61 Hours

61 Hours is the latest installment in Lee Child’s  continuing saga of ex-military police officer Jack Reacher.  After a curious series of events, Jack finds himself stranded in a very cold, very troubled Bolton, South Dakota. Armed with an apparent super-human resistance to frostbite, his unstoppable fists and scolding wit, the man known to many simply as Reacher battles the forces of Meth-crazed bikers and a dwarfish yet philosophical, cartel leader. Child keeps the reader engaged and the tension dialed up with a strategically placed countdown system that makes the reader feel as though setting down the book even for a moment will cause them to miss part of the action. Whether you are already a fan of the series, or looking for a good place to start, or just need an adventure packed afternoon this is the novel is sure to deliver.

Thanks Gabe for your review!

You Slay Me

One of my co-workers recently started reading Katie MacAlister’s Aisling Grey series and is loving it.  The first book in the paranormal series is You Slay Me.  Aisling learns that she is a Guardian to the Gates of Hell.  Not only does she find out about her new career, but she also summons a demon, Jim the Newfoundland dog, who will not go away.  And, lets not forget out about her new love interest, Drake.  Who,  at times is her boyfriend, and at other times her enemy.  Needless to say, Aisling has quite a bit to deal with without being a murder suspect.

If you are looking for a new paranormal series, give this one a try.  It is funny and sexy.  My co-worker has been devouring the series and is unable to read anything else until she finishes it.  If you prefer reading about vampires, try MacAlister’s Dark Ones series.  You just know a book is going to be funny when it has titles like, A Girl’s Guide to Vampires, and Zen and the Art of Vampires.


Top Ten Bestsellers August

So, what has been hot to read during the month of August?  Here are the top ten bestsellers for Mostly Books as of mid-August.

1.   Queen of the Night by J.A. Jance

2.   Hour of the Hunter by J. A. Jance

3.    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

4.    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5.   Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

6.   The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

7.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

8.   The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

9.   The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

10.   The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

And wouldn’t you know, people around the U.S. are all reading the same thing.  Eat, Pray, Love is currently the number one book on the USA Today bestseller list.  Stieg Larsson’s trilogy is also taking up a good portion of the top ten bestsellers.  Although, Larsson’s books being in the top ten is no surprise at this point; the Millennium trilogy has been a bestseller for months now.  This is a must read if you haven’t yet.

Brisingr

BRISINGR by Christopher Paolini’s book review was written by one of our frequent shoppers.  Thanks!

The best of the three so far, because Paolini gets better and better as
the story grows.  This story has depth and excitement.  We go from one
crisis to the next with (just) breathing space in between.  Saphira
takes a back seat a little this time around, we deal more with the
dwarfs, elves, and humans surrounding Eragon during the time of war.
The best part is, that it isn’t ending here, there will be a 4th book in
the series!  Riddles are solved from the past three books, including
Eragon’s parents.  Don’t miss this one.

Don’t forget, we will be discussing A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick Saturday August 21, at 1 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

September Bookclub Readings

For the month of September we will be having only one book club meeting due to the holiday weekend over September 4th.  We will be discussing Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen on September 18th at 1 p.m..  This is a fiction piece about the bond between a man, a woman, and an elephant. This novel is set during the Great Depression in the world of the circus.  We have heard wonderful things about this book and are looking forward to the discussion.  We hope to see you there.

Provenance

My co-work just finished reading Provenance:  How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.  She said this is a wonderful true-crime book about art forgery.  One review claimed the book to be “one of the 20th century’s most audacious art frauds”, which my co-work quickly agreed to be an accurate statement about the con man and his story.  The majority of this book takes place in England and is about a man, John Drewe, who convinces a painter, John Myatt, to create forgeries of other well known art pieces.  Drewe starts out by selling the forgeries to people, but before long he has gain accesses to countless British museums and begins to tamper with the art archives.  According to the back of the book jacket, “many of which (forged artwork) are still considered genuine and hang in prominent museums and private collections today.”  That statement alone convinces me that I have to read this book just to see how good this con artist is.  I was told this book was very well written and researched.  My co-worker raved about the amount of information on art and con artists.  Evidently, Drewe changes his name and profession quite often in the book,  which could have caused confusion for the reader, but the authors present the material in clear and concise manner .  If you are at all interested in art or true-crime, check this book out.

