***As I get back to blogging, one of my first tasks was to go through the drafts folder and weed out partially written posts. This post, though, is done, and there’s no reason not to publish it. So here ’tis!***
L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais (mystery/suspense) – Recommended to me by Jen from Jen’s Book Thoughts, this is one of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels. Joe Pike’s ex-girlfriend is found murdered, and her father asks Joe and Elvis to find her killer. If I was on a mystery/suspense binge, then I’d totally do Robert Crais. Highly recommended, despite a few things I found annoying in the beginning.
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist – Picked by my book club, though this had been on my radar for quite some time. This book takes place in the future in a dystopian society where, if folks reach a certain age (50 for women, 60 for men) and aren’t needed by someone else (a father/mother, a husband/wife, or children), they’re sent to a facility to live while their organs are harvested for people with families until they finally have to give away an organ that they can’t do without. This book gave me a lot to think about in regards to what makes someone important in society. This book was translated from Swedish, and while it definitely had a foreign feel, I have no complaints about the writing and was thrilled I had the chance to read this book. Highly recommended.
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie – At times I felt this book was brilliant, at other times I felt this book was so utterly boring that I considered putting it down and never picking it up again. When the atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, Hiroko Tinaka was wearing a silk kimono with three black cranes across the back which are burned on to her skin during the bombing. The book follows Hiroko through most of her life, from losing her fiance in Nagasaki to falling in love again to having a son who gets caught up with terrorists. Unfortunately, the boring parts were too overshadowing of the brilliant parts, so I just can’t recommend this book.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Just a freaking fantastic book set in the future, and there were numerous moments where I was like, Is what I think’s happening really happening? Ishiguro never really comes out and tells you This is what’s happening, which makes the book that much more intriguing. A great book for book clubs. Highly highly recommended.
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – I loved this book. Ralph orders a bride (“a reliable wife”) and Catherine responds. Both people have their own plans for the other: Catherine wants to marry Ralph and then kill him, and Ralph, well, he’s got plans as well, though he doesn’t plan on killing Catherine. I’ve got over 40 flags tagging various sentences/passages, which for me is a sign of a really great book. Highly recommended.
Good People by Marcus Sakey – This is the kind of mystery that would make a great book club pick. A nice couple find a load of cash, decide not to go to the police, and end up running from the criminals that it belongs to. It made me think a lot about what I’d do in that situation, and how I could best evade hardened criminals. Important stuff to think about, because you never know when you’ll find a sack full of money and need to run for your life. Fantastic book club fodder, no? Pretty highly recommended.
The First Rule by Robert Crais – This was the first book by Robert Crais that I read. This is what hooked me on him. A great storyline, fast pacing, and frankly not a whole lot of violence. A lot of implied violence, but we all know that our imagination is better than actually being told what happened. Highly recommended.