Storm Front by John Sandford (Or The Top Ten Reasons To Read John Sandford)

I intended to start out this post by disparaging series, as I generally don’t enjoy them. Often it seems like authors continue them long past their intended expiration date for monetary gain. This irks me. I included often in the previous sentence so as not to offend anybody. Some readers really do get attached toContinue reading “Storm Front by John Sandford (Or The Top Ten Reasons To Read John Sandford)”

Silken Prey by John Sandford

The Black Krim. Sounds ominous, right? Good thing this discussion will eventually lead into a review of John Sandford’s new thriller-mystery Silken Prey (review copy provided by publisher) – because there’s nothing particularly mysterious about the Black Krim, aside from a name that could double as a terrorist organization. Rewind a few hours. By nature I am an anxious person.Continue reading “Silken Prey by John Sandford”

The To Be Read Stack…

I think there is an inherent amount of dishonesty in blogging. Why would anyone want to blog about the bad stuff? It’s not as interesting and, generally, nobody wants to present themselves unfavorably. I certainly don’t. I don’t want to tell you I’m overwhelmed and overworked (both of which are true), because then I feelContinue reading “The To Be Read Stack…”

Being thankful: A top ten list

Today I am thankful. I am thankful for the authors and books that inspire me. Books, and the authors who write them, have made me happy and sad and angry and afraid and fulfilled and understood and a little less alone. I am in awe of you. So in honor of this, I am givingContinue reading “Being thankful: A top ten list”

Virgil Flowers’ t-shirts: A lesson in indie music

Recently, I wrote this post on John Sandford’s Stolen Prey (excellent, by the way, also includes an amazing veggie burger recipe). In the comments, there is a discussion about Virgil Flowers. He’s a minor recurring character in the Prey series who now has a series of his own. Virgil is known for quite a few things including fishing,Continue reading “Virgil Flowers’ t-shirts: A lesson in indie music”

Favorite contemporary fiction authors: A top ten list

This week’s top ten list: favorite contemporary fiction authors (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). I’m defining contemporary authors as currently living, currently publishing (as in more than one book) fiction writers. In no particular order: 10. Deborah Harkness 9. Joe Hill 8. Bret Easton Ellis 7. Ian McEwan 6. John Sandford 5. Kate MortonContinue reading “Favorite contemporary fiction authors: A top ten list”

Stolen Prey by John Sandford

In a small Minnesota town, an entirely family has been tortured and murdered (right down to the family pets). Lucas Davenport is called to what is the most brutal scene he has ever witnessed. After investigating the family’s business for clues, they can’t find any sign of involvement in drugs or money laundering, but somethingContinue reading “Stolen Prey by John Sandford”