Harry Bosch series) and Angel's Flight one of the best in that series.

I've just about totally given up on mysteries with an English setting--both in print and on TV.  They drag interminably in my book, especially Elizabeth George.

Just my 2 cents

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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2006, 05:28:01 PM »

Ah, yes, I liked the other Jack Reacher novels and I've read KILLING fLOOR. I'll admit I had some reservations about the one where the serial killer leaves bodies in olive drab paint, but it was certainly not boring. The one I tossed was boring.

And I like George very much indeed.  She's a bit slow but excellent, with so far only one weak novel -- the one about the musical prodigy.  Her latest was back to her earlier strength.

Michael Connelly's LINCOLN LAWYER is, I think, much better than his Bosch novels.

My favorites are Ken Bruen and Olen Steinhauer at the moment.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2006, 05:50:26 PM »

I’ve just finished Lee Child’s One Shot and Hard Way, I enjoyed them as a loyal enthusiast of Lee’s would, however, it could be my imagination, but I think Reacher's character is getting a little too ‘larger than life’, his prowess  is starting to veer towards the super hero. I think human frailties and the ability to get it wrong once in a while, adds to the strength of the character. That’s my opinion…

 I’ve just started the PJ Tracey writing team’s latest novel Snow Blind, I really enjoyed the previous books and hope this one will be up to the same standard.

As for Michael Connelly, I think ‘The Poet” was his best. I like the way he introduces a minor character from one novel into another and expands on it.

One other book worth a look is the Devils Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver, it had be going back over the last few chapters, to re-read them!
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2006, 08:38:53 AM »

I must say I liked "The Poet" a lot too, as well as "Black Echo", but have been unable to get into the rest of Connelly's books for some reason.

Lately, I've been reading a bit by a fellow name Jonathan King. Very much enjoying his Max Freeman novels.

And my most exciting reading of late: The Economic Impact Report on Conn Brown Harbor. Realistic characters, taught dialog and gripping suspense. I may have to stick a fork in my eye.   :-\
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2006, 09:26:58 AM »

Ah!  I shall ty to get hold of THE POET.  Sounds good.  Thanks.

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Re: about my reading
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2006, 09:48:49 PM »

Lately, I've been reading a bit by a fellow name Jonathan King. Very much enjoying his Max Freeman novels.
Yes!! King is one of my favorites, too.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2006, 01:08:08 PM »

After hearing so many people rave about Ken Bruen, I might have to break down and buy one of his books. None of my local libraries have anything by him, darn it.

My favorite recent read is THE GARDENS OF THE DEAD by Matthew Brodrick. Anyone familiar with his work? This is his second book and I thought it was outstanding. From the flap copy; "Psychologically complex and suspenseful, GARDENS reveals the inner working of the courts of England through the unfolding of a richly rewarding story, and through characters who become unforgettable in their struggles with evil and thepossibiliity of redemption."

The main character is Father Anselm, a barrister turned monk. The author is a monk turned barrister. Go figure.


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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006, 08:30:27 AM »

Just got back from a holiday in Venice, and was reading Donna Leon while I was there. All her books are set in Venice with a character called Commissario Guido Brunetti. One of her books AQUA ALTA was set literally around the corner from the square where we had our apartment! 8)

BTW this was my first holiday in 5 years and it had been 12 years since I'd been off the island of Ireland! If I could I'd move to Venice.

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2006, 01:48:30 PM »

I used to like Donna Leon but have cooled a bit.  Still love the main character and the setting, but the plots are beginning to feel similar and I don't much like his family. Maybe because his wife is issue-oriented.  Not sure.

And Venice is my favorite city in the world.

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