Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nine Dragons, by Michael Connelly

I hadn't read Connelly for awhile. Not that I had anything to complain about--I've always liked him. But as with any successful and fairly prolific writer you can tend to fall behind. Reviewing a book like this one has its challenges. Despite the fact that I know you can pick up plot descriptions practically anywhere, I really think this book works best when you pick it up without preconception and enter into its journey. So can I just say pick it up and start reading?

Well, its my blog. I guess I can.

What I will say here is that Connelly is a master of this form. He's got Harry Bosch picking up what seems to be a pretty standard hold up murder. He then takes this story at an absolutely relentless pace to places that follow logically but are very far afield from this South L.A. beginning. More incredibly, he weaves it all back.

Even that is probably saying too much. I'll stop.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Blog Holiday Swap

I just learned of this gift exchange program through the blog Page 247.
I may be fudging it a bit, because I don't think I've had eight posts here in the last two months, but it is an ongoing concern, and all the reviews and shelf talkers I write for the bookstore I work at should count for something. Anyway, this seems like a fun challenge to find something someone will really like.

Wanna try it too? Go here by November 14th. (In other words, don't dilly dally). And happy book swapping.