What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:48 pm

FreeAtLast wrote:"A Darkness More Than Night" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown & Co., 2001)

I am a huge fan of Connelly's two major protagonists (Bosch and Haller), but I know I am preaching to the choir in this forum. This one is a Bosch novel which showed up out of nowhere at my local library recently. Either it has been loaned out in circulation for a long time or somebody just donated an old copy; whatever happened, I am very glad it wound up in my sweaty mitts.

This is one of Connelly's best efforts in writing about Bosch. Here's why:
1) He penetrates as deep as he ever has into Bosch's psyche and his motivations for being a homicide detective.
2) In this story, Bosch is in potentially the worst career trouble that he has ever experienced (yea, I know - that is very hard to believe).
3) He encounters once again expert FBI profiler Terry McCaleb. Instead of working together harmoniously to track down a killer, I don't think I am giving anything away by revealing that they are at odds against each other for most of the story. We also get a excellent picture of the obsessiveness of McCaleb's psyche. Will he - and Bosch - try everything and anything, no matter how morally and legally questionable, to solve a case?
4) It's one of Connelly's most intricately composed, high tension tales.

Set aside a slow weekend and savor this one; you won't regret it. :beer
FreeAtLast I love every one of Michael Connelly's book's and have read some twice. I just finished his new book "The Late Show" totally enjoyed it as much as Bosch or Haller. My other favorite authors are Lee Child, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder series), Dennis LeHane, and Harlan Coben.

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Post by skepticalobserver » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:00 pm

"The Warden" by Anthony Trollope. A Victorian author, so it's dated. Very well written and he's an excellent observer of human behavior.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FreeAtLast » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:20 pm

Dave55 wrote:
FreeAtLast wrote:"A Darkness More Than Night" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown & Co., 2001)

I am a huge fan of Connelly's two major protagonists (Bosch and Haller), but I know I am preaching to the choir in this forum. This one is a Bosch novel which showed up out of nowhere at my local library recently. Either it has been loaned out in circulation for a long time or somebody just donated an old copy; whatever happened, I am very glad it wound up in my sweaty mitts.

This is one of Connelly's best efforts in writing about Bosch. Here's why:
1) He penetrates as deep as he ever has into Bosch's psyche and his motivations for being a homicide detective.
2) In this story, Bosch is in potentially the worst career trouble that he has ever experienced (yea, I know - that is very hard to believe).
3) He encounters once again expert FBI profiler Terry McCaleb. Instead of working together harmoniously to track down a killer, I don't think I am giving anything away by revealing that they are at odds against each other for most of the story. We also get a excellent picture of the obsessiveness of McCaleb's psyche. Will he - and Bosch - try everything and anything, no matter how morally and legally questionable, to solve a case?
4) It's one of Connelly's most intricately composed, high tension tales.

Set aside a slow weekend and savor this one; you won't regret it. :beer
FreeAtLast I love every one of Michael Connelly's book's and have read some twice. I just finished his new book "The Late Show" totally enjoyed it as much as Bosch or Haller. My other favorite authors are Lee Child, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder series), Dennis LeHane, and Harlan Coben.

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If you enjoy police/detective procedurals, I highly recommend that you also search out this author: Ed McBain and his stories of the 87th Precinct.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:07 pm

FreeAtLast wrote:
Dave55 wrote:
FreeAtLast wrote:"A Darkness More Than Night" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown & Co., 2001)

I am a huge fan of Connelly's two major protagonists (Bosch and Haller), but I know I am preaching to the choir in this forum. This one is a Bosch novel which showed up out of nowhere at my local library recently. Either it has been loaned out in circulation for a long time or somebody just donated an old copy; whatever happened, I am very glad it wound up in my sweaty mitts.

This is one of Connelly's best efforts in writing about Bosch. Here's why:
1) He penetrates as deep as he ever has into Bosch's psyche and his motivations for being a homicide detective.
2) In this story, Bosch is in potentially the worst career trouble that he has ever experienced (yea, I know - that is very hard to believe).
3) He encounters once again expert FBI profiler Terry McCaleb. Instead of working together harmoniously to track down a killer, I don't think I am giving anything away by revealing that they are at odds against each other for most of the story. We also get a excellent picture of the obsessiveness of McCaleb's psyche. Will he - and Bosch - try everything and anything, no matter how morally and legally questionable, to solve a case?
4) It's one of Connelly's most intricately composed, high tension tales.

Set aside a slow weekend and savor this one; you won't regret it. :beer
FreeAtLast I love every one of Michael Connelly's book's and have read some twice. I just finished his new book "The Late Show" totally enjoyed it as much as Bosch or Haller. My other favorite authors are Lee Child, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder series), Dennis LeHane, and Harlan Coben.

Dave
If you enjoy police/detective procedurals, I highly recommend that you also search out this author: Ed McBain and his stories of the 87th Precinct.

Free
Thanks very much. I will check that series out.

