Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More Book Reviews

I'm still continuing that reading journey, though the reading seemed to slow down last week. Only four reviews posted on gather since my last review post here...

...but I have got three more books on Lulu, so at least I know what my next blogpost will be about...

Copper and Candles was an enjoyable romance, read while the guys watched soccer. (I stop reading for goals, but my teams aren't doing too well...) Set in Detroit in the late 1800s it gave me a glimpse into a time and place that's definitely unfamiliar, and left me thinking people in America's past are not so different from those in England's.

Small Favor and Turn Coat are the next two Harry Dresden novels by Jim Butcher, and I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in paperback. Of course, I may have to wait a while. I really admire how the author creates complete and satisfying stories while continuing to advance the overarching storyline. I like the good guys with all their imperfections, and the bad guys with all their oddly wise and good intentions. And I love the thought-provoking questions of faith and freewill and destiny.

My fourth book was Swope's Ridge by Ace Collins, part of a very different series, but still fun. I read some criticism elsewhere that this "Christian" mystery didn't have enough faith in it, but to be honest, I felt like it had just the right amount for its characters. I guess I don't like to feel preached at when I'm reading, and this series strikes a good balance.

4 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

Hi Sheila. Did you notice that "balance" seemed to be a theme for you in all three books? In Coopers and Candles, you saw a balance between people in the US and England, in Small Favor it was between good guys and bad guys, and on the last, it was faith.

Very interesting.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Sun Singer said...

I'm jealous of the speed with which you read. I tend to read one book for weeks. Sigh.

Malcolm

Linda Kage said...

Thanks for giving your opinions aobut these books. I haven't read any of them. Good to know someone else's thoughts.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm behind in my reading again after having company for a couple of weeks. The books are piling up on my end tables. So many books, so little time.