Sequels (sigh)

There are those authors such as Louise Penny, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais (mystery writers), or Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas (young adult fantasy) who reliably turn out books in their ongoing series year after year. You… Read More

Kate #5

Sometimes reading Kate Atkinson’s books make you feel like you’re meeting your cousin for coffee. She sits down and, before you can pick a topic of conversation, she launches into a long narrative about her friend Janey. Now,… Read More

News re: my dog

At the center of When Will There Be Good News, Kate Atkinson’s third Jackson Brodie novel, is a new character, Reggie. I enjoyed this book mainly because I so adored her. She is 16 (sweartogod), looks 12, acts… Read More

The Dry

After reading The Lost Man and being bowled over by it, I couldn’t resist moving on to Jane Harper’s other books, starting with her first, The Dry. While this debut novel is more of a police procedural and… Read More

Novel Christmas

For those who appreciate a lengthier read, I have attempted to round up some novels with Christmas themes or settings and, in doing so, not make you doubt my good taste! For ’tis true, ’tis true that a… Read More

One good turn

Can you be simultaneously enthralled with and utterly bewildered by the same book, the same author? If you read Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books, the answer is yes. I reviewed Case Histories, her first book starring Brodie, a… Read More

Call Down the Hawk

The mind of Maggie Stiefvater is a strange, labyrinthine forest of compelling characters, lyrical prose, and tantalizing half-formed truths not quite available to anyone but her. This much-anticipated book is the first of a new trilogy that nonetheless… Read More

B & B #2

I was delighted, upon browsing the seven-day checkouts in the Los Angeles Public Library e-book catalog, to discover that there is already a new book out from Michael Connelly. That guy is prolific! It’s another that combines the… Read More

Fresh look: old books

In the realm of science fiction writing, it mostly seems like the guys get all the love, so for this foray into older reads, I’m going to focus on some interesting and talented women writers, those who specifically address the… Read More

Buh-bye, Jack

A brand-new Jack Reacher novel came out in October and, lulled by my positive experience of reading the last one, I enthusiastically put my name on the holds list at the library and jumped right on it as… Read More