Spring fever has my wife firmly in it’s grip. After seeing an article in Sunset magazine on Dahlias, she found a nearby specialty dahlia nursery and off we went, bringing home a bag on tubers. Where I’m going to put them, I don’t know. I’ll have time to figure it out, it’s too soon to plant them by 6-8 weeks.
Two books this time, both from older pre-orders. I also got two CDs, the soundtrack from the film Klute and the Stephen Stills 4-CD collection Carry On, which was recommended by George Kelley.
Batman: The Court of Owls, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo [DC Comics 2012 comci-sized trade paperback, new] – graphic novel (collected comic issues) – I said last time I got a New 52 collection that it would be the last one, forgetting I had this one on pre-order. Since I didn’t cancel that order, here it came. In spite of it’s 2012 (c) date, this has apparently only come out recently. Since was here, I read it, and frankly, it’s the best of them I’ve seen so far. Still, I’ll not buy more of them. I checked: no more pre-orders for these New 52 collections.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger [Atria Books (Simon & Schuster) March 2013 hardcover, new] – mystery novel – I really like Krueger’s Cochran O’Connor series and have read all but the most recent (I’m “saving” it). This is a stand alone novel and I’m eager to start it.
As for the CDs, the Klute soundtrack was somewhat disappointing, about half the queues without substance. The Stills collection has many good moments, the sound quality is fine and it’s worth a listen, but frankly I prefer the original albums.
As mentioned above I read the Batman collection and liked it. I finished The Chinese Parrot, by Earl Der Biggers which is the 2nd Charlie Chan novel. After plodding through the first two-thirds of it, I read the last third straight through and enjoyed it a good deal, which leads me to believe I had too many distractions at the beginning, sometimes reading only three or four pages in as many days. It was my Friday Forgotten Book last Friday, so see that post for my full review.
I also read The Brand of the Black Bat which will be a future FFB. It’s the first of three novels in The Black Bat Omnibus, Volume 1 for some variety. I started reading the Kinsey Malone novel I is for Innocent and will be starting the new William Kent Krueger stand-alone novel that just came in, mentioned above. I hope everyone else is doing lots of enjoyable reading.
What did you get, new, used or from the library?
What have you been reading?