Monday, August 22, 2011

What I'm Reading

I've been a reader since I was four. It's almost an obsession with me. I break the cardinal rules of not reading while I eat; I even read when I'm watching TV, which used to drive my husband crazy! I'm also one of those weird people who read more than one book at a time.

So, without further ado, here's what I'm reading now:

Bantam Books
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

There was a lot of hoopla when the fifth book of the series was recently published, and there's a series on HBO based on the books. I decided to see what all the fuss was about, so when I found the first four books in nice little bundle at Costco I put them in my cart.

I'm about halfway through the first book and I'm really enjoying it. There's a lot going on with a lot of characters, but not so many that it's hard to keep track. I had that trouble withe The Wheel of Time series by Richard Jordan, but I made it to Book Six before I got bogged down and didn't finish. I'll get back to it again someday, I'm sure.

Game of Thrones is a great tale of good vs. evil, how greed can overcome honor and how perceived enemies can turn out to be friends (and vice-versa).

There are noble and not-not-so-noble knights, a reluctant and increasingly unfit king, scheming queens and brave young boys and girls. It is violent, bloody and a bit risque in places, but the story barrels along and  keeps me eager to know what happens next.

The picture on the left shows the lovely origami bookmark cover I made all by myself.

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier

Sun Dial Press - 1943 edition
This is an oldie but a goodie; I can't remember how I was when I first read it, but it was a long time ago. My mom probably introduced it to me.

Written by the famed author of the classic Rebecca, this swash-buckling novel contains none of the former's dark mystery and the heroine has a lot more spunk than did the wishy-washy companion who married the master of Manderley.

Both books were made into movies,
and neither is nearly as good as the book.

Frenchman's Creek is about a noble English woman who, bored and disgusted with the life she has led in London, leaves her husband behind and takes her children to their country home. There she meets an agreeable but mysterious manservant and discovers that a French pirate has been using her home as a place to escape when local landowners pursue his ship.

Lady and pirate meet, of course, and become the players in a wonderful tale of danger and deception. I highly recommend it.

Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
By now you may have gathered that I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to reading material. What can I say?

The other book I'm reading is about as far from romantic fantasy as you can get. The cover proclaims Prayers for Rain to be a “hard-boiled shocker,” and that pretty well sums it up. The language is a gritty as a Boston back alley, but I think it's appropriate here.

It's about Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, two Boston P.I.s with a murder to solve and Patrick's guilty conscience to assauge. Kenzie and Gennaro aer the protagonists in many of Lehane's other books, including Gone Baby Gone, which was made into a movie by Ben Affleck and featured his brother Casey as Patrick.
Prayers for Rain is a good yarn well-spun. I like the way Kenzie and Gennaro apply their own morality to their less-than-savory job.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

The library just called and said "The Help" is now on hold for me. Rushing over..... Will definitely be reading that while I eat. :)

Montanagirl said...

Interesting reading! I used to be an avid reader, but my eyes don't co-operate much with that anymore.