Recently, we extolled the prodigious talent of James Lee Burke, a royal member of the mystery-thriller-suspense genre and last week identified the Edgar Award nominees for the Best Novel of the Year for 2011.
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Now Reading ….
I knew this was going to happen … which is I’m falling behind in my fictional pursuits, er, pursuits of fiction. Why? I’m still stuck about 3/4 finished with Ken Follett’s WWI novel, Fall of Giants, the first of a planned trilogy about 3 generations of families. This is another long one but I’ll finish it this weekend. He’s truly a great story teller, so if you haven’t read his most popular novel, Pillars of the Earth, it’s never too late to miss this phenomenal story.
When you see that it’s 1,000 pages in hardback, don’t start groaning.
I’ve recommended this book to dozens of people and every single one wished it was twice as long. Of course, for the true believers, it IS twice as long … because there’s an equally long successor that takes place about 200 hundred years later, World Without End.
New Amazon Widget
Just so you know, I’m trying out an Amazon widget … and maybe some others down the road … to see how it works. I’ve updated it this week to include Ken Follett’s novels mentioned above, and a few of the recent favorites that I’ve mentioned on FRiction FRiday. I’ll keep experimenting with it for awhile. If you scroll down to the bottom of the right-hand sidebar, you’ll see it. If you buy a book from that carousel, I’ll get credit for it. Maybe it will help me buy the next book to tell you about?
Let me know what you think. Do you care? Does it bug you? Is it helpful at all?
Just arrived …. and arriving on the bookshelf
- Finally after 10 years, Dead or Alive appears, the #13 novel from Tom Clancy featuring Jack Ryan.
- Dead Zero, the 17th book in the Bob Lee Swagger series from Stephen Hunter.
- Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle, is finally here.
- Jack Higgins with our favorite Sean Dillon character in his 19th book … Judas Gate.
- Three Stations with Arkady Renko, the Moscow detective from Martin Cruz Smith.
So much more to say … so little time …. What are you reading? Who do you like?
See ya next week!