Monday, October 25, 2010

The Case of the Missing Book Blogger

Actually it's not at all mysterious and there's been no hint of foul play. (You can blame the title of this blog post on the historical mystery I just finished reading!) I've simply been under the weather lately and haven't been online barely at all, but I hadn't intended to just disappear like that. I have still been reading though, spending some quality time with my sexy red Sony Reader.

First off I finished reading The Handbook of Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone, which I'd read the first couple of chapters of during the read-a-thon. It was an interesting premise, and especially interesting to learn that the author is herself a lightning strike survivor.

Next I read Damage by Josephine Hart, a compelling story of obsession and betrayal. It was originally published in the UK almost 20 years ago but was recently re-released in digital format. The author is also a poet and that really showed in her tight, evocative prose.

And on Saturday night I stayed up far too late finishing The Masuda Affair by I.J. Parker, a mystery set in Heian era Japan, involving a mysterious villa, a missing courtesan, and much more! Having come almost to the end of my re-read of The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, it was a lot of fun to read a crime story set in that time. I'll definitely be looking for more of the books in the series.

I'd hoped to join the Madame Bovary readalong but I didn't get to it in time. I'm very sorry I missed it, but I decided I'd rather wait and read it later at my own pace, than try to rush through it now for the sake of the group read. I'm still going to try to read Doctor Zhivago along with the others for the Doctor Zhivago readalong next month, as my pretty copy of the new translation arrived last week. We'll see how that goes.

As for right now, I'm reading an actual physical book again and have just started Purple Jesus by Ron Cooper, which from the description looks like it promises to be an intriguing story with plenty of quirky characters. The best kind, right?

What have YOU been reading lately?

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  1. Such a pity you were ill! Hope you're completely recovered now.

    It looks like you read some good books. I would love to know what you thought of the lightning book, but I see that you have some more reviews to write. :-)

  2. I reviewed Purple Jesus last week, and I'm definitely looking forward to your thoughts.

  3. I love your new look! I haven't been blog-hopping much, so I didn't even realize you've been missing (blush). The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors sounds intriguing. I'll have to look that one up. Happy autumn!

  4. I don't like mysteries but one set in Heian Japan! That sounds like fun.


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