Tuesday, April 24, 2012

White Nights

Ann Cleeves

When stories become predictable, I lose interest in the author.
Two chapters in White Nights and I thought I could guess the ending.
When the murderer was revealed, I was pleasantly surprised.
The hints are peppered throughout the story.
Ann Cleeves keeps you speculating until the last chapter.

Next Telling Tales a DI Vera Stanhope mystery

Monday, April 23, 2012

Scourge A Grim Doyle Adventure

Children Science Fiction

 After writing an update for the Photoblog and sharing it on Twitter, I found I had a new follower.
Before I follow back, I always check out what they are about.

I was pleased to find that David H. Burton is a Canadian author of science fiction books for young readers.
The book that caught my attention is Scourge a Grim Doyle Adventure.
The cover reminds me of the Jules Verne books I enjoyed in my teens.

On his official site, I followed a link to the Kindle Editon and read the preview chapters.
The first chapter convinced me to follow him back.
After the third, I was hooked.
So thumbs up for another great author.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Reviews

Preview Chapters

When it comes to reading, like everything else, we have preferences.
And those preferences change as we mature.

My present list of favourite authors was quite different ten years ago.
Being able to read one or two chapters of a book on Amazon or Kobo helped shaped my present list.
Reviews are fine, if you share the same taste as the reviewers.
Nothing will give you a feel of an author more than the authors themselves.

I chose a few books based on reviews alone.
One book nearly got shred to pieces before the end of the second chapter.
So, if any of my recommendations make you curious, follow the link and read the first two chapters when possible.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Geraniums and Pelargoniums

Alibris Books

 I thought you might like to know that Geraniums and Pelargoniums by John Feltwell is currently available from Alibris Books.
You can order new or used version.
I got mine years ago from Lee Valley Tools.

I refer to this book often when I research a new addition to my collection.
The book is loaded with great photos.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shetland Quartet

Ann Cleeves

Right now, I am reading the second of Ann Cleeves Shetland Quartet, White Nights .
I enjoyed The Crow Trap featuring DI Vera Stanhope and decided to check another series.
In the Shetland Quartet, the hero is detective Jimmy Perez.
Halfway through the story I found it harder to turn off my Kobo.

With Ann Cleeves we got a bit more variety.
Having more characters to write about is probably how the author stays interesting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Murder Stone

Louise Penny

 In The Murder Stone, Louise Penny gives us a bit more of Armand Gamache the husband.
We also get a deeper look in the character of Peter Morrow and his life before Clara.
Most of the story is set in a fictional auberge in Bellechasse instead of Three Pines like the previous books.
The how of the murder is the most intriguing part this time.
There are plenty of suspects and motives.