Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday Reading Wrap-up - 8/4/18

This week, I downloaded a bunch of free and inexpensive books.  #50 and #51 are part of that.  I also picked up M in the Demon Realm (urban fantasy), The Haunting of Hattie Hastings part one (paranormal mystery), and Prince of Poison: Stoneborn #1 (fantasy).  I'll read those eventually.

52) Puppet on a Chain by Alistair MacLean (8/3/18) - Suspense - 4 stars.  Neither new nor underappreciated.  Part of my old crime novel collection that I'm slowly working my way through.
Review: " If it wasn't for the fact that the story takes a rather long time to get to the point and there seems to be a lot of extraneous information between here and there, this would probably be five stars. I almost gave up on it several times. Obviously not my favorite MacLean novel, but it's good if you can hang in there and read it all. And when you get closer to the end, some of the extraneous stuff begins to make sense and weave into the plot. Not a book for those with a lack of patience."

51) Murder Most Thorny (Myrtle Grove Garden Club #2) by LouLou Harrington (8/1/18) - Cozy Mystery* - 4 stars.  New to me, but plenty of reviews.
Review: "Fun little cozy mystery. Might have been better if I'd read the first book in the series before I read this one, but I didn't really feel like I was left out by not reading it. I might go back and get the first book, or just forge ahead."

50) Ghosts of Pinkerton: Vampire and The Frenchman by Andy DeJong (7/30/18) - Supernatural Adventure?*# - 5 stars.  New to me and way underappreciated.
Review: "That was AWESOME! I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Jasper and Cole. And Angus. And Emma. Even Gilles... until, you know. Malice was a deliciously evil villain. I can't wait until the next book comes out. There'll be a next book, right? Pretty please?"
(This question mark is there because I wasn't quite sure what genre to list this as.  It's kind of a genre blender.)

49) The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (7/29/18) - Technothriller - 3 stars.  Neither new to me nor underappreciated.
Review: "Well written, interesting, thrilling up to a point. But ultimately, disappointing."

DNF 7/29/18 - Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson.  A recent thrift store find.  Many times over the years, I'd heard of this but never took the chance to read it.  I didn't get that far in before I decided I wasn't really that interested in learning more about Thomas Covenant or his leprosy.  It probably gets better, but I don't have that kind of patience right now.

DNF 7/29/18 - Krondor the Betrayal by Raymond Feist.  One of my thrift store finds from years ago that I've held onto because I paid good money for it and I wanted to read it.  I got a couple dozen pages in and meh.

I finished that MacLean novel last night and I wasn't sure what I'd read next when I finished this post.  Plus, it was almost time for Live PD.  You'll find out next week what book was next.  ;o)


  1. I disliked The Andromeda Strain, too. Meh.
    I hated Lord Foul's Bane, but I bought the series new, when it first came out, and darned if I'd waste my money. Wasted the time instead. It never gets better. Yuck.
    Krondor was a disappointment, too.

    My sympathies that you wound up with so many duds!

    I want to read the Ghosts of Pinkerton! It sounds like fun. :-)

    I finally got my promotion together. I'm giving away Illusion's Child. :-D

    1. Bummer about the Covenant series. I hate blowing money on books I don't enjoy. I got lucky and only wasted a dollar. And I don't remember what I paid for Krondor.

      Ooo, I hope you do get a chance to read Ghosts of Pinkerton. It was fun. I think it was his first and only book so far, though. I want more.

      I saw your freebie promo! And I commented. Can I post it to FB?

    2. Please do!

      I know I should get a FB account, but I don't trust them. And I know I won't post there but rarely, anyhow. ;-)

    3. Eh, FB isn't so bad. I mean, I don't trust them as far as I can throw them, but that's about on par with everything else on the web.

      Okay, I posted to my three Pages and one group so far. I'll try to get some other groups later. (I like to space out postings to groups for better effect. Kind of a rolling marketing campaign, if you will.) IC's ranking is doing pretty darn good. Let's see if we can't make it better. And hopefully get some sales for the other books in the series!

    4. Yay! It's pretty high, and at its top was higher than when I ran a sale last year.

      Thanks for your help!

  2. Winners and losers, sounds like. I finished up my massive Kristen Ashley Chaos series re-listen and then jumped into the new release. It was a good book but... The previous book had cliffhangers and only one of them got answered, and the two books had a concurrent time line. That just irks the snot out of me. There's one more book in the series but no release date.

    When I couldn't find anything new to listen to, I went back and grabbed a paranormal from Audible Romance. They're getting my money and I don't "spend" it each month getting books to listen to. Sadly, nothing jumped out at me so I went back and snagged a series I liked, but not enough to buy. So, now I'm getting my money's worth. LOL And I'm writing because I am so freaking far behind. *sigh*

    Okay, break over. Ta!

    1. Yep. Reading is like that sometimes - especially when you're trying new stuff. Ugh about the unresolved cliffhanger. I hate that.

      Yay for getting your money's worth! I wish I could recommend some Audible titles, but I'm clueless.

      Yay for a break! Stop back any time. =o)