If you are looking for a fiction piece involving art forgery, consider reading Feint of Art, by Hailey Lind.  The book is filled with fascinating information about art.

Grave Surprise

While on vacation I decided to read Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris, and I have to say I feel a bit sorry for the people sitting around me at the airport, I just couldn’t contain my laughter at some points.  This is the second book in the Harper Connelly series, and I thought it was even better than the first.  When Harper was a teenager she was struck by lighting, and one of the long term effects has been the ability to find dead bodies and tell you how they died.  Harper is asked to come give a demonstration for a college class in Memphis, Tennessee.  And wouldn’t you know it, she finds a body that doesn’t belong in the grave she is examining.  Well, this immediately starts a murder investigation that Harper is determined to solve.  The characters, as previously mentioned, are even more entertaining in this novel than in Grave Sight; Harris laid the foundation for the characters in her first book and was able to have a little more fun in the second one.  I am anxious to see what the third book has in store.  Harper and Tolliver’s relationship is starting to change, and I am curious to see where Harris plans to take it.  If you have been reading Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series (which the HBO series True Blood is based on) and are looking for something else to read, give here Harper Connelly series a try.  They are as entertaining and witty as her paranormal series.

Waking the Witch

I recently finished reading Kelley Armstrong’s newest novel, Waking the Witch, and have to say it was a fun book to read.  The story was full of witches and other paranormal beings, which always keeps thing a little more interesting.  This is the eleventh book in Armstrong’s Otherworld Series.  You don’t necessarily have to read all of the other books to appreciate the story, but past events were mentioned so it wouldn’t hurt to read the entire series in order.  This is  a coming of age story about a young witch, Savannah, trying to prove herself as a young supernatural PI.  Savannah takes on a case involving three murdered girls, and a rather strange town full of possible suspects.  It doesn’t take long to discover that this town is full of secrets.  Savannah is an entertaining character to read.  She is a bit full of herself, but for the most part knows her limits and knows when to ask for help.  However, she does have a tendency to make snide remarks, which I found to be rather amusing.  I would have liked a little more spell casting from the characters, but overall I enjoyed the book.

Captive Queen

I recently devoured Alison Weir’s newest novel, Captive Queen; it is an excellent historical fiction piece about the famous, maybe even infamous, Eleanor of Aquitaine.  This novel focused on her life during her marriage to King Henry II of England.  Eleanor and Henry create one of the largest kingdoms of their time with their passionate marriage, but as the years continue their love soon turns to bitterness.  However, the two remain married for over thirty five years regardless of the torment they put each other through-although, an ambitious king would be reluctant to divorce the wealthiest heiress.  This book is full of history, betrayal, scandal, and rivalry, making it a very fun read.  Not to mention, Weir does a wonderful job of showing Eleanor as a strong and independent woman whose views are far too progressive for her time, and her husband Henry, as the proud and controlling king with a very traditional view of women.  What I loved about this book, was how easy it was to get swept up into the world of medieval  England.  Weir captures the time so well with her descriptions and language.  It was truely a delight to read.

Terminal Freeze

A couple of weeks ago, we started a review of this books.  While vacations have interfered with getting posts up in a timely manner, here is the full review of this book.

If you haven’t read Child, start now.  His books are compelling, thrilling and full of great characters.  Terminal Freeze takes place at the top of the world at a rarely used U.S. base.  A small group of scientists has the opportunity to study the effects of climate change on glaciers.  Several days into the exploration of an ice cave at the base of the glacier, they find a creature encased in ice.

The group sponsoring the expedition turns this into a media event by freezing the ice and showing it on live TV.  Before that happens, disaster strikes and people begin to die.  A shaman from the only settlement near the base has tried in vain to stop the exploration before things went awry and now must help stop the killing.

From his website (and I could not agree more)  “In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos—and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major bestselling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.”

Both his stand alone and his books written with coauthor Douglas Preston are a must read.