Shannon Stacey

Good reading, meh mood


I’m going to answer the questions from Friday tomorrow. Today my brain is still recovering, and my mood is still in ICU. But I got some reading in, which is nice. After a maybe-year-long reading slump, I’ve had a run of awesome books. Only one was a stinker. I won’t mention it by name, but for some inexplicable reason the author felt a need to set it in NH, then totally screw up the law enforcement “tree”. A small town sheriff single-handedly battling a killer in NH. Yeah, not so much. We have police departments and a State Police Major Crimes Unit who handle that while our sheriffs deliver court docs and transport prisoners, but thanks for playing. Next time, set the book in your state, where sheriffs are the primary local law enforcement.

See…the mood is not fully recovered.

Anway, on to the good:

Angels Fall by Nora Roberts: All the Nora goodness, plus a diner. I know it sounds weird, but I’m a sucker for any book set in a small-town diner. I do want to know how she can totally bring a location to life without ever having been there. The imagery was amazing.

Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath: He’s a wicked funny bastard, without sacrificing the thrills and chills. The Jack Daniels series is one of my favorite series ever.

High Noon by Nora Roberts: Couldn’t put it down. The thriller action was wicked awesome, and Duncan evoked some Roarke deliciousness. Plus, I thought I was being set up for one of the Cheezy Miracles of Romance and the fact she didn’t go down that road was awesome. (Hmm….Cheezy Miracles of Romance would make for a good RTB column, no? Although I’d then offend the writers of the CM of R, wouldn’t I? Must think on that.)

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas: I’m going to have to reread this one in a more analytical manner. Why? Because I didn’t bond overly well with the narrator, I didn’t care for the romantic triangle and I hated the way the triangle resolved, saw the big secret a mile away, and yet I still liked the book and was highly entertained by it. The writer in me wants to know how she pulled that off. :lol:

I know I’ve read some other good ones lately, but I can’t think of them now, of course. But those are the highlights. Anybody else read something un-put down-able recently?

6 comments to “Good reading, meh mood”

  1. Meljean
      · August 14th, 2007 at 11:09 am · Link

    I would love to read a CM of R column *g*

    I just finished Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD last night at 3am. Spent half the book just trying not to bawl, but it was fantastic (and surprisingly, ended on a kind-of uplifting note, so I didn’t close it feeling like I just wanted to curl up and die.) Great stuff.

  2. Ann
      · August 14th, 2007 at 11:22 am · Link

    “I would love to read a CM of R column.” Me, too. :nod: Post it here if you don’t want to insult the writers of CM of R (that would help with the what to blog dilemma).

  3. Jaci Burton
      · August 14th, 2007 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Do CM of R go with DD IC and Doritos?


  4. Bev Stephans
      · August 14th, 2007 at 4:30 pm · Link

    A CM of R column sounds like fun. :lmao:
    As for what what I’ve been reading, try “Driven To Distraction” by Ashleigh Raine. It’s in e-book at Samhain. It’s great!:clap:

  5. Emma Wayne Porter
      · August 14th, 2007 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Just devoured Angels Fall last week, as a matter of fact. I loved every second of it, and yes, the setting was… well, it was Nora. So yeah.

  6. Shannon
      · August 15th, 2007 at 8:45 am · Link

    Y’all are just trying to get me in trouble. :neener:

    And Bev, I love the advisory warning on that book! Definitely going to pick that one up. :devil:

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