I have spent a lot of time in the car this month, and as a result, have done a lot of reading. I managed to read 11 books:
- Destiny’s Road by Larry Niven
- Free Fire by C.J. Box
- Guilty Pleasures by Laurel K. Hamilton
- The Laughing Corpse by Laurel K. Hamilton
- The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
- Angel Station by Walter Jon Williams
- Lay Down My Sword and Shield by James Lee Burke
- Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
- Saint Vidicon to the Rescue! by Christopher Stasheff
- Circus of the Damned by Laurel K. Hamilton
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
Although I had no idea I was doing it, I started and ended the month with books by Larry Niven. Destiny’s Road was the first of his books that I read, and I really liked it. I like the way he writes — he doesn’t feel a need to throw you immediately into the midst of conflict. Ringworld was similar in that regard, but it was a very different book from Destiny’s Road. There was more science than I am really comfortable with. But it was an enjoyable book, nonetheless. I can really see Niven’s growth as an author; Ringworld was written in 1970 and Destiny’s Road in 1998.
Free Fire was a fast book. It was a mystery that takes place in Yellowstone. The basic story was interesting — murder committed in an area of Yellowstone where you basically can’t be prosecuted. There was, of course, more to it than that. I really enjoyed it.
I read three books by Laurel K. Hamilton, the first three in her Anita Blake series: Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, and Circus of the Damned. I really enjoyed all three. They aren’t real serious reading, but they are fun books to read. I like her books because they are set in St. Louis, a city I am familiar with, and because they really create an entire new world there. I enjoy vampire books, and I am just surprised it took me so long to start reading them!
I had not read anything of Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s before reading The Healer’s War. She was a nurse in Viet Nam, but she takes pains to explain that it isn’t autobiographical. I enjoyed the book a lot because it reminded me of the old TV series China Beach, with a little fantasy thrown in. I am interested to see the great variety of books that are considered fantasy. It makes me feel better about the book my son and I are writing.
Lay Down My Sword and Shield is an early James Lee Burke. My husband won’t read Burke anymore because they are always so unhappy, but I still like them. This book was definitely filled with unhappy people, but they were interesting to me.
Fever Dream was interesting on a number of levels. The main character was from New Orleans, which I enjoyed. I don’t know that I liked him as a character, though. The story was good, though. There is a sequel, Cold Vengeance, coming out in August. I will be reading it!
St. Vidicon to the Rescue! was a hilarious book! Christopher Stasheff was teaching at the university I do when the book was published. I can see a lot of influences from his academic role here in the book. It is lightearted and just fun!
I read a total of 3,922 pages this month. If I did that every month, I’d reach my goal of 45,000 pages. Unfortunately, most months I don’t read nearly that much. Oh well… Goals are there to shoot for, not necessarily to achieve!