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Reread Project: Free Fall by Robert Crais

Reread Project: Free Fall by Robert Crais. Crais has an off day, but with some great moments. ★ ★ ★

I said I’d get this posted on Monday, not when on Monday. It’s amazing what a cold, a tweaked work schedule and a National Holiday can do to one’s writing schedule. Still, the way the last few days have gone to be only 12 hours late is pretty good.

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Free Fall (Elvis Cole, #4)Free Fall

by Robert Crais

Mass Market Paperback, 288 pg.
Bantam Book, 1994
Read: August 27, 2014


I’m sure others have said this, but after…

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Saturday Miscellany — 8/30/2014

Saturday Miscellany — 8/30/2014, Reading the Classics & Novelizations, New Books, and more

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

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Hounded by David Rosenfelt

Hounded by David Rosenfelt - Andy Carpenter does it again ★★★★

HoundedHounded

by David Rosenfelt

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Minotaur Books
Read: August 22 – 23, 2014

First things first: is this not the cutest cover image ever?

Secondly, I’m not a Today watcher, but my wife is when she’s home sick from work. This mini-rant from Andy was exactly what I’ve been thinking.

I am a creature of habit, and by this time I am always in the den, watching…

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Reread Project: Lullaby Town by Robert Crais

Reread Project: Lullaby Town by Robert Crais. Crais has hit his stride ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Lullaby Town (Elvis Cole, #3)Lullaby Town

by Robert Crais

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pg.
Bantam, 1993
Read: August 21, 2014


The third book in the Elvis Cole series is about sixty pages longer than the previous — and it was about sixty pages longer than the first. This isn’t a trend that will continue, I say with some relief (in fact, I believe the next will be shorter). But the growth isn’t just in page count; it’s in depth…

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Filed under Elvis Cole Joe Pike Lullaby Town Mystery/Detective Fiction/Suspense Reread Project Robert Crais

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Saturday Miscellany — 8/23/2014

Saturday Miscellany - Princess Bride, Writers to read, Musical tribute to Oberon, Adults reading YA isn’t new, New Books and more

For the last day or so, one of the top “Trending” stories on Facebook has to do with George R. R. Martin, the headline reads: George R. R. Martin Teases Lots of Death in the next ‘Game of Thrones’ Books. Yeah? No kidding. Death, never would’ve suspected lots of that. Need to prepare for the next headline “George R. R. Martin Warns that Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Books Will Be Very Long.”

Anyway…

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Dusted Off: Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein

Dusted Off: Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein ★ ★ ★ ★

Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Mystery, #2)Mad Mouse

by Chris Grabenstein

Hardcover, 320 pg.
Carroll & Graf, 2006
Read: November 27 – 28, 2012

Man, this is just such a fun series. Ceepak’s a great superhero cop (though I hope he becomes a bit more rounded in the books to come), and Danny’s one of the best sidekicks around. Watching him grow up is a blast.

I thought it was great that this book didn’t focus on a murder (my wife took a…

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Filed under Chris Grabenstein Danny Boyle From the Archives John Ceepak Mad Mouse Mystery/Detective Fiction/Suspense

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Dusted Off: Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp

Dusted Off: Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp ★ ★

Loser's Town: A David Spandau NovelLoser’s Town: A David Spandau Novel

by Daniel Depp

Hardcover, 290 pg.
Simon AND Schuster, 2009
Read: November 8 – 12, 2012

Um, ugh. This is a really well-written, occasionally clever, disappointment.

See here’s the thing…in a detective novel, the protagonist, or if you will, the detective, should detectthings. Spandau did nada. His violent associate (not really a Hawk, Joe Pike or Bubba…

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Not her best, but Rowell on an off day is still really, really good. ★★★★1/2

LandlineLandline

by Rainbow Rowell

Hardcover, 310 pg.
St. Martin’s Press, 2014
Read: August 13, 2014

4.5 Stars

If the last few years have taught us readers anything, it’s that if you want quirky, honest, heart-felt romance with real (and usually moderately overweight) people and solid laughs, Rainbow Rowell will consistently deliver for you. And if you don’t think you want that, after you read her,…

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Reread Project: Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais

Reread Project continues: Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais ★ ★ ★ ★

Stalking The Angel (Elvis Cole, #2)Stalking The Angel by Robert Crais

Mass Market Paperback, 260 pg.
Crimeline, 1992
Read: August 13 – 14, 2014


Okay, here we go with the second Elvis Cole adventure — I hesitate to call this a mystery, the amount of investigating that Elvis performs before finding what he’s been hired to is pretty minimal. What can I say, the guy’s got himself some great instincts.

The book opens with a great…

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Saturday Miscellany — 8/16/2014

Saturday Miscellany — 8/16/2014 Phantom Tollbooth memories, First Book Loves, Rowell’s Best Lines, New Releases and more

A quick personal note: As we have for 7 or so years, my kids took part in our local library’s Summer Reading Program — for my family, it’s never actually increased our reading, but it’s a fun little thing for the kids to do (and it gets them a free book). The last few years, they’ve added a program for adults — also, doesn’t do anything to increase my reading, still I like to participate. Turns…

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