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November's booklist

1.    Bad Luck and Trouble, Lee Child
2.    Nothing to Lose, Lee Child
3.    Gone Tomorrow, Lee Child
4.    61 Hours, Lee Child
5.    Worth Dying For, Lee Child
6.    A Wanted Man, Lee Child
7.    Never Go Back, Lee Child

*cough* Well, yes. Jack Reacher IS my fictional boyfriend and I did pretty much marathon a whole lot of these books in a very short time. Also, did Jack Reacher himself tweet at me? Yes, yes he did.

Reading so many in a row brings out a few minor flaws I might have missed otherwise – Child overuses a few choice phrasings, and several of the books are basically reinventions of earlier plots – but you can’t escape the fact that Jack Reacher is One Cool Guy, and Lee Child has a firm grasp on how to write a tightly plotted, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

8.    New York Then & Now, Marcia Reiss

Just what the title says – vintage photos of New York paired with modern day photos of the same scene. I used it to play a game of “How many pictures can Marie point at and squeal ‘I stood right there!’”

9.    Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman

Mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, older cousins twice removed … buy this for the children in your life! It’s so clever and adorable and full of Gaiman-ness and also great illustrations.

10.    Always, Trevor Meldal-Johnsen

This on the other hand, earns a “run for your life” rating. Someone gave it to me because they heard I like time-travel romance books, which is great, except that this book is about reincarnation, not time-travel, the romance is idiotic, and the whole thing is just so badly written that I only got through it by bribing myself with toast.

11.    Solo, William Boyd

A few of the James Bond books since Ian Fleming have been worth reading. This is not one of them.

12.    Longbourn, Jo Baker

This, on the other hand! More set-in-the-world-of than a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it shows us the world of the servants during the events of P&P.  If you go into it only because you love P&P you’ll probably be disappointed, because our beloved Bennets are peripheral characters at best, and Darcy is hardly mentioned at all. It’s not a particularly happy story, and there’s a plot point involving Mr Bennet that made me uncomfortable, but it is incredibly well-written and attention-keeping.

13.    My Life With Women, Richard Armour

I’m a fan of Armour’s humor, but give this one a skip and go straight to the classic “It All Started With …” series.

14.    The Caliph’s House, Tahir Shah

Under the Tuscan Sun meets exotic Casablanca! British writer/tv personality buys crumbling, jinn-infested house! Hijinks ensue!  Goats are sacrificed! Mysteries uncovered!

I was occasionally frustrated by Shah’s storytelling manner (he seems to leave things hanging unresolved for dramatic effect and I get the feeling he might not be above exaggerating for the same reason) and by the sheer amount of trouble he had making the house habitable, but this was absolutely a joy to read.

15.    Song of the Silent Harp, B. J. Hoff

I can’t help it. Jael mentions our favorite red-headed bard and then I think about New York’s slums and I have to go read these again, even though they are kind of terrible.



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Dec. 4th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
Yes, blame it all on me. ;-)
Dec. 7th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
When it comes to Morgan, it's almost ALWAYS your fault. :D
Dec. 4th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
How AWESOME that he tweeted you! Love it :)

I've never read any of Lee Child's books myself, but have "Tripwire" standing on my shelf, waiting for me. Does it matter that it's not the first in the series?
Dec. 7th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Nope! I read them all out of order at first. In fact, the writing style is MUCH improved after the first couple, so for new readers I'd recommend starting at least a few books into the series anyway.
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