Feeling like a reading fraud this year. If Lance can come clean I guess we all should.
Not reading that much, and what I do read, I just can’t make myself blog about it. My other problem, I like other people’s reviews much better than my own. For instance, I read James Blaylock’s Homunculus. It’s a tough book to jump into, many claim it as the beginning of steampunk. By page 80, I’m really getting into the story, so I search out reviews to see if I’m on the right track.
Great review already out there, IMHO. Stainless Steel Droppings. Plus, GoodReads reviews. This is what I find with everything I read. Faster readers, better reviews, and I just want to read other peoples reviews and get back to reading.
Handily, my friend and colleague and fellow blogger can take over the reins of Okie Reads. After all, he’s an okie and he reads, perfect qualifications.
So without further adieu, I’m taking a back seat, may jump in occasionally but for the most part it’s Young Bill Young’s OkieReads.
Check out what’s going on at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum on Tuesday night. Very inexpensive entertainment. Come one, come ALL!
Straight from the National Book Awards fabulous ceremony at the opulent Cipriani Wall Street where the literati met in what looked more like the Oscars than a book club, we are privy to the 2012 National Book Award winners. Congratulations to everyone. Always a treat when books are celebrated.
Been off from work for six weeks with the Total Knee Replacement adventure. A few suggestions if you are going to have this done. Don’t read or knit for the first 3 weeks. Awful daytime TV works because you drift in and out of consciousness. First, you’ll find you’re reading the same page over and over again, second I took out four rows of knitting about nine times before I realized those brain cells weren’t working.
Once the reading cells start up again Poisoned Pen Press mysteries are the perfect antidote to boredom.
First I read Skeleton Picnic by Michael Norman. It’s a J. D. Books Mystery. Couple goes missing. Territorial issues have the local Sheriff Charley Sutter turning to Bureau of Land Management Ranger J.D. Books for help. Skeleton Picnic is the euphemism for Native American artifact and pot hunting trips, clearly illegal. Evidence shows the couple have not left by their own means. Further investigation, with his new young deputy, Beth Tanner, reveal these are not the only people going missing in the Four Corners region. Family conflicts create tension for Books and lead to more questions than answers. This book provides a good mix of interesting characters, with a strong Southwest setting. Ethical considerations bump against local traditions of collecting artifacts. Ending will not disappoint.
Looks like I missed the first in the series, On Deadly Ground, will have to go and pick it up.
Another from the Poison Pen fare, is Kerry Greenwood’s Cooking the Books: A Corinna Chapman Mystery. Good news for all you Phryne Fisher fans, now you have a new woman sleuth to follow. Corinna is a great baker, has a yummy boyfriend, and gets drawn into film set antics that lead to murder. She’s working for her caterer friend as a baker on the set of a new soap opera, called “Kiss the Bride”. The lead actress is like the tiger that erupts on the set. There is a sub-plot going with her private detective boyfriend investigating missing bearer bonds last held by a mistreated corporate employee. Setting is Melbourne, Australia, you can almost smell Corinna’s baking as she solves crimes in this 6th in the series.
Poisoned Pen Press offers a variety of Kerry Greenwood mysteries, stop by and store up.
And even though I’m a big fan of Poisoned Pen, I picked up a mystery I just didn’t like. Clea Simon’s Cats Can’t Shoot: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir. Pru is an animal behavioralist and pet psychic. Did the white Persian really kill her owner by stepping on the dueling pistol? Pru tries to get the kitty to trust her and reveal the truth. I liked the plot, Pru’s interactions with ex-boyfriends, and the disagreeable wife, but all the animal dialogue just got in my way. I have four dogs and a cat and can’t imagine those conversations going on in their heads, and my cat is as verbal as it gets. While this is an interesting twist on the mystery tale, its just not one for me.
Now that you’ve read about horrible things. (Eck) Turn your attention to Lawrence Public Library’s chart on what to read after the Hunger Games. Very clever. I feel so old because I’ve read all the Classics listed.
Well, I guess horrible things aren’t too far removed from the Dystopian novel. Taking a turn down this road leads to GoodReads analysis of distopian books. They also have a chart with a handy key for reader tastes. The Goodreads blog should be your next stop while you’re there.
Hey! Got a library card? Then you can flash it and get free admission to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Nature History this Saturday, June 30. What a great way to start the Summer!
If you haven’t explored this state treasure on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus, now’s the time to do it. A visit would make a most perfect day trip for you and your family. Take a gander below at what you can discover, and explore more at the museum’s website.
On, and this is also your Library YouTube Break!
From the site Field Candy: “Are you a big fan of books? We mean, are you a really big fan of books. Because this is, well, it’s an enormous book. It looks like a giant has dropped his favourite best seller. Plus, it also lets you meet up with other book fans on the campsite. You can even hold book groups in your tent and discuss whether Twilight is better than Harry Potter.”
Jack Maxwell is the amazing designer of this literary marvel.
I09 broke the story of Ray Bradbury’s passing at the age of 91. Many generations got their first taste of extraordinary writing from timeless classics like Fahrenheit 451, Illustrated Man, .and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Even “non-readers” thrilled to his stories. The LA Times has more about the great man and some video clips.
Here’s a lovely video from The Big Read funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ray Bradbury thoughts on books, reading and libraries.
Please enjoy and remember back to your first Ray Bradbury story or book.
Nothing makes me happier than finding a new Bryant & May, by Christopher Fowler. The Memory of Blood brings back the whole cast of characters from the Peculiar Crimes Unit. We are cleverly informed of their personalities and peccadillos from a “Wikileaks document”. Arthur St. John Bryant and John May are the senior detectives and solver of the most difficult crimes. This time Fowler uses London theatrical history to capture his audience.
Our host for the New Strand Theatre production, The Two Murderers, is the less than scrupulous entrepeneur, Robert Kramer. Combine him with an unhappy wife, unfaithful lovers, a set designer with an interest in torture chambers, a plagiarizing playwright, murderous puppets, and you’ve got a perfect Peculiar Crimes Unit story.
Nathan, baby of Robert and Judith Kramer is mysteriously strangled by Punch (of Punch & Judy fame) and tossed from the window. There we begin a string of deaths, with ties to The Two Murderers and the Punch and Judy characters. Twists and turns, as Bryant & May, and their team look to solve a hanging, death by Scold’s Bridle, and pitchfork. Even amid murder and mayhem, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments between characters.
A side story involves Arthur Bryant writing his memoirs and the mysterious demise of his editor, Anna Marquand, with national security implications, of course. Never a dull moment in a Christopher Fowler mystery.
I hope they go in this direction…
We’ll debate about books under-noticed or too much noticed, and celebrate writers we’ve returned to again and again. We’ll recommend and we’ll theorize.
However I hope they’re not going down the road of the New York Review of Books, which seems to have less to do with books than the people writing the essays.
By the way, we hope you realize that “Site of the Week” really means “Site of Whenever We Get Around to It.” (It was much easier to type that sentence than redo the graphic!)
Young Bill Young and I are trying to get back to some normal posting schedule. Unfortunately, we have this thing called a “job” that gets in the way sometimes.
Happy reading, everyone!