December 1, 2012

A Few Random Thoughts


Now that that traditional greeting is out of the way, I can get on with the post for this month. I had planned this month to post a critical review of the first novel in the Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January series. I decided instead to review it in February 2013 and to review the other nine novels in the series in remaining nine months of 2013. The 10 novels feature Hambly’s believable 19th century African American detective.

Why February? Well, I have to post my review of a novel that I read in November before embarking on my adventure through 1830s New Orleans with Benjamin January.

Every December, to give my brain a break, I relax from reading crime fiction by reading a so-called literary novels. I choose the novels at random. This year I plan to read two novels—Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Tumbling, a first novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone. If I can find the time, I might read one of the novels I have on my Kindle or Nook. On the Kindle, I have current crime fiction, and on the Nook, I have crime novels from the 19th century that I downloaded from the Gutenberg website. 

Well, that’s it for this short and sweet post.


Kelly Robinson said...

I'm curious about which 19th century writers you've downloaded. I love some of that stuff.

Ann @ Blogging Profits Unleashed said...

I'll recommend you read Tumbling, it's a good story about a black family living in the 40's/50's and how their lives progressed over a 15 year period. Advance Merry Christmas! :)

Louis A. Willis said...

Kelly, here are some of the books I've downloaded.

A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays by Willa Cather; also “One of Ours,” but I haven’t gotten around to reading the books yet.

Mostly I’ve downloaded crime fiction. Novels and stories by American Anna Katherine Green (I finished reading "The Leavenworth Case".

I have the Dr. Thorndyke stories by R. Austin Freeman on my "to-be-read list."

"Blindfolded, Edgar Huntley," "File No. 113," "The Grand Babylon Hotel," "The Dorrington Deed Box," "The Gray Mask," "The Lady and the Law" are a few of the crime novels that I’ve downloaded.