Mysterymax's 12 in 12 Plus 26 - Part 2
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I'm Done! I'm Done!! I'm Done!!!
I found one book I had tagged as 12 in 12, but never actually put it on my list, so I have started a small "extras" ticker.
1. The Game Is Afoot - Holmes Pastiches -DONE:
1. Death Cloud by Andrew Lane - reviewed
2. The Jewel of Covent Garden by Wayne Worcester
3. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Raleigh Legacy by L. B. Greenwood reviewed - enjoyed Worcester's book more
4. The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by John Taylor
5. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
6. The Secret Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes by June Thomson - very disappointed, always felt she was such a good writer - see review
7. Sherlock Holmes In Orbit - short stories compiled by Mike Resnick
8. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz - a good one
9. Pirate King by Laurie R. King - very disappointing
10. The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett
11. The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin
12. The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man by Daniel Stashower
2. Second Verse Same as the First - Some of those books I've always said I would re-read - DONE:
1. The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth - reviewed
2. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
3. The Spy Game by Marc Lovell
4. Moonraker by Ian Fleming
5. Apple to the Core by Marc Lovell
6. From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
7. The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
8. The Spy With His Head in the Clouds by Marc Lovell
9. One Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
10. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
11. The Maltese Falcon by Dashell Hammett
12. Too Many Ghosts by Paul Gallico
3. "Oh, Archie!" - more Rex Stout - DONE:
1. Champagne for One by Rex Stout. - had to start the New Year with this one.
2. Second Confession by Rex Stout
3. Poison a la Carte by Rex Stout
4. Method 3 for Murder by Rex Stout
5. The Rodeo Murder by Rex Stout
6. Too Many Clients by Rex Stout
7. Might As Well Be Dead by Rex Stout
8. The Final Deduction by Rex Stout
9. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout - can't get the touchstone to work.
10. A Right to Die by Rex Stout
11. The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
12. Please Pass the Guilt by Rex Stout
4. Far Out! - Steampunk/Sci-fi/Fantasy - DONE:
1. The Technologists by Matthew Pearl - an ER book, reviewed
2. The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
3. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
4. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder
5. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
6. Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine
7. The Doctor and the Kid: A Weird West Tale by Mike Resnick
8. The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Pip Ballantine
9. Souless by Gail Carriger
10. Changeless by Gail Carriger
11. Blameless by Gail Carriger
12. Redshirts by John Scalzi
5. Around the World in 80, strike that, 12 months - 12 countries - DONE:
1. Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson (Sweden)
2. The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (Ireland)
3. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (Japan)
4. Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones (Germany) - an ER book, reviewed
5. The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri - Sicily
6. Stalin's Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith - Russia
7. The Paris Directive by Gerald Jay - France
8. Don't Cry, Tai Lake : An Inspector Chen Novel by Xiaolong Qiu - China
9. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny - Canada
10. These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach - (India)
11. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman - Australia
12. Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill - Thailand
✔ 6. The Kid in Me - picture books, junior fiction and young adult - DONE:
1. Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (YA)
2. Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom by Kelly S. DiPucchio - reviewed (JP)
3. The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey - reviewed (YA)
4. Hoot by Carl Hiaason - reviewed (YA)
5. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (YA)
6. SilverFin by Charlie Higson (YA)
7. Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee (JF) - reviewed
8. The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari (JF)
9. The Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier (JF - reviewed
10. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
11. The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis - a much more enjoyable read from an adult's point of view that the one above it, even though The Apothecary would be an excellent jr read. - reviewed
12. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart - quite good.
7. Up All Night - spy, suspense and adventure - DONE:
1. Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst
2. Old Dogs by Donna Moore - reviewed
3. A Darker Place by Jack Higgins - reviewed
4. House of the Hunted by Mark Mills - reviewed
5. Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver
6. The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson - an ER book, reviewed
7. Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon - excellent
8. Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
9. Guardian of Lies by Steve Martini
10. The Dirty Dozen by E. M. Nathanson
11. Music of a Life by Andrei Makine - not a spy novel but it did keep me up all night!
12. With Siberia Comes A Chill by Kirk Mitchell - a combination spy/police procedural, very good.
8. To Be Continued - more in series I have already started - DONE:
1. Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
2. New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb
3. Killing The Blues by Michael Brandman - a Jessie Stone mystery
4. Night and Day by Robert B. Parker
5. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming - reviewed
6. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
7. A Matter of Justice by Charles Todd
8. Tag Man by Archer Mayor - reviewed
9. Taken by Robert Crais - reviewed
10. Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill - love Dr. Siri!
11. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
12. Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry
9. Read the Book, the Butler did it - mysteries of all sorts - DONE:
1. Dangerous Undertaking by Mark de Castrique
2. The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill - reviewed
3. Tailspin by Catherine Coulter - didn't quite "do it" for me, 3 stars only
4. Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann - reviewed
5. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
6. The Man Who Changed His Name by Eric Wright
7. The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth
8. The Drop by Michael Connelly
9. Fly Me to the Morgue by Robert J. Randisi
10. Winter of the Wolf Moon by Steve Hamilton
11. A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh
12. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Time and Time Again - historical fiction - DONE:
1. Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead - Wow what a book! reviewed
2. Doc by Mary Dora Russell
3. Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead
4. Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
5. My French Whore by Gene Wilder - I don't usually consider WWII 'historical' when it comes to novels, but made an exception this time.
6. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
7. An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
8. The Yard by Alex Grecian
9. A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
10. The Heat of the Sun by David Rain
11. The Death of Attila by Cecelia Holland
12. The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John H. Ritter - so good!
11. Truth is Stranger Than Fiction - non fiction - DONE:
1. Curse of the Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald
2. One I disliked so much I don't even want to mention it! - reviewed
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik larson - reviewed
4. Fire On the Beach by David Wright & David Zoby
5. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale - finally did the review, but it got way too long, so I have put a shortened comment as the review and the long one on my blog - http://booksmoviesandgames.wordpress.com/
6. The Fever Trail by Mark Honigsbaum
7. The Day The World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede
8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - I kept thinking of all the people I knew that I wished would read this book.
9. Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
10. Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs
11. Gracie: A Love Story by George Burns
12. How to Cook A Dragon by Linda Furiya
12. American Pastime - baseball - DONE:
1. Waiting for Teddy Williams by Howard Frank Mosher
2. Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
3. Best Bet in Beantown by G. S. Rowe
4. Lefty: An American Odyssey by Vernona Gomez - an ER book, reviewed
5. The Greatest Minor League by Dennis Snelling - an ER book - reviewed
6. Imperfect: An Improbable Life by Jim Abbott - reviewed
7. Calico Joe by John Grisham
8. Basepaths by Jerry Klinkowitz
9. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach - excellent
10.The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow
11. Seven Games in October by Charles Brady
12. Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz
13. Twenty-Six More - a group of odds and sods - DONE:
1. Stay Close by Harlan Coben - regular mystery/suspense.
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - excellent coming of age story
3. Bad Faith by Aimee Thurlo - excellent 'clergy' mystery
4. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak - thought I would never finish it!
5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
6. Judgment Call by J. A. Jance
7. Shake Off by Mischa Hiller - disappointment
8. Pacific Glory by P. T. Deutermann - very good story about three navy men, in the Pacific theatre during WWII, and the nurses they loved.
9. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee
10. Targett by Robert Randisi
11. Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni
12. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
13. The Pig Comes to Dinner by Joseph Caldwell
14. The Pig Goes to Hog Heaven by Joseph Caldwell
15. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
16. Fluke by Christopher Moore
17. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
18. Celebrity in Death by J. D.. Robb
19. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
20. Timeless by Gail Carriger
21. Heartless by Gail Carriger
22. Not One of Us by June Thomson
23. The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill
24. Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb
25. Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay - excellent!
26. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva - forgot to add this, read it just before #25. I love this series. And this category is now done, too.
EXTRAS - Just can't stop
1. Black Dragon by Kirk Mitchell - This one involves a military policeman at one of the Japanese internment camps during WWII and a murder.
2. Death's Favorite Child by Frankie Y. Bailey - really like her books!
3. A Dead Man's Honor by Frankie Y. Bailey
4. Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - another new author for me that I really like
5. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
6. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler - excellent thriller from Sweden
7. Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith - really enjoyed this one
8. Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume - good old classic
9. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - a nice twist on dragon tales
10. 13 Hangman by Art Corriveau - a ya book, picked up one of his adult ones too
11. Old Murders byFrankie Y. Bailey - love this writer
12. Cold Days by Jim Butcher - Hooray! Back to what made Harry Dresden so great.
13. Grandville by Brian Talbot -my first graphic novel
14. Grandville Mon Amour by Brian Talbot
15. John Torres "Chief" Meyers by William A. Young - en ER book
16. Housewrights by Art Corriveau - liked his YA book more
17. Sins of the Father by Jeffery Archer - invested all that time to read a book that didn't conclude. YUCK!
18. Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman - my last ER book of 2012.
Trouble is, I find most of the banned books boring in the extreme and have to wonder what the fuss was all about.
So in the interest of saving my reading sanity, I am dumping the banned books section and replacing it with a steampunk/sci-fi/fantasy section (the books I had read for the 26 more section) and putting my 2 read books from the banned section in the 26 more section.
