Sunday, April 17, 2011

Going on vacation!

I've been prepping for a two week vacation that I'm leaving on this evening. As a result, I've been neglecting this blog. I had every intention of keeping up and even pre-scheduling some posts for while I'm gone. However, that just didnt' happen. So, I'll see you back here the first week of May. Enjoy the spring weather!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review : Red on Red

Red on Red by Edward Conlon. Spiegel & Grau, 2011. [Published April 5]

[Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers]

Red on Red is the fiction debut of Edward Conlon, author of the memoir Blue Blood. He is a detective with the NYPD, and it shows in the structure of Red on Red. The novel follows two NYPD detectives, Meehan and Esposito, who get along despite, or perhaps because of, their very different styles. We meet them as they work a night shift and catch several cases. These cases play out over the course of the novel.

Most crime novels I’ve read are clearly about a single crime from the very beginning. The fact that several crimes were introduced made it seem like a more realistic depiction of police work. It also made me feel like I was reading an episode of NYPD Blue, which, in my book, is not a bad thing at all. I felt like I got an insight into real police work and the police mind. All in all, I enjoyed Red on Red and would definitely recommend it to readers of crime fiction.

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Blue Blood
NYPD Blue

Monday, April 11, 2011

Indie Lit Awards


The Independent Literary Awards are the brain child of Wallace from Unputdownables. What are the Independent Literary Awards you ask?

The Independent Literary Awards are book awards given by literary bloggers. Lit bloggers write about books and literary related items. They are the fastest growing form of publicity in the literary world, though most are still independently run and do not receive compensation for their reviews or recommendations. All judges and panelists for theses awards are completely independent and do not receive compensation for reviews nor their work on the award board.

This year, I am leading the mystery genre panel. This is the first year that a mystery Indie Lit Award will be given. The other genres covered by the Indie Lit Awards are:
Biography/Memoir *
GLBTQ
Literary Fiction
Non-Fiction
Poetry *
Speculative Fiction

* = new genre represented in the 2011 awards year.

Nominations are open to book bloggers who do not make their income through the sales of books (i.e. not authors, publishers, or publicists) — hence “independent” from the publishing industry. You must provide a blog address when nominating to prove that you have a currently running book blog. Nominations will be accepted September 1, 2011- December 31, 2011.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekly wrap-up : number twenty-four

The weekly wrap-up is my way of keeping my loyal readers informed of my bookish activities and holding myself to my bookish obligations. The questions may change slightly depending on the week.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell


Q: Why are you reading it? Business? Pleasure? For review?
A: I'm reading it for review.

Q: What was the last thing you read?
A: Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark


Q: What do you plan to read next?
A: Whip Hand by Dick Francis


Q: Why do you want to read it?
A: This is the next title up in my Edgar Awards Reading Challenge list.

Q: What books did you acquire?
A: From Publisher: The White Devil by Justin Evans and Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review : Bent Road

Bent Road by Lori Roy. Dutton, 2011. (Published March 31, 2011)

[Source: Author/Publisher]

Arthur Scott left his Kansas home as a young man after the death of his sister Eve, an event about which he never speaks. Driven out by the racial tensions of late 1960s Detroit, the Scotts are returning to the Kansas Arthur escaped. The secret of what really happened to Eve hangs around the family. When a young girl goes missing, the family is thrown into turmoil as memories and suspicions surround them. Celia, Arthur’s wife, has a hard time adjusting to Kansas and a family dynamic she can’t seem to crack. Her two youngest children also find Kansas difficult. Life doesn’t change the way they had hoped it would. Bent Road is a story of how secrets can both unite and divide a family and the evolution that can occur when a family recognizes that fact.

I was drawn into Lori Roy’s story within sentences. I could immediately envision what she described. Her writing has a painterly quality to it, which makes it beautiful and haunting. There is nothing prosaic about her style. You will feel as if you know the characters and the landscape that she portrays. Though the true story behind Eve’s death is contemplated throughout the novel, I didn’t know what that truth was until it unfolded before my eyes. Lori Roy’s Bent Road is a truly masterful novel. I'll be keeping an eye on Lori Roy's career after this powerful debut. I highly recommend Bent Road to any reader.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Reading challenge : Nick Hornby : Update three


I've challenged myself to read/re-read all of Nick Hornby's novels this year. I'm really staying on track so far and have read one novel each month. At this rate, I will definitely have time to fit in his non-novel works. In March, I read How to Be Good. It isn't my favorite Hornby novel, but it is still a good read. It's also clever and thought-provoking. For more of my thoughts on How to Be Good, check out my review. Next up on my Hornby reading list is A Long Way Down. This one is a re-read for me.

Though this isn't a formal challenge, I want to give you the opportunity to link up your own Nick Hornby reviews. So, if you've ever reviewed How to Be Good, leave the link to your post in the Mr. Linky below!

Related posts:
Review : How to Be Good
Reading challenge : Nick Hornby : Update two
Review : About a Boy
Reading challenge : Nick Hornby : Update one
Review : High Fidelity
Reading challenge : Nick Hornby

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Weekly wrap-up: number twenty-three

The weekly wrap-up is my way of keeping my loyal readers informed of my bookish activities and holding myself to my bookish obligations. The questions may change slightly depending on the week.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark


Q: Why are you reading it? Business? Pleasure? For review?
A: This is my first read from Mulholland Books. It's for review.

Q: What was the last thing you read?
A: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


Q: What do you plan to read next?
A: The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell


Q: Why do you want to read it?
A: This is another ARC from Mulholland Books, and the publication date is coming up!

Q: What books did you acquire?
A: From Publisher: Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm
Won: A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse