May was an odd month for reading. I listened to a lot of audio books because I spent a lot of time in the car. I started reading a lot of books early in the month, but I couldn’t focus on them enough to finish them until the end of the month. But the important part, for me, is that I ended up getting a fair amount of reading done.
There were two non-fiction books that I read this month.
- I, Bipolar by D.S. Black was a somewhat disturbing read, but I am glad I read it. This is the story of a young man who is bipolar. It shed some light on a disease that several people I know have been diagnosed with. I am glad that Mr. Black was able to write the book and willing to share his story with anyone who was interested to read it. I wish him well in the future.
- The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto was a book I had wanted to read for a long time. I had heard about it as I was doing research for the novel, but I couldn’t find it. Finally I found a free ebook edition, and I read it. It has proven to be quite valuable as I am rewriting fight scenes, especially. The book might not have a lot of appeal to most people, but it was quite interesting to me.
As for novels, I read quite a few.
- Give the Dog a Bone by Leslie O’Kane was a good story. It was a complete surprise — but not for any normal reasons. I got the book Death Comes e-Calling free from Amazon. At least I thought I did. What I really got was Give the Dog a Bone. (I couldn’t figure out what the title of the book had to do with the story! Guess I’m a little slow! ) I enjoyed this book, though, and will probably read more by O’Kane in the future.
- Murder on the Page by Kennedy Chase was good, but think I needed some back story to really understand what was going on in some places. How did Harley get to be a finder? It seemed a little improbable from what I learned in this book. Overall, though, it was a good story.
- Out of the Past by Renée Pawlish was a great story. It was filled with deception, but Reed managed to figure it all out. The film noir references were fun, too. I’ll be reading more of this series.
- Cuernavaca by Richard Perhacs was probably my favorite book this month. Perhacs obviously loves Mexico, warts and all. The story was good, and it was told well.
- Death by Betrayal by Jaden Skye was another very good story. I really like Skye’s books. The only problem I had with this one was that it need a proofreader. A few typos are OK, but this had way to many. Maybe I don’t have a final version of the book? I don’t know. I haven’t had this trouble with her stuff before.
- Bound Bayou by David Cranford was a fascinating story about life in 1950. While it mostly took place in Mississippi, it told a lot about England after the War, too. It was a coming of age story unlike any other I have read.
The only short fiction I read last month was Detective: The European Quest to Find a Murderer by Johnny Scotland. It was a gruesome story with an unhappy ending, but I cannot fault the writing at all. It was actually very good.
And finally, the audiobooks.
- The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
- The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The City at World’s End by Edmond Hamilton
- The Defiant Agents by Andre Norton
- The Efficiency Expert by Edgar Rice Burroughs
I got all of them from librivox.org again. All these stories were quite good. The Big Time was a little hard to follow. The others were great. I especially liked The Colors of Space and The Defiant Agents.
So it ended up being a good month for reading. I didn’t think it would be, but I am glad that it was.