Welcome back! In this edition...
- Today's Book Beview
- Currently Reading
- On My TBR List
- Stacking the Shelves
- 52 Week Challenge Update
- Happening In Real Life
- Weekend Blog Hops
Book Review: The Judge's List by John Grisham
"About 40% into the novel and they're finally starting the investigation. Kind of repetitive so far, explaining the plot 3 or 4 times that there's a serial killer judge on the loose. I have to admit I'm a bit bored even though I like Grisham's style of writing. Hope there's a twist coming."
Here's my 60% update: "Good writing as per Grisham but not much tension. The stakes were set from the beginning and now we're just trudging along until the end, it seems."
And my final impression:
Prose is certainly Grisham-esque and typically entertaining, at times...though having read almost all of his novels, I've grown slightly weary of his snarky clip.
The central plotline, however - that there's a serial killer judge on the loose and here are his suspected victims - was repeated so often as to become monotonous. We reviewed the cases at least four times. So hardly any tension or suspense; no real build up. And disappointingly, no twist or surprise revelation was to be had. The novel was one long denouement - the climax found in the blurb itself.
+ XLZABK001 by Jon Zaremba (fantasy and sword & sorcery collection)
+ Laws and Prophecies (Sword's Edge Book 3) by L.S. King (sword and planet)
Stacking the Shelves
Normally, I don't keep track of the books I obtain (collect on my Kindle is more like it! lol). But I see other readers cop to their obsession, so I looked back on my recent acquisitions and am so embarrased! Quite a few additions since March 1st that I probably won't get to for some time, I'm sure!
- Where They Lie by Joe Hart - thriller (my Prime book of the month pick for April)
- Tower of Light by Darin Calhoun - sword/sorcery (Ashonn the Slayer Book 2)
- Concho: The Complete Series by A.W. Hart (all 6 cont. westerns for 99 cents!)
- Dragon Sim-13 by Bob Mayer - special ops (Green Berets/Dave Riley Book #2)
- Penance on the Prairies by R.L. Syme - cozy mystery (found it free someplace)
- Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett - mystery (free from the author)
- XLZABK001 by Jon Zaremba - fantasy/sword & sorcery (from author to review)
- Savage Tribes of Venus by Rex Mundy - old school adventure (Gavin Chappell, ed.)
- All He Has Left by Chad Zunker - police prodedural (Amazon Prime pick for March)
That's 9 books last month! Actually, 14! Yikes. (But only 3 in Febuary, so do you forgive me? ha!) Anyway, looks like I have some reading to do. Fortunately, I'm in the midst of a 52 week challenge...
(Books listed in reading order, not review order. And I'm behind, lol.)
1. Razored Land by Charles Gramlich - post-apocalypse (review TBD)
2. The Stroke of Winter by Wendy Webb - mystery (reviewed Jan 11)
3. Feast of Fools and Other Tales - S&S anthology (reviewed Jan 19)
4. Clovel Sword Saga (Vol 1&2) by Gordon Brewer - S&S (review TBD)
5. The Hike by Susi Holliday - mystery/thriller (reviewed March 7)
6. Valengetrix: Ghost of Aratania by J.R. Cason - sword & sorcery (reviewed Feb 25)
7. Swords & Heroes - Sword & Sorcery Anthology (edited by me! review TBD)
8. The Viking Gael Saga by J.T.T. Ryder - historical fiction (reviewed March 15)
9. Blackfoot Dawn by John Legg - a mountain man western (reviewed March 10)
Happening in Real Life
+ Went to a Coffee and Chocolate Expo at the San Juan Convention Center a few weeks back. Very yummy, but very crowded. My wife Julie blogs about it at our Boom Travel website.
|Ready for some cafe y chocolate!|
+ Attended a more liturgical church for Palm Sunday last week. It was good, but a bit far to drive each week and we want to get involved and serve our local community. So we'll likely stick with the one we're attending now which is closer to our home. And whenever I feel the liturgical itch, we'll head to San Juan and maybe make a day trip of it like we did this past Sunday when we took a short ferry ride from Cataño to Viejo San Juan for only 50 cents each one way! If you visit PR, you should try it!
+ No progress on our washer and dryer. Still heading to the laundromat each Tuesday. Sigh. The other bad news is that a portion of our ceiling crashed down our upper stairwell. We have a rooftop patio and it's flat, of course, but there's drainage - the problem is it leaks and does damage inside. What a mess. We assume insurance will take care of the damages, but that whole process is long, I'm sure.
|Plaster broke off from the ceiling and crashed down the spiral stairwell a few days ago.|
+ Finally, we've planned the week's adventures for when our two daughters and their husbands visit the first week in May. We're going ziplining, midnight kayaking (at a biobay), hiking in a rainforest, waterfall swimming, beaching it a few times, taking the ferry again to Old San Juan, and catching a cocao farm tour. Whew! We may run those youngsters ragged while they're here! Should be fun though.
Well, that's about it. Happy Easter - Blessed Resurrection Day!