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Reading: “The Last of The Mohicans”

The Last of the Mohicans (Bantam Classics)The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

I know, so many books, so little time.

But I’m reading this classic to find a quote–at least I think it’s a quote–from this book.

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‘The Brass Verdict’

The Brass Verdict The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

My review


rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’ve read, and enjoyed, many of Michael Connelly’s books.

This one never really grabbed me, I’m afraid.

I just couldn’t get into the character of Mickey Haller.

Even Connelly’s hero Harry Bosch didn’t grab me in this book.

I’m disappointed.

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“Burn Out”

Burn Out Burn Out by Marcia Muller

My review


I’ve had this book on hold from the library, and my turn finally came!

And I finished this wonderful book last night.

It’s always so satisfying to catch up on one of my favorite book characters.

McCone’s life has been tumultuous, and she tries to get away from it all.

A satisfying story!

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Takeover, by Lisa Black

Takeover Takeover by Lisa Black

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
I almost bailed on this book after the first twenty pages.

I just couldn’t get into it.

But something told me to give Takeover a few more chapters, and I’m glad that I did!

The story grabbed me at last, and I finished it last night.

Not a great book, but a pretty good thriller.

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I’ve finished ‘Scarpetta’!

Scarpetta (Scarpetta Book 16) Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve read every Scarpetta book, and this one is the best in a long time!

For me, it’s all about the characters, and they’re in fine form.

A good read.

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The Pagan Stone

The Pagan Stone (Sign of Seven trilogy #3) The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
After reading “Black Boxes,” I need to read something a bit lighter.

But wait, this book is about demons!

Yeah, fiction!

It’s the last book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy, and a lighter read for me.

Thank goodness.

Reading a Nora Roberts book, for me, is like watching a comical movie.

Light, maybe a tad predictable, but satisfying when my old brain need something light to read.

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Black Boxes, by Caroline Smailes

Black Boxes Black Boxes by Caroline Smailes

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a very good book, but I found it a hard read.

I have struggled with depression, off and on, for about 13 years. There were times I found this book impossible to read, because it reminded me of my own life in many ways.

This is a realistic, at times bitterly harsh, story about a breakdown.

It’s very well written, interesting, and painful. Caroline Smailes invites us into the subconscious of a young woman who is falling apart.

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Twilight

Here’s my Goodreads review of Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer:

I turned off the telephones, shut down my laptop, and finished Twilight this afternoon.

What a masterful story by Stephenie Meyer–and what a risk, to write about vampires who choose to live their lives in a different way.

In case you haven’t read the book, I won’t give anymore away.

But I’m reminded of Joss Whedon’s Angel, the vampire with a soul in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.

I want to give the story away, darn it, but I’m determined not to give anything away.

Twilight is about two very different people who fall deeply in love.

It’s a story about being different, isolated, lonely, reviled. But it’s also about family, about the choices people (and vampires) make regarding their lives.

I find it a hopeful book, as it proves to the reader that love may walk into our lives at any moment throughout our lives, and knock our socks off.

It’s also sexy without being pornographic, with well developed characters, and detail that’s easy to read.

The story is also set in the Pacific Northwest, my home, and I love reading about the endless rain and cold that settles into the bones and makes itself at home for months at a time.

The next book in the Twilight series is New Moon, and I’m bidding on a copy via eBay. The hold list at the Seattle Library is too long, and I don’t want to pay full price.

Read this book and let me know what you think.

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