18 May, 2010

Book Notes

We see many readers, at the library, who take an authors' complete work off the shelf and read it straight through. 
Not my  cup of tea.

There are others who read only the new book by whomever, then we don't see them again until he/she writes another new one.
No comment....

There are a handful of authors that I actually look forward to reading.  Last night I finished Laurie King's newest book about the improbable (but oddly believable) relationship between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.  She presents Holmes, and his processes in a way that, while paying homage to Conan Doyle, is a successful extension of the attributes of a wellknown literary character.  Not an easy thing to do.  Do you remember the pathetic attempts to catch the spirit of Rhett and Scarlett, and the DeWinters.....The characters are well developed, the plots  interesting.  The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the first of this series. 
The recent weeks have also seen a new Martha Grimes, Elizabeth George and the last Robert Parker western. At least I assume it to be the last, although we've seen, on a  fairly regular basis, that death does not mean a person won't publish again...

Later this summer I'll pick up the new Daniel Silva.  In between, there are more than enough good books out there to keep me busy.  In spite of the perennial warning not to judge a book by its cover, there are many times that it is the cover that catches my eye, more than an author's name or genre.  Other than an irrational (and fairly consistent)avoidance of book club books (snobbery, according to some) my taste is eclectic, satisfying whatever mood happens to strike. 

What's on your summer reading list??


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