I didn’t get as much read last month as I do sometimes. We were traveling and visiting family for two weeks, and I just didn’t read a lot then. But here is what I managed to read:
- Applied Ethics: The Philosophy of Right and Wrong by Isabel Gois and Christopher Woodward was an interesting book that may be useful to me in the class I teach each spring on critical thinking. We do a unit on ethics, and I am always looking for new materials to incorporate. This book takes various ethical questions and looks at them from different ethical standpoints. If you are interested in that kind of thing, you might find the books interesting.
- The 9th Hour by Claire Stibbe was a mystery that I really should not have read. It was supposed to be set in Albuquerque, but it just didn’t work for me. Nothing made it seem like Albuquerque at all. The main character, a transplant from London, seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. Reading this book, I discovered that you can’t just say a book is set in a particular location — you have to convey a sense of that location. If I didn’t know Albuquerque at all, I might have liked the book more. It was a finalist for an award, though, so maybe I am just not getting something. The story was good, overall, so you might want to give it a try.
- Back to Lazarus by Judy K. Walker was a very enjoyable book. An investigator is hired to discover why a man, in prison for murdering his wife 24 years before, suddenly commits suicide. The story was a good one and kept my interest throughout. Some things were a little confusing — like why the Public Defender’s office was so willing to help the investigator — but overall, I liked it a lot.
- No Place to Die is the first book in a new series by Jaden Skye, author of the Caribbean Murder series Death by… I was hoping more since this is at least Skye’s second series. But, sadly, I was disappointed. The main character here is similar to the female lead in the other stories, but the story itself seemed even less well-developed than those of the other series. I don’t think I could be persuaded to read any more books by this author.
- Cold My Heart is the first book in the Lion of Wales series by Sarah Woodbury. This is a story if King Arthur that was very different from what I usually think of. I enjoyed it a lot.
- Footsteps in Time by Sarah Woodbury is the second book in her After Cilmeri series. I enjoyed this book every bit as much as Daughter of Time, the first book in the series. I find myself becoming as obsessed with Wales as Ms. Woodbury appears to be! The basic idea, time travel from present day United States to 13th century Wales, was intriguing. The characters are very appealing. I really recommend these books!
- Glorieta Pass by P.G. Nagle tells some of the story of the Civil War in New Mexico. The book is well-written, and the characters are memorable. I enjoyed the book, and I learned a lot from it. I knew that New Mexico thought it should be given statehood because of its contribution to the War, but I didn’t understand why until I read this book. There are others in this series, and I hope to read them all.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte was a long, difficult book. It was written as correspondence between a man who is in love with the tenant and his friend, but the letters are interrupted by the inclusion of the diary of the tenant before going back to letters. None of that was very well set out, so it was a little confusing at time. The story is one of domestic abuse and the toll it can take on everyone involved. I have to say I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t without its struggles.
- The Education of Brother Thaddius and other tales of Demon Wars by R.A. Salvatore was probably my favorite book last month. The stories were excellent, and I was very happy to be back in the Demon Wars world. If you like fantasy, I cannot recommend Salvatore’s Demon War books enough!
So that was it last month. Let’s see how this month goes!