Our heat wave here in Portland has continued. It was in the triple digits Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, better yesterday and finally cooler and nice today. As I said before, I know that may not be a big deal for you who have been sweltering all Summer, but for Portland, it’s severe. I can only be thankful for our air conditioning and my heart goes out to those who don’t have any. The garden has taken quite a hit, we’ve lost several things, unfortunately. We’ve been watering but you can only do so much.
New Arrivals – I bought some things I’d already read but did not own. I haven’t been doing that very much, but changed my mind about these. I just finished Louise Penny’s 7th Inspector Gamache novel, A Trick of the Light and immediately wanted to go on to the 8th one. However that won’t be published until August 29th so I decided to go back and re-read the first in the series, Still Life. Carl Vincent recently did a wonderful review of Still Life and the second book in the series (HERE) that I highly recommend. I decided to go back to rediscover that first introduction to the cast of characters that mostly play an ongoing part in the series, since this is a series I really love.
That was when I remembered that I got the first five books of the series from the library. Oops. I could have taken the first one out again, but decided if I wanted to re-read it, this time I want to have it and the rest of them. Thus (covers follow):
Still Life by Louise Penny [original © 2005, this edition St. Martins Minotaur 2010 trade paper, new] – mystery – first in Three Pines, Inspector Gamache series.
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny [original © 2006, this edition St. Martins Minotaur 2010 trade paper, new] – mystery – second in Three Pines, Inspector Gamache series.
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny [original © 2007, this edition St. Martins Minotaur 2010 trade paper, new] – mystery – third in Three Pines, Inspector Gamache series.
A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny [original © 2008, this edition St. Martins Minotaur 2010 trade paper, new] – mystery – fourth in Three Pines, Inspector Gamache series.
That’s the first 4, I have 6 and 7 in hardcover. I’ll pick up the 5th in the series one of these days.
Current – and about to commence – Reading – I finished Roots, the review is HERE. As you will read, I didn’t like as much as I remembered from my first reading. Times, and I, change. I just finished an excellent short story / novelette collection, Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin. This is a book I chanced upon mention of last year sometime and found a used copy. I have it next to the computer and will write and post a review very soon. I’ve been reading more short stories lately, and enjoying them, so next, I’m going to launch myself into a very fat collection, The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. I think I read this one before, but I also have the other Black Lizard collection, The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, which is equally as fat, and may have read only that one. I’ll read these while working on other things, firstly Still Life by Louise Penny, which I am already about 120 pages into.