I'm currently cycling through some meh fiction titles but my reading over the last six weeks has included some enjoyable stuff. A few of them were review books so I'll post links to those later but below is a little roundup of what I've read recently and haven't posted about:
Title: Dark Alliance
Author: Gary Webb
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (1998)
I guess I did post a bit about the stranger than fiction aspect of this topic but I'm back to say again that this is a book worth reading. It's hard to know where to begin with how great this book is but if you've ever wondered just what was going on with the Contras, or just where the heck all that cocaine came (comes) from, when and how crack became popular (and how it was dealt so successfully in South Central L.A. and other inner cities), the value our government places on life, or how little you can depend on mass media then this is the book for you.
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: Scribner (1994)
This is one of my picks for the Criminal Plots Reading Challenge so a review will be coming whenever I get around to it.
rating: coming soon(er or later)
Title: These Old Shades
Author: Georgette Heyer
Publisher: reprinted by Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009)
Ah, Heyer, how you comfort me. This is set before Devil's Cub and is more serious in tone than my favorite Heyers but I still enjoyed it. I also re-read April Lady just cuz.
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Title: Kafka on the Shore
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage (2006)
This is very well written but a little outside what I like to read. I got through about half of it. Let's just say "metaphysical" and sgwordy do not often spend time together. It's not that I don't get it, it's that I just don't care. My book club members really liked it though so there's something here for someone, just not me.
Title: The Sentry
Author: Robert Crais
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (2011)
The latest Joe Pike novel and worth a read if you're into the series. I had some quibbles that I'm too lazy to list here but they definitely kept it in the realm of 'enjoyable because I like Crais and Pike' and not shooting to the top of my RC favorites list. I'm curious what other RC fans thought of this one...
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Title: The Heretic's Wife
Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (2010)
I'm all over historical fiction that takes a little known historical figure and creates a life for her/him but this did not grab me. I never really got that much into any of the characters and felt everyone's ending was pretty obvious from the get-go (and, no, I didn't know the history beforehand:).
And I remain irritated at all these titles about someone's wife or daughter. They have names, you know!
rating: 2 of 5 stars
Title: Bury Me Deep
Author: Megan Abbott
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (2009)
A much better job of taking historical figures and creating a story for them. In this case, there was a lot more information available regarding the actual people but this story is still very much Abbott's. I especially liked how this was not only thriller/noir but also very much contained a psychodrama theme that was well done.
rating: 4 of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately?