Category Archives: thoughts

Crime Novels – a rant –

Crime Novels – a rant – 2/10/14 I’m getting a bit more selective about the crime novels I enjoy and give high ratings to.  I’ve read some really, really good ones and I don’t want to waste my time with books which … Continue reading

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Books and Crystal Souls

Oh my goodness –  I got the new Spiderweb Software game Avernum 2:  Crystal Souls   (great review) and I’ve been lost to the world for about 3 or 4 days.   I listen to books while I play the “casual level”  while  I listen to crime … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction – 2014

Due to a discussion in a reading group I got to wondering about the Historical Fiction I’ve read in the past year (2014)  So I did a little survey analysis since I’d never actually done a count.    I read … Continue reading

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Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row by John Grisham 2013/464 pages read by Michael Beck rating  A+ /  legal thriller Grisham is back!   For awhile there it looked like he’d permanently changed his genre but with the last book,   The Racketeer,  and … Continue reading

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Gourmet Fiction?

No, this is not about foodie books.   It’s about my calling that last book,  Sandrine’s Case,  “literary crime.”   To me,  “literary” is a very broad and ambiguous adjective to be added to a genre, and the term  “fiction” is … Continue reading

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I caved –

I’m doomed.   In my last post I wrote about how I couldn’t decide what to read next,  whether to tackle the books on the tbr shelf,  listen to a couple of Audible books or just go ahead and read … Continue reading

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Thoughts about historical fiction

It’s probably apparent from my reading choices and ratings that I really enjoy and appreciate good historical fiction but what does that mean,  “good”?   I know it when I read it?   (LOL!)    Pretty much.  It can mean … Continue reading

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thoughts on war books

I really do NOT like war books but war books are pervasive now,  pervasive and innocuous and you can’t tell from the cover or the blurbs.  But many,  many mainstream and detective novels have  huge chunks of war scenes in … Continue reading

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100 books! (omg)

At some point  last week I realized I had some time on my hands before July 1 when I could start on my next scheduled reads – (see READING NEXT).  I was real tired of crime novels.  I also realized I had … Continue reading

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thoughts – p.s.

Just thought of another “walking” book!   The Lighthouse by Alison Moore – read in February of this year.   Oh my –  that book has another male protagonist taking off on a foot-tour, this time in Germany.  He planned the … Continue reading

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Thoughts –

Currently well involved in “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce and want to stop to reflect. It’s another “walking wanderer” book. I’ve read several of these “trek” books lately (6 months!): “The Year of the Hare” (Arto … Continue reading

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Thoughts

Well,  I’ve been away for a week in North Dakota and although I read a bit,  it wasn’t as nearly as much as usual due to dealings with family – (a good time was had by all).   And I … Continue reading

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