Monday, December 30, 2013

You Only Live Twice, by Ian Fleming

  • Title:  You Only Live Twice
  • Author:  Ian Fleming
  • Borrowed from Kindle Library
  • Started: 12/26/2013
  • Finished:  12/29/2013
Another enjoyable Bond book, the end of the Blofeld series.  Also another cliff hanger, an amnesiac Bond is living with a native Pacific islander, rowing and fishing his days away, but thinking he might need to go to Russia to figure out who or what he really is. 
If the other cliff hangers in the series are any indication, the next book with quickly move on with just a sentence or two to explain how Bond got back to normal health.
Probably my last update of the year, had hoped to beat my previous best of 60 books but will come up one or two short.  The extremely long but enjoyable Stone's Fall (practically 3 books in 1) stymied my progress to suprass 60 books in 2013.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Great Game, by Michael Kurland

Title: The Great Game
Author: Michael Kurland
Borrowed from DC public library
Started: 12/3/2013
Finished: 12/25/2013

Hit a bit of a slow-down in reading at the end if the year. Didn't like this book as much as the first series, but still an ok read.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Infernal Device and Others: A Professor Moriarty Omnibus, by Michael Kurland

I'm cheating a bit here as I haven't actually finished the book.  I have, however, finished the titular story and the second story, so with just one more remaining it seemed worth writing up.  This series focuses on Moriarty, as a criminal genius of sort, but not the overall criminal genius from the Holmes stories.  In fact Holmes comes off as obsessed with Moriarty and looking to blame all crime on him.  The two stories have been enjoyable, another fun off-shoot from the Conan Doyle stories.

Stone's Fall, by Iain Pears

  • Title:  Stone's Fall
  • Author: Iain Pears
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (audio book)
  • Started: 10/12/2013
  • Finished:  12/2/2013
This was a very enjoyable, but very long, book.  It took me months to finish, but since it was broken up into three parts it was easy to take a break when necessary.  The ending threw me, still not sure how I feel about it.  Daring, but also a huge coincidence.  A bit of Chinatown at the end, but it doesn't matter.  Overall, very enjoyable.