Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Guilty Pleasures

I get to read for my job. Not on the job, usually, but because it is the nature of public libraries (and I’ve found out even academic libraries do a roaring trade in Reader’s Advisory too). Usually, it’s stuff for book groups or for the reader’s advisory programs we do here at the library. But sometimes, I get to read for me.

Today I’m going to talk about the books I read because I like them. They’re never gonna win Pulitzer prizes but sometimes, it’s ok to be a little less driven.

The first is Creation in Death by J.D. Robb (also known as Nora Roberts) is the 25th book in the Eve Dallas series. It’s billed as a futuristic thriller with a romantic component tossed in. It’s set in New York City in the mid 21st century where Eve is a lieutenant with the New York police department. In this one she has to race the clock to find a serial killer. I knew how it was going to end and in the middle it did seem a little too true to formula but by the end I was unable to put it down because I wasn’t sure how she was going to pull it off. I enjoy the series because it is well written enough so you want to read them. And there’s the sexy Irishman that is Eve’s husband-Roarke. Who doesn’t love a tall, dark, handsome, and RICH man with an Irish accent?

The other is A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is her 6th entry in the Merry Gentry series. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy series set in the human world and the realm of Fairie. It’s not a very fast paced series (the 6 books cover about 1 month of time but then the author writes that time moves differently in Fairie) but it can be very entertaining.
I should warn that this is a very adult fairy tale (bordering on erotica) as the fey( those fairy folk) have a concept of love and sex that is not bound by human convention. This book finally returned the story line back more to the political ramifications of what going on with Princess Merry and her boys rather than what she and the boys were up to( trying not to give the whole plot away). I like the way all the old fairy tales and folk tale heros are brought into the story. Laurell has really done her homework.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Getting Started

I've been thinking about this for a long time and finally decided it was time to put it out there. In my job, I have to be fairly tech savy. This is just one more way to make sure I'm keeping up on the information superhighway (Still staying in the right hand lane for now).
I'll be posting my opinions on books, maybe movies, tech trends (which will be very basic as that's how I learn-one small step at a time.) I hope you find something here and I'm always looking for new selections.

Here's a book I read recently :Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Carrell. It was a fast moving mystery/thriller with lots of reference to Shakespeare, Elizabethan society, and the age old question- DId Shakespeare write all his own stuff? Read the book and find out what they think.

Next on my list to conquer is wikis. They seem pretty easy to get started . I'll let you know. DId you know that wiki means fast or quick in Hawaiian? I just found that out. Now I have another obnoxious way to annoy my kids when they aren't moving fast anough for me!