It’s gotten cold here, at least for us: mid 30s in early mornings and damp cold. We don’t mind, but it does make it harder to get out and walk-run or whatever.
New Arrivals – nothing to report this time, except a library book, Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins. It’s the first of his JFK trilogy, the second volume, Target Lancer, will be out later this month and I have it also on hold so I’ll probably move straight on to it when it arrives. Collins reports he is currently writing the third book. Randy Johnson wrote a review of this one in June 2011, see his blog here.
Current Reading - I finished more of the partially read books: Agatha H. and the Airship City, which was a lot of fun, The Private Practice of Michael Shayne, which I enjoyed a lot (review last Friday), The Mother Goose Murders, which is a Shadow novel, which was also pretty fun. I’m making really good progress, as you can see: the books in blue have now been read:
- Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan (library book)
- The Stainless Steel Rat
- Books to Die For (library book)
- Agatha H and the Airship City
- The Private Practice of Michael Shayne
- The Mother Goose Murders
- Bye Bye, Baby
- The Gift of Rain
- The Black Lizard Book of Pulp Stories (short stories – have read 4 more)
- 50 for 50 (short stories – have read 2 more)
- The Uncomplaining Corpses
I just added The Uncomplaining Corpses to the list, because I enjoyed that last Mike Shayne I read (#6 above). Also, as noted above Bye Bye, Baby. Then I’ll finally get back to The Gift of Rain. After that, who knows? It could be on to either David Brin’s Existence or the new William Kent Krueger, Trickster’s Point. Or something else. I’ll stop keeping this list up every time once I finally finish Gift of Rain. I have also been reading away on The Black Lizard Book of Pulp Stories between other things, but it’s over 1,100 pages so there’s a long way to go. One other note: I’ve read more books this year than my average of about 85. I’m at 104 so far. Part of the reason is probably this push to get the backlog cleared up.