Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friends, e-friends and books

Divide by Zero's blog tour is visiting Andi's Realm today with a post on friends, e-friends and acquaintances. In a world just before the internet, neighbors made friends made community. But what's your community now? Go to http://andisrealm.blogspot.com/2012/09/guest-author-sheila-deeth.html and see what you think.

If Divide by Zero reverses the village-to-raise-a-child dynamic, Donovan Galway's Indian Nation might equally reverse the European invasion of the Americas. My publisher, Stonegarden.net, is offering it free on kindle today (Sunday). So head on over to http://www.amazon.com/Indian-Nation-ebook/dp/B0061FZNMI/ and download your copy. I know I shall.

Of course, finding time to read it might be a problem as I go through my book review list, but I'll get there one day. Meanwhile, here are some reviews from my recent reading... Oddly enough, I read three court room dramas this week, so grab yourself a coffee and I'll start with them.

First is Jerry Banks' Head On. I've read several of Jerry Banks' Barry O'Shea books before and knew I'd enjoy this one too. Lawyerly investigations and machinations ensue after a horrific car accident, and it's fascinating to see how blame can be rightly or wrongly apportioned. As always, Jerry Banks fills the everyday courtroom with intriguing thoughts and arguments and great characters. A fun novel to enjoy with a well-balanced 3-star coffee.

Next is Karen Kingsbury's Waiting for Morning. It's the first Karen Kingsbury book I've ever read (now there's an admission) but I plan to read more. The case of a drunk driver takes a long time to move to court in this novel, and the story centers on a mother determined to get "justice" for her husband and daughter. I probably wouldn't have agreed with the jury in this tale, but the characters are wholly believable and the insight into pain, distraction, and the burden of unforgiveness is scarily real. Read this one with a 5-star intense cup of coffee.

But my favorite of the three is Larry Thompson's Dead Peasants, where a rich lawyer retires and returns to his roots, using the skills that earned his fortune to fight for the disenfranchised of his old neighborhood. When people start dying it'll take more than legal skills to save the day or the lawyer--an exciting thriller with great characters, wonderful Texas locales, and a thoroughly modern sense of financial ruin and decay, this is one to enjoy with a rich complex 4-star cup of coffee.

Enza, by Kristy James, is a very different tale, set during the first world war in a small American town, and filled with memorable characters who almost seem like friends as the story progresses. War's not the only threat in this well-researched tale, and if you're anything like me, you'll find yourself moved to tears as the story ends. Beautifully evocative and beautifully told, this is one to enjoy with a 3-star thoroughly well-balanced coffee.

Finally, a set of puzzles to keep you busy when you run out of books, Grabarchuk's next kindle book, 104 Puzzle Quizzes, is as fun as the rest, as easy to master and as challenging to complete. I like the fact that no-one can see me cheat, and I like the way I feel myself improving as the puzzles get harder. Drink some 1-star mild crisp coffee and enjoy some puzzles on your next plane journey.

And don't forget to follow the Divide by Zero blog tour!

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