Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
From the front flap: EXtreme croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where Meg and her fiance have bought a house. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn't reached the stage of actual homicide, at least not until Meg finds the body of a dead woman down a small cliff. Her head has been bashed in, perhaps by a croquet mallet. Meg is drawn into the mystery.
In the meantime, the old house needs many improvements and and swarms with an entire family of working men. Meg's father is the overseer but is easily distracted since he has a tendency to become wrapped up in his current animal charges. This time it's ducks.
My Thoughts: As you may have noticed, I enjoy Cozy mysteries and funny stories. Donna Andrew's Meg Langslow series is one of my favorites in this genre. I didn't find this one as funny as some of the others but still got some good chuckles. I enjoyed the premise of this, murder during an eXtreme croquet match. This was a fun read, so go for it. The first book I read in this series, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, will stand out in my memory as the funniest.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
From the back: Welcome to Gil’s All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer. . . .Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren’t planning to stick around--until Loretta, the eatery’s owner, offers them one hundred dollars to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl’s a vampire, this looks right up their alley.But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg. Seems someone’s out to drive Loretta from the diner, and more than willing to raise a little hell on earth if that’s what it takes. Before Duke and Earl get to the bottom of the diner’s troubles, they’ll run into such otherworldly complications as undead cattle, an amorous ghost, a jail bait sorceress, and the terrifying occult power of pig Latin.And maybe--just maybe--the End of the World, too.
My Thoughts: The cover first induced me to pick this book up. The campy '50 horror movie poster look was too good to be ignored. I read above the title: Now Serving Armageddon with a side of fries..... It made me laugh so I went to the back and was persuaded to buy it. It was silly and gruesome in turn and fun to read. Duke and Earl, the werewolf and vampire heroes, rednecks that they were, seemed like regular people. Or regular redneck people. For example, Earl the vampire had a bad comb over. He didn't know it was bad because being a vampire he couldn't see it in a mirror. Duke the werewolf kindly didn't say anything about it. These unlikely heroes are determined to do the right thing. The right thing is to prevent Tammy ( Mistress Lilith, Queen of the Night) and her loyal but dumb boyfriend, Chad, from ending the world. I just loved brave little ghost dog. It has been said by Publishers Weekly that Douglas Adams fans will love it. As a Douglas Adams fan I can't really compare the comedic elements. Martinez humor is a lot more heavy handed and direct but no less funny. I greatly enjoyed it and will read more of his books.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My thoughts: This was different than I expected. I thought it would be more sci-fi but I found a deeper story of love, devotion, and friendship. I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand I loved it, the romance, love and dedication Henry and Claire share is wonderful to read about. I enjoyed not only getting to know them but getting to know their friends and family. I think the author handled Henry's trips back and forth in time well.
However SPOILER ALERT I couldn't bear to think of Claire waiting and waiting all those years to see Henry one more time after his death. The end, so sad, brought the whole book down for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I read it, but I was left....sad.
Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. Jones. And it’s called—hurray, hurray!—she’s getting to be a professional lunch lady! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And standing behind the counter. And even wearing a real actual hair net! Who knows? Pretty soon she could be the boss of the whole entire lunch operation!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
My Thoughts: I have long been a James Lee Burke/Dave Robicheaux fan. This book was a great read, keeping me on the edge of my seat as the characters and their stories collided. As usual, Burke can turn a phrase that sparks the imignation, makes you sigh for the beauty of it, or makes you think of things in a whole new light. Learning more about Clete was interesting.He is always there, Dave's steady friend, but this story gives you come more info on thier connections and why they depend on each other so mech. All that and a great murder mystery too. What's not to love!