Thursday, July 06, 2006

(last updated August 15th, 2006)

I am using this page now to record books I've borrowed from people/places.

Index ...
"A Country Practice," Aug 6th, 2006
"About Adam," Aug 12th, 2006
"Burning Road," July 18th, 2006
"Cell," July 31st 2006
"Escape from Cabriz," July 31st, 2006
"Forty Stories," July 6th, 2006
"Murder Suicide," July 11th, 2006
"No Earth Sunne," July 25th, 2006
"Paper Doll," July 18th 2006
"Round the Clock Temptation," July 24th, 2006
"Sam's Letters to Jennifer," July 31st, 2006
"Strange Bedpersons," Aug 15th, 2006
"The English Breakfast Murder," July 11th, 2006
"The Husband," July 21st, 2006
"Velocity," July 12th, 2006


"Forty Stories," by Donald Barthelme, c. 1987 (from

This is next after A Dangerous Business by Michael Underwood, c. 1990

-- note July 22nd -- book abandoned as I couldn't get into the stories

July 11th, 2006

Needed to squeeze two books in after my current read. One is from a pile of books from Penne across the road and t'other is a library book. Ah the joys of having many books to read :)

From Penne ... "Murder Suicide," by Keith Ablow, c.2004
and from the Davidson library "The English Breakfast Murder," by Laura Childs, c. 2003

Current read is The Boss Man's Fortune by Kathryn Jensen, c. 2004

Murder.. good book, kept my interest.
English .... most enjoyable.

July 12th, 2006

Another from Penne ... "Velocity," by Dean Koontz, c. 2005 -- after Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory, c. 1989

I collect quotes as I read. They tend to be ones that are fun, poetical, or even philosophical. Take what you like, and leave the rest. Note that these aren't necessarily the "best" in the book. These happen to be close to the spot where I stopped reading each night.

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility ... p85

"They are the stories of a seeker," Vallis said. "You know the truth of life, but you circle around that fruit, circle and circle, reluctant to admit it, to taste it." p361

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A diabolic killer plays a harrowing game of cat and mouse with a reclusive bartender in Koontz's latest gripping suspense thriller. Billy Wiles, a 30-something bartender and former writer, is content with his solitary Napa County existence listening to "beer-based psychoanalysis" from tavern regulars; visiting his hospitalized, comatose fiancĂ©e, Barbara; and carving wood sculptures. But the simple life gets mighty complicated when he finds a note with a deadly, time-sensitive ultimatum: he must choose between the death of a young schoolteacher or an elderly humanitarian in six hours. Reluctant local sheriff Lanny Olsen dismisses it as a joke until a comely teacher is found strangled and another threatening note appears—offering even less time for Billy to decide the fate of two more people. Who would have guessed that one of those people would be Olsen? After his friend's murder, Billy finds that the cunning killer has gained access to every aspect of his life as the ultimatums grow increasingly more personal. Suppressing horrific childhood memories, Billy scrambles to bury grisly incriminating evidence the murderer has deviously planted. More gruesome deaths and shaky suspicions trap Billy right in the demented killer's lair for just the beginning of Koontz's serpentine showdown. Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game. (May 24)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

July 18th, 2006

--> "Burning Road," by Ann Benson, c. 1999

book is via

random pick after "Paper Doll," see below ...

from the book:
He could eat and think in motionless peace, which he considered a blessing. p542
[comment: simple, but true]

my thoughts:
Ending wasn't as I had expected it to be but it was riveting.

--> "Paper Doll," by Robert B. Parker, c. 1993

Spenser fans will delight in the Boston PI's latest adventure, after Pastime and Double Deuce , as Parker, restraining a penchant for arch characterization, returns his attention to plotting. Spenser is hired by Boston Brahmin Loudon Tripp to find the murderer of his conventionally impeccable wife, Olivia Nelson, whom the police consider a victim of random urban violence. After consulting with the police detective assigned to the case, a gay man whose lover is dying of AIDS, Spenser travels to Olivia's hometown in South Carolina, where his questions land him in jail, uncharged, and at the mercy of some Northern thugs. Rescued at the last minute by Boston police Lt. Quirk, the burly detective soon finds himself taken into the confidence of a sleazy but powerful Massachusetts senator. The case builds on a nicely woven mix of false identity, self-delusion and, unexpectedly, the powerful attachment of two old Southern gentlemen, one black and one white. Spenser's lover, the elegant psychiatrist Susan, and his pal Hawk stay pretty much in the background as the tough-but-sensitive PI hews mainly to the mystery at hand. Mystery Guild Main selection, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

randomly chosen to be next after 24 Hours by Greg Iles, c. 2000

book is from Penne

Fun pieces:

