Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen items from JMC’s library record

1. Y: the last man (vols 7-9), David Gallaher recommended this series to me and I LOVE it. Social commentary, action, an extinction level event, what more could a reader want? 

2. The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella. WWII historical set in Italy, billed as a culinary romance, it caught my attention when Jayne reviewed it. 

3. The Guild of Xenolinguists, anthology of short stories by Sheila Finch. I liked the idea of SFF stories based on the way new races/cultures communicate, while avoiding the generic universal translator. 

4. The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa. I remember reading a review of this in which Edith Grossman was mentioned as translator. I keep seeing her name attached to good stuff, including Gabo’s work. So I picked this up. 

5. The Art of Political Murder by Francisco Goldman. The Economist included it in the year end review of books.  It has something to do with recent history in Central and/or South America.

6. The Boy Behind the Mask: Meeting the Real Tutankhamun by Charlotte Booth. Random pick up at the library. Speculation about his life rather than the artifacts in his tomb. 

7. God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making… by Walter Russell Mead. Another Economist pick. 

8. Flyer by Marjorie Jones. Post-WW1, Australian-set romance. Different.  But I tried reading on my long, long commute this morning (including a car, two buses and a train — sounds like the intro of a joke, right?) and it was not every engaging.

9. All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann in audio format. Michael Holland nails Jules’ character. 

10. Blood Brothers by La Nora. I’ll buy all three at once when the series is complete. 

11. Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Gabaldon. On hold. I don’t like DG enough to shell out for her in hardback, although I appreciate Lord John more than I do Jamie Fraser. 

12. Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian. I’m on the fence about this series, so this one is still a library read. 

13. Geek High by Piper Banks. Jane’s review sounded good. 

I’m pretty sure that there’s some language about the TT that I’m supposed to include here, but I can’t find it at the moment.  


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7 responses to “Thursday Thirteen

  1. Anonymous

    I looked for The Wedding Officer at my library and was disappointed that they didn’t have it (still getting used to a smaller library). I remember Jayne’s review, and it also got a DIK at AAR, IIRC. I read an older book by the same author (Food of Love) and thought it was great — he has a real knack for describing good food. If you like The Wedding Officer too, I’ll definitely have to see about an interlibrary loan. 🙂

    • I got The Food of Love from my library recently and I loved it, too. Completely agree about the food descriptions: even though Bruno, the protagonist, had a thing for true Roman cuisine, which is heavy on the animal innards, and I’m a quasi-vegetarian (fishetarian? is that even a word?), he made my mouth water every few pages. I’ve got The Wedding Officer in my TBR now, too. Found it at a charity shop for only 2 pounds!
      As for other books in the list… have you read Vargas Llosa before? I seem to remember you reading one of his books of essays, but his fiction? I like his writing even better than Gabo’s.
      Blood Brothers: I’m going to try to wait for all three of the books to be out before I read them. I know, I know, I’ll have to wait a year, but I’ll try to be strong.
      Midnight Awakening: I was not too impressed with the first one in the series, but given Jane’s review, I’m going to give her another chance.

      • I’ve only read Vargas Llosa’s essays before, so I’m looking forward to his fiction.
        I liked the first Lara Adrian book but felt sort of ~meh~ about the second. Was not impressed with the glimpses of the hero and heroine of this third book that were given in the earlier books, so despite Jane’s review I’m still on the fence about the series.
        I planned on reading the Blood Brothers trilogy all at once. Sadly, I have no will power and could not resist picking it up when I saw it on the library shelf.

  2. From Carrie
    Too bad about The Flyer. Marjorie’s been having some tough times lately and hadn’t even really promoed her release. I had hoped it would be more engaging than her debut, The Lighthorseman, which was sorely lacking in some chemistry.

  3. #6 sounds like a book I’d enjoy. Happy TT. Mine is here.

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