As I stated two weeks ago, I was on vacation. No kids, no pets, no responsibilities. My biggest concern was finding a place to eat dinner and figuring out what to read next. I think I read six books. That seems like a low number for ten days of doing nothing, so I might be forgetting one. Two did not thrill me, so I’ll not mention them here, but the other four came through as hoped.
These are books four and five in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. I love this series. A book blogger recommended them to me and they’re outside of what I regularly read, but a great story is a pleasure no matter the genre.
“Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old.” Atticus can hear the Irish wolfhound’s voice inside his head. Their conversations are hilarious.
Catherine Bybee’s third book in her Not Quite series. I was intrigued by the storyline of an RN who goes to a natural disaster to volunteer. My mother is an RN and travels to third world countries in the wake of disasters or simply to places that don’t have sufficient medical care. It’s not glamorous. My mom helped deliver a baby in a hut without power in Africa and was evacuated from Afghanistan after a neighboring village suffered a massacre. A former RN, Catherine accurately nails the situation and manages to find love for her heroine with a helicopter pilot in the middle of a tragedy.
The fifth book in Chelsea Cain’s suspense series. From Amazon: “Her Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” have been published in over 25 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle,” named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.”
Simply put, this was an awesome read. I’ve missed a couple books in the series, but I found this one in an airport bookstore and decided to roll with it. I’m glad I did. Cain makes me want to be a better writer. I have to skip ahead occasionally while reading because at moments they can be perverse as the quote above says, but I can deal with that to get at the rest of the story. Start with the first book. Archie and Gretchen’s distorted relationship will never leave you. Gretchen is a female serial killer who tortures cop Archie for ten days, nearly killing him…but he loves her…and she loves him…but she’s driven to kill him…and he can’t stay away. It’s a twisted, fascinating mess.
What wonderful books have you read recently?