Not fair, but...
Furst is one of the best in the spy genre. Like with all authors, you like some of their books better than others. I can't say that this one is my favorite. In fact, for most of the book I felt a bit disappointed. But eventually it had me turning the pages with addiction. I wouldn't recommend it as a way to begin reading Furst, but if you are one of his many fans you shouldn't miss it.
Our library got a batch of Kirk Mitchell books donated and I got to bring them home to read to see if we should catalog them. Black Dragon was Kirk Mitchell's first book. While this one is set during WWII in a Japanese internment camp, one of the other books is an alternative history novel and most of them are mysteries of the Tony Hillerman genre.
Even without reading them all I would recommend Mitchell as an author to try.
I hear you! Good for you, dropping the category for something you'll enjoy more.
I really enjoyed The G-String Murders.
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye was an ER book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The solution was easy but Harry is a great guy and I can't wait to read more of him.
Winter of the Wolf Moon put Alex McKnight as my fourth favorite PI when I read the book. Since then the powers that be chose Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher and I am not sure that I can ever read another one... So Alex is now in third place while Reacher holds on to a very very shaky fourth place.
The Grimm Legacy was a YA book that had such a great cover I had to read it. Imagine a library full of objects rather than books... magical things...I loved the way Polly Shulman made the magic so logical and possible.
Ella Minnow Pea is wonderful.
I loved the uniqueness of the book, but found it more like having to take a really big pill, but at least the pill was sugar coated.
Few writers approaching their 18th book in a series are as able to keep their characters as alive, interesting, growing, and fresh but Perry does. This book was excellent, what more can I say.
It's 1864 in London and a gruesome murder has been committed. In order to find the true murderer Monk, Hester & Rathbone must solve two seperate murders committed two years apart.
Its a book I have been meaning to read for a long time and finally got around to it. Excellent read. Actually the one of his that I have enjoyed the most.
It's the story of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that killed 8 - 10,000 people and literally destroyed the city of Galveston.
This is the book that the movie 'The Exotic Marigold Hotel' was taken from. One of those rare moments when the movie was better than the book!
Was disappointed in it. I have loved the Simon Serrailler series, but this one wasn't the best. It was a 200 page mystery put into a 350 page book. I did review it.
I cried through the last few pages. Absolutely wonderful first novel. Congratulations to Ms. Stedman.
Only 19 books left to go!
1. The Game is Afoot - 1 left
2. Second Verse Same As The First - 2 left
3. Oh, Archie - 3 left
4. Far Out - DONE!
5. Around the World - DONE!
6. The Kid In Me - DONE!
7. Up All Night - DONE!
8. To Be Continued - DONE!
9. Read the Book - DONE!
10 Time and Time Again - 3 left
11.Truth is Stranger - 3 left
12. American Pastime - 2 left
extra. 26 More - 3 left
If I counted right that is 17 left to go. It will be touch and go as we are coming into a pretty busy time of the year.
A compulsive gambler has lost almost everything, embezzles money from his company to place a mammoth bid on the World Series which he thinks he can "fix" by kidnapping one of the players family.
The book follows the gambler and his plan, the FBI, the Mafia (who doesn't like people 'fixing' the game in which they have big interests as bookies), the player and the seven games of the World Series.
Amazingly, the many story lines all end in a very fitting manner. It was a very good story.
Gracie: A Love Story by George Burns
I remember listening to them on the radio and watching them on tv - even the reruns. This is a wonderful book about Gracie, full of laughs and I loved every minute of it.
I'm now at 160 books - just 10 more to go for my challenge!
I can only give this book three out of five stars, for it was neither bad nor exceptional. The idea behind the story was entertaining and imaginative, but the execution did not fulfill the potential of the idea.
I am a firm believer that every book should stand alone. A writer should never assume that the reader has read his previous book(s) or a play, or other work he is basing his story on. This novel makes a clear assumption that you are familiar with the story of Madame Butterfly. If you are not, you will be hopelessly confused through the first half of the book, if you even get that far.
The story is about what happens to the son of Madame Butterfly and Lt. Pinkerton, Trouble, and his friend Woodley Sharpless.
Written as if it were a stage production - with on "overture" rather than a "prologue", Act One and Act Two rather than chapters, a "Between the Act" (his way of saying "intermission" - in which he finally provides the back-story for those not familiar with Madame Butterfly), then Act Four and Act Five, followed by "Curtain" - there is no continuity between "acts" to tell us how the characters got to where they are. In Act One, Trouble and Sharpless are at boarding school in Vermont. In Act Two it is 1926 and the boys are in their 20s when they meet again in Manhattan. Act Three takes place in Japan during 1937. And Act Four takes place in Los Alamos just prior to the delivery of the atomic bomb. The "curtain" takes place 40 years later. You learn of experiences they have had, but you don't watch. You are quite removed from it most of their lives.