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Post by wilson08 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:29 pm

The House at Riverton
by Kate Morton

Excellent novel set in England during the time frame of 1914 - 1924. A woman
in her late nineties, circa 1990s, recounts her life (beginning at age 14) as a
servant in an aristocratic household and provides a portrait of the family and
the servants and the distinct delineation between the two. Loyalty above all
else was the servant's credo in that era. Intriguing story with a galvanic twist.
Downton Abbey aficionados will enjoy this book.

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Post by heartwood » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:59 pm

I finished Jo Nesbo's The Thirst. I've read all of his Harry Hole series. This was quite good, with several misdirections, but also some very contrived situations to move the plot forward.

As an aside I wonder if he starts writing knowing how it ends or starts writing and lets it go where it will. I say that because a character or two, or events seem to come out of nowhere late in the story, or seem to have been added to setup the next book. Or I didn't follow closely enough and missed somethings.

I'm just starting Dennis Lehane's Since We Fell. As with Nesbo, I've read all of Lehane's novels. As others have mentioned I too enjoyed his early Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series. And most of his following books, although some are less rewarding than others. Perhaps I'm more into the snappy dialog of the early books, versus the detailed writing of The Given Day and others. But I keep reading him for the story and the writing.

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Post by gkaplan » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:36 pm

Last night, I finished Knife Creek by Paul Doiron.

When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery – a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier after she disappeared from a group rafting trip. As Bowditch assists the reopened investigation, he begins to suspect that some of his neighbors aren't who they seem to be. When violence strikes close to home, he realizes that his unknown enemies will stop at nothing to keep their terrible secrets. Mike Bowditch has bucked the odds his whole career, but this time the intrepid warden may have finally followed his hunches one step too far (Edited from publisher description.)

This is the eighth book in the in the author's Mike Bowditch series, and it may be his best. I've liked them all.
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Post by azurekep » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:24 pm

Dave55 wrote:
FreeAtLast I love every one of Michael Connelly's book's and have read some twice. I just finished his new book "The Late Show" totally enjoyed it as much as Bosch or Haller. My other favorite authors are Lee Child, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder series), Dennis LeHane, and Harlan Coben.
You know, I was wondering if I should start with Scudder, but it seemed a lot of those books dealt with alcoholism, and I could do without the alcohol, drugs, my-father-hated-me sorts of subplots. (They're okay once in a while, but I think I've read too many of them.) That's why I started with Keller. I do have a Scudder book in the queue. I cherry-picked it to avoid one of the boozer plots. :)

Finished: Hit List by Lawrence Block (John Keller Book 2)
Started: Hit Man by Lawrence Block (John Keller Book 1)

The Keller series is amusing. I've never seen anything quite like it. Very light reading and I'm sure Block gets a kick out of writing it.

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Post by Fallible » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:15 pm

Reread (prompted by a current forum thread on the “telltale chart”) Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story, The Tell-Tale Heart. I first read it in college in the ‘60s and mainly remember the horror of the beating heart. This time I appreciated more how Poe reveals the narrator’s madness and paranoia, starting with the very first word - “TRUE!”
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Post by d0gerz » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:48 pm

Currently reading Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. As with the earlier Sapiens this is a fascinating book. He starts off by saying how humans over the last 200 or so years have largely solved the problems of famine, plague, and war, something that they were unable to do so for millennia. Not that the problems don't exist anymore, rather have become quite manageable. More people today die of obesity than malnutrition, old age than infectious diseases, and suicide than war or terrorism. He argues that in the 21st century, as a logical consequence of liberal humanism, focus will instead shift toward the quest for immortality, happiness, and achieving super-human or god-like status.

There's a bit of overlap with Sapiens in Part II, which is a retelling of how we got to where we are, so will seem familiar if you've read it. This book is heavier on philosophical issues. He systematically debunks the notions of humans having a soul, free will, or one true self (for this last one he invokes Daniel Kahneman's work on the narrative self vs the experiencing self, which I found quite enlightening). And Part III is where I'm at right now where he ties all this into what the future holds.

If you've read Sapiens and liked it, I'd highly recommend this book.

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Post by ruralavalon » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:03 pm

The Race for Timbuktu, by Frank T. Kryza.

This is a history of exploration of Africa in the early 1800s, from both the West Cost and Tripoli searching for Timbuctu and the course of the NIger River. It tells the stories of the travels of Mungo Park, Hugh Clapperton, and primarily of Alexander Gordon Laing. It's hard to comprehend how dangerous and difficult was Laings's
trip across across the Sahara, and understand what motivated him. He left Tripoli for Timbuctu a few days after his wedding to the daughter of the British Counsel to Tripoli. The trip across the desert took 13 months, during which he was nearly killed by Tuareg tribesmen. He stayed in Timbuctu a few weeks. He was murdered a few days after he left Timbuctu. This is an amazing story.
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Post by sixtyforty » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:40 pm

