A Summery Summary
I have been reading many books, as usual. Just nothing recently that’s really made me want to write a review. Also, I’ve been mentally gearing up for NaNoWriMo. It’s been two or three years since I’ve finished my NaNoWriMo project on time. Or in fact at all. So this year I’m trying to work myself back into a writing schedule. I feel silly having finished with time to spare three years straight, only to lose my edge.
I did read the first two novels in the Liam Campbell series by Dana Stabenow. Both Fire and Ice, and So Sure of Death are very entertaining reads. I confess that I don’t find Liam as interesting a character as Kate Shugak, the authors other major hero. However, I find the people placed around Liam more compelling than those surrounding Kate. Which is to say there are four minor characters and one major one in these books, that could easily be spun off into their own series. I’d be on board. I also like that these books make me feel like I could possibly survive in Alaska. Where the Kate Shugak books make me feel that I would surely perish in a horrible way if I set foot in our forty-ninth state. The Liam Campbell series puts me in mind of my friend Cindy who lived in Alaska for many years, and claims that old saying “the chances are good, but the goods are strange”, is dead on.
For my new book club I read A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. I admit, I am not a fan of Inspiration Fiction. Generally I find the genera to be heavy handed, over emotional, manipulative, poorly sourced, badly executed, faux theological drivel. That said, A Voice in the Wind was an interesting read. There are plenty of cliff hangers, red herrings, and game changers to keep the reader engaged. Francine Rivers is a talented writer. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, which we are reading for next months meeting. Be aware, she does stray into some works righteousness theology, and I have questions about how deeply she researched the Roman social order, but all in all, there’s nothing to get unhinged over. I think most of the ladies in the group were upset by the gore, especially in the first several chapters. Return readers will not doubt be aware of my Bernard Cornwell fixation, and take it into consideration when I say, the level of gore didn’t bother me.
Just now I’m reading Rift Zone by Raelynn Hillhoues. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I feel a very good review coming on.
Hope everyone had a great summer. So glad the fall is here.