She laughed. I always loved the sound of her laughter. And to have caused it was worth the west side of heaven. p94

... a good book
July 20th, 2006

"The Husband," by Dean Koontz, c. 2006

Another Koontz book from Penne :) Will read after "Forty Stories" - see above.


July 24th, 2006

From Davidson Library "Round the Clock Temptation," by Michelle Celmer, c. 2005

To be read after When I See Your Face by Laurie Page, c. 2001

When Nina and Connor stepped into her daddy's hospital room an hour later he was asleep, and Jane was perched in one of the visitor's chairs reading a romance novel - her one personal indulgence. 1.00pm every afternoon, for exactly one hour she could be found on the cedar swing, or curled up on the couch, her nose buried in a book. Unless someone was bleeding to death or the house was in flames, everyone knew better than to weasel in on her "me" time. p33
[comment: mmmm ... I wonder why I like this one :)??]

July 25th, 2006

"No Earth Sunne," by Margaret Ball, c. 1994

This copy is from the wonderful

To be after "Round the Clock Temptation," ... see above entry!

July 31st, 2006

"Cell," by Stephen King, c. 2006 -- From Penne
"Escape from Cabriz," by Linda Lael Miller -- another from Penne
"Sam's Letters to Jennifer," by James Patterson -- from Penne

I will read Cell after The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber, c. 2003

He said the mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows. p250 -- "Cell".

Aug 6th, 2006

"A Country Practice," by Laura Abbot, c. 2001 -- from books

Randomly chosen to be next after Duet Comedies #48 by Cathie Linz and Jane Sullivan, c. 2001

aah books recently read:

Paper Doll by Robert B. Parker, c. 1993
24 Hours by Greg Iles, c. 2000
The Secret Groom by Myrna Mackenzie, c. 1997
The Husband by Dean Koontz, c. 2006
A Dangerous Business by Michael Underwood, c. 1990
Velocity by Dean Koontz, c. 2005
Impulsive Butterfly by Kay Gregory, c. 1989
English Breakfast Murder by Laura Childs, c. 2003
Murder Suicide by Keith Ablow, c. 2004
The Boss Man's Fortune by Kathryn Jensen, c. 2004
The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks, c. 2000
The Jury by Fern Michaels, c. 2006
Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie, c. 2005
House of Dreams by Leigh Michaels, c. 1994
The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai, c. 2004
Just Desserts by Sue Welfare, c. 1999
A Match Made In Heaven by Susan Wales and Ann Platz, c. 1999
By The Light Of The Moon by Dean Koontz, c. 2002
Spring Fancy by Annette Broadrick, Lass Small & Kasey Michaels, c. 1993
Five Mile House by Karen Novak, c. 2000
The Famished Road by Ben Okri, c. 1991
How Happy To Be by Katrina Onstad, c. 2006
Lie By Moonlight by Amanda Quick, c. 2005
Fool's Gold by Jennifer Skully, c. 2005
Silence in October by Jens Christian Grondahl, c. 1996
False Light by Caroline Llewllyn, c. 1997
City of Truth by James Morrow, c. 1990
The Bachelor by Carly Phillips, c. 2002
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, c. 2000

August 12th, 2006 --

"About Adam," by Stella Cameron, c. 2003 -- from Davidson Library

Randomly chosen to be next after:
The Grey King by Susan Cooper, c. 1975

From front cover: In the names of justice; fun and most of all, love, the residents of Mayfair Square are about to challenge fate ... yet again.

August 15th, 2006 --

"Strange Bedpersons," by Jennifer Crusie, c. 1994 -- from Mooresville Library

Next after How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen, c. 1998