Night by Elie Wiesel

An incredible book about his experience, as a teenager, with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:09 pm

azurekep wrote:
Dave55 wrote:
FreeAtLast I love every one of Michael Connelly's book's and have read some twice. I just finished his new book "The Late Show" totally enjoyed it as much as Bosch or Haller. My other favorite authors are Lee Child, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder series), Dennis LeHane, and Harlan Coben.
You know, I was wondering if I should start with Scudder, but it seemed a lot of those books dealt with alcoholism, and I could do without the alcohol, drugs, my-father-hated-me sorts of subplots. (They're okay once in a while, but I think I've read too many of them.) That's why I started with Keller. I do have a Scudder book in the queue. I cherry-picked it to avoid one of the boozer plots. :)

Finished: Hit List by Lawrence Block (John Keller Book 2)
Started: Hit Man by Lawrence Block (John Keller Book 1)

The Keller series is amusing. I've never seen anything quite like it. Very light reading and I'm sure Block gets a kick out of writing it.
Thanks. I have not read John Keller books yet.
Scudder is heavy drinking for about 5 books then gets sober at the end of the 5th one. You can start at the 4th book as Block backfills in important details. The transition to being sober is a good read. The 4th book is A Stab in The Dark and the 5th one is Eight Million Ways to Die. I loved all of the Scudder books.
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Post by bertilak » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:03 pm

ruralavalon wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:03 pm
It tells the stories of the travels of Mungo Park...
Mungo Park told the story himself in Travels in the Interior of Africa (1799). See https://www.travelbooks.co.uk/shop-onli ... mungo-park for an excerpt.

An absolutely fascinating tale.
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Post by Dogbreath650 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:16 pm

For SciFi fans I recommend a 3 book trilogy I just finished called the Red Rising trilogy

https://smile.amazon.com/Red-Rising-Boo ... red+rising

Pretty fast and compelling read if you're into that genre...

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Post by azurekep » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:44 pm

Dave55 wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:09 pm

Scudder is heavy drinking for about 5 books then gets sober at the end of the 5th one. You can start at the 4th book as Block backfills in important details. The transition to being sober is a good read. The 4th book is A Stab in The Dark and the 5th one is Eight Million Ways to Die. I loved all of the Scudder books.
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I read the 4th book, A Stab in the Dark and liked it. The frequent need for Scudder to stop at a bar and get bourbon was not that annoying. He was able to think straight most of the time and solve the crime. That's what counts.

Man, what an end. :shock:

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Post by ruralavalon » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:31 am

Daybreak, by Viktor Arnar Ingolfson.

Someone is killing goose hunters in Iceland early in the morning, apparently a serial killer using a shotgun. This is a different sort of murder mystery.
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Post by ajjulee » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:58 pm

"A Generation of Sociopaths" - How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
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Post by Lillibelle » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:50 pm

Non Fiction: STEALING FIRE: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work ~ Kotler & Wheal

Fiction: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman ... lyrical, mesmerizing

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Earl Lemongrab » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:20 pm

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The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross. This is one of the series of novels about The Laundry, a secret (yet still bureaucratic) British organization that battles eldritch threats. The books are a combination HP Lovecraft/thriller/Dilbert.
Finishing The Nightmare Stacks, the next book in the series. This is from viewpoint of Alex Schwartz, who started out the events of a couple books ago (The Rhesus Chart) as a mathematician with a high-paying analyst job at a London bank. By the end of that, he was nearly killed, developed PHANG syndrome (acronym meaning various things, but equaling vampire), and drafted into the Laundry (at severely reduced pay). Worst of all, at start of this book he is transferred to Leeds, where his parents live, and who know nothing about any of this.

His life seems to pick up when he becomes involved with an exciting young actress named Cassie. Unfortunately, this is actually Agent First of Spies and Liars, who has replaced the real Cassie. She's from a parallel dimension where elf-like humans evolved and have screwed up their world by releasing eldritch horrors during a war. The remnants plan to invade our dimension, with Cassie as the advance party. She's very confused by our world, because we seem to have built a society almost completely without the use of magic. She's relieved to locate a powerful wizard (Alex) as this was one of her requirements (on pain of death).
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Post by TravelforFun » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:26 pm

Hillbilly Elegy. This book answers a few questions about the rise of the alt.right movement and perhaps the result of the 2016 Election.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by bertilak » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:04 pm

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Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:52 pm
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (1864) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Occasionally, I buy a book but don’t get around to reading it. I put it on the shelf and forget I even have it. Today I ran across Uncle Silas and decided I was in the mood for it. The book is said to be of the Gothic Mystery genre. The editor’s introduction says there are similarities to elements in Wuthering Heights.
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Now, to the book itself. I will report back after I have read it!
Just finished Uncle Silas.

It is a Gothic, Victorian, mystery/suspense novel, from the middle of the golden age of Gothic novels. It fits right in and is worth the read for fans of that genre. This is NOT a horror or supernatural story. It is more like Wuthering Heights than Dracula.
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