Monthly Archives: April 2020

Art and Fear ~ by David Bayles and Ted Orland

*******Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ArtmakingBy David Bayles and Ted Orland2012 – 125 pagesRead by Arthur Morrey 3h 8mRating 3 – nonfiction(both read and listened) *******  I don’t think I’d have looked twice at this book … Continue reading

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The Big Lie by James Grippando

*******The Big Lie  by James Grippandoread by Jonathan Davis 11h 22mrating – A / legal thriller*******  I’d read a couple of Grippando’s prior works and apparently hadn’t taken to them because I read one, gave it an A and then … Continue reading

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White NIghts
 ~ by Ann Cleeves

White Nightsby Ann Cleeves2015 / Read by Gordon Griffin  11h 31mRating: A / mystery Shetland Island series I read the first in this series a couple years ago and kind of wanted to get into the series but there was no time.  … Continue reading

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Blood Defense
 ~ by Marica Clark 


 *******Blood Defenseby Marica Clark2017 / Read by Tara Gilbert 11h 50mrating:  B / legal thriller ******* I read one other Marcia Clark years ago and wasn’t too keen on it but I thought I’d try again.  This is the first in a … Continue reading

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The Best Friend ~ by Adam Mitzner

*******The Best Friend by Adam Mitznerread by Chris Andrew Ciulla , Kate Udall 8h 58mrating – B / legal crime ******* I decided to take a break from the 3 (I think) heavier books I’ve been reading because this coronavirus makes me … Continue reading

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The Night Watchman ~ by Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich2019 / 464 pagesread by author 13h 32mrating – 9 historical fiction    (both read and listened)  I love the writing of Louise Erdrich but there have been a couple books which, because she reads them herself, … Continue reading

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The Innocents ~ by Michael Crummey

I really enjoyed Crummey’s prior works especially Galore (2012) but he’s a poet and I’ve come to appreciate the story in storytelling more than the telling. This one is a bit different, it’s about love and family and so on. … Continue reading

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I did it!

After a long while of thinking and then procrastinating I finally removed a lot of excess padding from this site. The individual posts go back to 2011 and there were some from prior to that – from when I had … Continue reading

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Front Row at the Trump Show ~ by Jonathan Karl

Front Row at the Trump Showby Jonathan Karlread by the author 10h 16mrating 8 / current events Good book but I was wrong in trying to read it now with the pandemic at its height (I hope). There’s nothing really … Continue reading

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St. Paul ~ by Karen Armstrong

St Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hateby Karen Armstrong2015 /  159 pagesread by author  – 5h 21mrating – 8 / Bible history-biography  Armstrong is always pretty good although I’m not sure she should read her own works. I do … Continue reading

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Camino Island ~ by John Grisham

*******By John GrishamRead by January LaVoy – 8h 45mrating – B+ / crime ******* This really isn’t up to Grisham’s standards or style it seems to me.  There were some very good parts though.  The basic story was fine, the … Continue reading

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Eight Perfect Murders By Peter Swanson

This is an interesting book but I’m not sure I “enjoyed” it which is disappointing because I really wanted to.  I’d read maybe half off the book which are used as plot device but that’s’ not really a big deal … Continue reading

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