Saturday, July 22, 2017

Exit West, By Mohsi Hamid

Title: Exit West
Author: Mohsi Hamid
Purchased from Amazon Kindle Edition
Started: 7/15/2017
Finished: 7/22/2017

Book club book. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, by Joyce Carol Oates

  • Title:  The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
  • Author:  Joyce Carol Oates
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/14/2017
  • Finished: 7/20/2017

This was a tough collection to get through.  10 hours of audiobook, the titular story (Corn Maiden) comprising the longest overall -- and the best.

The Corn Maiden was a great story, very hard to listen to, yet hard to stop listening to as well.  I really liked this one, although as I said it was tough to get through at times.

The others were all so-so, some better than others, but none nearly as good as the opening.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie

Title: The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories
Author: Agatha Christie
Borrowed from Fairfax county public library Audiobook
Started: 7/11/2017
Finished: 7/13/2017

Didn't love this set of stories. One decent Poirot, and I liked the love story "The Lonely God" but the rest were just ok. The titular story I hated. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara, by Alan Vanneman

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara
Author:  Alan Vanneman
Borrowed from Fairfax county public library Audiobook
Started: 7/9/2017
Finished: 7/11/2017

Pretty terrible, Watson with a foot fetish...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

In the Woods, by Tana French

  • Title:  In the Woods
  • Author:  Tana French
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 6/30/2017
  • Finished: 7/9/2017
I had read this one before, as it turns out, but prior to starting the blog.  I think I read it in print, not audiobook like this time.  But I loved it both ways, the audiobook version was great.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley

Title: Devil in a Blue Dress
Author: Walter Mosley
Borrowed from take one leave one Library in DC
Started: 7/1/2017
Finished: 7/3/2017

First Easy Rawlins book, pretty good. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Calamity Town, by Ellery Queen

Title: Calamity Town
Author: Ellery Queen
Borrowed from free library in Northside Park, Ocean City MD
Started 6/17/2017
Finished: 7/1/2017

This book was terrible.  I'd never read an Ellery Queen before and won't seek one out anytime soon. The solution to the mystery was obvious, and the melodrama a bore.  

One other note, book didn't really take me three weeks to finish. I started it at the beach in June on day, left the book there, and picked it up on July 1st to finish. Took two days to plow through, only struggling because I was bored with it.