While the book is supposed to be about Trouble, it is told through the voice of Sharpless and thus you come to know more about him that you do about Trouble. It is difficult to gain an understanding of the feelings and motives behind these various chapters of the boy's lives. While the story does, eventually, come somewhat together, I think the word that best describes the book is 'incomplete'.
I took some non-serious Nero Wolfe mysteries as a remedy for the blues!
Very good read. A YA book (pity the grownups that don't appreciate this section). It's 1881 and a 12 year old boy and Billy the Kid join forces to help the Dillontown baseball team.
What's not to love in a book that describes the people "The gruff-and-tumble founders of Dillontown, California, were a scrappy bunch. From fistfighting misfits and cattle rustlers to gold-digging drunkards and cardsharp hustlers. And that's just the women. The men were all that, plus they smelled bad."
Two more to go!
I've been adding books to my 'hope to read in 2013 challenge' list and am happy to find that almost half of them so far will be off my own shelves. It might work if all my favorite writers would stop and let me get caught up, but I know I will be dragging them home from the library and then I'll 'have' to read them first as they have to go back and my own shelves will get neglected.
Haven't decided when the right time to start will be either.... I haven't set actual numbers to read, so somehow Jan 01 seems the most honest this time since I just want to read as many as possible in the one year.
Any idea yet what your first book of the new Challenge will be? Somehow it seems like starting a new challenge and a new book on New Years Day calls for something really special...
I think I am just going to read whatever comes along and says "read me"
Sounds like a great strategy for celebrating the completion of your challenge!
My Best Reads in 2012
The Butler Did It: Sherlock Holmes Pastiches
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Sherlock Holmes in Orbit by Mike Resnick
The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man by Daniel Stashower
Second Verse Same As the First: Re-Reads
The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth
Too Many Ghosts by Paul Gallico
Oh Archie!: Nero Wolfe
No favorites, I love all of them
Far Out: Steampunk, Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine
Around the World in 80: Set in foreign lands
The Paris Directive by Gerald Jay
The Kid in Me: Picture Books, Junior Fiction, Young Adult
Picture Book: Mrs McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom by Kelly S. DiPucchio
Junior Fiction: Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee
Young Adult: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis and The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John H. Ritter
Up All Night: Spy, Suspense and Adventure
This entire section was excellent but my favorite book of all was Old Dogs by Donna Moore
To Be Continued: From Series I Was Already Reading
A Matter of Justice by Charles Todd
Taken by Robert Crais
Read the Book, the Butler Did It: Mysteries
Winter of the Wolf Moon by Steve Hamilton
Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
Time and Time Again: Historical Fiction
Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
Doc by Mary Dora Russell
Truth is Stranger than FictionNon-fiction
There were lots of good reads in this section, but the best was Curse of the Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald
American Pastime: Baseball
The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow
Bad Faith by Aimee Thurlo
The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee
Dr. Bailey writes an excellent mystery. Her attention to detail is precise. Her female character (Lizzie Stuart) is a delight. Lizzie, like Frankie Bailey, is a university professor in criminal justice. These books ring true in every aspect and you should give them a try if you like mysteries. (I think). I am currently reading her third novel Old Murders and have the fourth You Should Have Died on Monday to go. Hopefully, there will be a new one before too long!
Oh, how true.
I love the time machine idea, too. And that was a great summary!
Among them my second graphic novel - the Grandville Mon Amour book by Brian Talbot and I have requested the third in the series from the library.
Don't bother picking up Jeffery Archer's book Sins of the Father. I like series as much as the next person, but I don't like putting in the necessary hours to read a book that doesn't tell you how it ends. I invested the time and emotion into this book and finally - at the end - there is no end. It just quits. It's a commercial ploy to get you to buy/read the next book. I probably would have continued to series if this one had had an ending.
Housewrights was enjoyable but not compelling.
I also finished one of my ER books. A bio about John Torres "Chief" Meyers who was a catcher for the New York Giants. Fairly good read with lots of interesting stuff included.
Am hoping to finish my other ER book before the end of the year - Eighty Days.
Happy Holidays to all of you.
Can anyone tell me how to keep the thread, or at least the list of books I read? (The first entry in the thread)
If you want to store the information on your computer, there is a way to download your LT library as an excel spreadsheet.... or you can always cut and paste the text content into a Word/text file on your computer, but I am guessing that is not what you were asking about.
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