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The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series)
Harry Bingham
Progress: 49/453 pages
The Big Book of Jack the Ripper (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)
Otto Penzler
Progress: 210/848 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 245 out of 448 pages.

The Far Empty - J. Todd Scott

I’m fully under its spell. the magic, I think, comes from all the intriguing characters...some of them detestable, some of them noble, some just scared. Josh Brolin should definitely play Sheriff Ross!

Reading progress update: I've read 207 out of 448 pages.

The Far Empty - J. Todd Scott

this book actually reminds me of the one I just finished...and it’s not a bad thing. it turns out that J. Todd Scott and Emma Kavanagh have a lot in common as writers when it comes to story structure, and how to successfully shift narrative perspective between a handful of characters, while doing so shows, slowly, how all these interesting characters’ lives intertwine, often in dark and sinister ways (the past crucial to understanding the present); both books feature a character left for dead but surviving in a coma, but even that’s okay, because the wider circumstances are so different. and there’s one way the books are different: Texas doesn’t remind me of Wales.

 

so, suffice it to say, if you were to tell me that Emma Kavanagh and J. Todd Scott got together somewhere for coffee and nailed down,while chatting, how to structure a novel perfectly to serve a complex and thoroughly engrossing plot, I would not be surprised. I wouldn’t bet on it—it’s likely just a coincidence that I’ve selected these two books back-to-back—but I wouldn’t be surprised. anyway, they both do their thing very well—and again, meeting two authors in a row, who are so far apart geographically and yet remind me of each other in terms of storytelling technique, is kind of cool. may not need a third book in a row that is eerily similar, but I’ll worry about that later.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 448 pages.

The Far Empty - J. Todd Scott

I want another Crime novel now—but something rough, and gritty, hard-hitting, and as American as...as...Texas! on my way...

Reading progress update: I've read 167 out of 344 pages.

Hidden - Emma Kavanagh

it’s so amazing—everything—even the challenging but beautiful way it’s structured. “instant flashbacks”; shifting narrative point-of-view; shifting days featured in a tumultuous week for many intersecting characters.I guess some people would hate all this, but I love it. and the Mystery premise is fascinating: what really happened to Emily? is her fate tied to the gunman prowling around the hospital? does it have anything with Dylan Rowe, the comatose criminal lying in vegetative state in Ward 12? or is it more to do with an affair of Mara’s, gone wrong and bitter?

 

this is an author for me. that’s how it feels, and I hope it stays that way.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 344 pages.

Hidden - Emma Kavanagh

this book does only The 5-Star Strut, right before my very eyes! will it last, or will there be a misstep? dunno...but super-good, so far.

Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 344 pages.

Hidden - Emma Kavanagh

geez, I haven’t gotten this scared during a sequence of hospital scenes since reading Ray Garton’s Darklings, but that involved an infestation of slimy, slithery worm-things; this story, I think, will feature a human monster. so, yes, it will probably be even scarier.

 

terrific creepy opening.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 344 pages.

Hidden - Emma Kavanagh

I want a satisfying, creepy Mystery Thriller. love the cover on this, love the title of this, love the plot synopsis for this...let’s hope I love this!

Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 341 pages.

From Darkest Skies - Sam Peters

whoah. Zohreya gives in to her vengeful side, but will she take it to a lethal extreme...

 

book is still fun, but running at about a 3.5 rating lately—hope the excitement and surprise level jumps back up.

Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 341 pages.

From Darkest Skies - Sam Peters

something decidedly sinister about Settlement 64. and it seems like it’s been that way for several years.

 

meanwhile, I’ve had an epiphany today concerning how this book could be playing a big trick on me (the plot makes it a Mystery novel, as much as SF); if the trickery is what I think it is, then I’ve been fooled like this before...

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 341 pages.

From Darkest Skies - Sam Peters

oh thank goodness! an SF novel that has got me excited in the first 50-100 pages! plot reminds me a bit of Philip K. Dick...with maybe a style that reminds me more of two other faves: Robert Silverberg, or my personal king of SF, Bob Shaw. and I love the dynamic between Keys, and Liss the robot/AI.

Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 341 pages.

From Darkest Skies - Sam Peters

I’ve just come from Avengers so this book cover is unnerving me for a few reasons...but I’m still in the mood for SF, preferably with a robot.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 208 pages.

Quick Curtain - Alan Melville

definitely in need of something light and funny.

Reading progress update: I've read 298 out of 456 pages.

The Dead - Mark Oldfield

following multiple timelines—in this case, 2010 and 1982–can be a challenge, and even annoying depending on the book, but here it works incredibly well because what’s happening in both eras is so tightly connected. I’m fully hooked, although I’m not sure this book will end up matching The Sentinel. sure trying hard!

Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 456 pages.

The Dead - Mark Oldfield

I’ve come to realize that Ana gives out nasty retorts and snide comments almost as proficiently as the master, Guzman himself.

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 456 pages.

The Dead - Mark Oldfield

wow. book is like a continuous string of firecrackers going off. so exciting already! instant remembrance of why I loved The Sentinel so much. and Oldfield rules, when it comes to villains.

Reading progress update: I've read 232 out of 338 pages.

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

Agnes, Natan, Sigga, and Fridrik, simmering at Illugastadir—tensions and misunderstandings (plus lethal greed?) brewing in these flashbacks.