Summer is finally here on the West Coast. The past 3 or 4 days have seen bright sunny skies and temperatures in the mid - high 20's.. (Celsius that is... 80's - 90's for those of you working in Fahrenheit still). I know it's not steam heat type temperatures, but that's one reason I moved out here; I prefer medians, winter temperatures near freezing and mild summer temperatures) This is almost too hot for me, I do prefer the nice breeze we had on Monday.. The nice temperatures have made our garden so very bountiful this year. The other day our Day lilies even blossomed. And the wall of hydrangeas look lovely, a nice mix of blues and whites..
So on to books.. Firstly, a bit about the three books I'm currently reading -
1. Wool by Hugh Howey - This is a SciFi series, the Silo, basically made up of 9 books. The Wool Omnibus, which I'm reading, contains books 1 - 5; Holston, which covers the life of the current Sheriff of Silo, Proper Gauge, exploring the relationship of the Mayor and her deputy as they go into the depths of Silo to find a new Sheriff, Casting Off, that portion focusing on the new mayor, Juliette, The Unraveling, the events leading up to the 'war' and finally, The Stranded, which deals, as far as I know, with the aftermath and maybe the future?? It's an excellent SciFi story so far and there are so many things left to explain what the Silo is/ are and why they are there (wherever that might be) and so on. It's well-written and flows very nicely. Enjoying immensely so far and I've just started Book 5. I imagine I'll have to find the remaining.. :)
2. The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola (translated by Brian Nelson) - I'm getting into this story (a classic) quite well now and finding it very interesting and well-written. I always worry about reading a translation but Nelson has done an excellent job and it makes the book fluid reading. I mentioned this book as a future read in one of my previous Blogs and provided the synopsis so I won't get into it again here. Suffice it to say, it's set in France (Paris) in the mid 19th Century and focuses on the rise of the department store and its impact and effect on the lives of those involved with the store and those on the periphery.
3. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (translated by Don Bartlett) - This is the fourth book in Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo's, Harry Hole police thriller series. I've read one previously, the third book, The Redbreast, and liked very much. Harry Hole is a police detective, troubled and an alcoholic, who is also an excellent investigator. The stories, at least so far, are dark, violent and interesting. In this story, which I'm about 1/3 of the way into, Harry is investigating a series of bank robberies, but also dealing with the death/ suicide/ murder (time will tell) of an old flame in her apartment. The problem is that Harry was supposed to go to her place for dinner, but he woke up in his own place, with a hangover and unsure of anything that happened that evening. So Harry is working to solve what happened with his girlfriend and at the same time trying to solve the bank robberies and prevent his life from unravelling. Interesting stuff.
I've got to say I was surprised how many new books I've purchased since the last time I listed any. I did return about 20 books to my local used book store, Nearly New Books, but since the end of Jun I managed to buy a few more. Some highlights, if not all, below.
3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (True Crime) - Truman Capote's investigation of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas and of the two men who brutally killed them on the night of Nov 15, 1959.
Well, that was supposed to be it, but I spent an hour downtown today with the missus and while she shopped in Hot Chocolates, the best chocolate shop/ bakery downtown Courtenay, I checked out Second Page Used Books and found 3 more books.. :)
So there you go.. almost time for Jeopardy and Blue Jays baseball. I hope you find some of the story lines interesting enough to try the books out. Enjoy your summer!