What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death….
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The series follows an optimistic teacher, WILL SCHUESTER, who - against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach - attempts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from obscurity, while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential. It's a tall order when the brightest stars of the group include KURT, a soprano who hits a high note in fashion; MERCEDES, a larger-than-life diva with a voice to match; ARTIE, a geeky guitarist who rocks and rolls; and TINA, a punk rocker who hides behind her stutter and blue hair extensions.Will's only hope lies with two true talents: RACHEL BERRY, a self-proclaimed star who is convinced that MySpace and show choir and are her tickets to fame; and FINN HUDSON, the popular high school quarterback with movie star looks who must protect his reputation from his holier-than-thou girlfriend and "Cheerios" head cheerleader, QUINN, and his arrogant football teammate, PUCK.Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again, but his only ally is fellow teacher and germaphobe EMMA PILLSBURY. Everyone else around him thinks he's nuts - from his silly wife TERRI SCHUESTER to McKinley's scheming cheerleading coach SUE SYLVESTER - but he's out to prove them wrong.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Or perhaps you dream about starting such a collection. What title would it be and what would it take for you to get motivated to start collecting? Or maybe it's the works of a particular author you collect (or want to collect) instead a certain book title?
Friday, August 28, 2009
It was published in 2009 and has 304 pages.When a cake kills a squire and traced to tainted honey, the castle governor enlists the help of Templar Bascot de Marins. But as murder spreads beyond the castle walls, he wonders if it is in fact the work of a lethal master of poisons.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It was published in 2004 and has 400 pages.When a nude, charred female corpse turns up in a burned warehouse, the police discover that the unidentified victim, one of four possible women, was murdered beforehand. Duncan and Gemma also look into the abduction of 10-year-old Harriet Novak, a pawn in her parents' ongoing acrimonious divorce. As the investigation by both fire officials and police evolves, it becomes clear that the abduction is connected to the murder. Young, eager firefighter Rose Kearny, who found the body in the burning building, works the case on her own and comes up with a theory that may explain the arsonist's unusual motive. Fanny Liu, confined to a wheelchair, fears the worst when her roommate goes missing, and a nearby home for battered women apparently connects several aspects of the case.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I don't know how I married a non-reader -- it must have been love. Tall, dark and handsome -- my downfall. Sadly, he grew up in a household that didn't and still doesn't value books or reading. He used to read one book a year when Tom Clancy still wrote. He does read his magazines, I'll say that. And he grew up with a love for rock music and also of game playing, first with Dungeons and Dragons with his buddies and then with the very first of the computer games (you know, Commadore 64 and such) on 5 1/2 disk. So he did develop a sense of imagination and some story appreciation.
Reading, however, is an art that needs to be practiced to stay in shape much like exercise. I read everyday and do so very quickly; it takes him longer I think because he reads every single word and contemplates the meaning of each one longer.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I think just about every reader has a least one book that they've been meaning to read for awhile (months or even years) but, for one reason or another, they just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe it's a book a friend recommended last year, or a title you've flirted with in a bookstore on more than one occasion, or maybe it's a book that's sitting right there on your bookshelf, patiently waiting for you to pick it up -- but the thought is always there, in the back of your mind: Why haven't I read this yet?This week, tell us about a book (or books) you have been meaning to read. What is it? How long have you wanted to read it? And, why haven't you read it yet?
- The historical mystery category is huge, covering all of history. I've been concentrating my reading pretty much to the medieval period and there are so many authors and series there (it's a big era and I haven't gotten to some I'd like to). I haven't even been able to get other periods I also enjoy such as the Roman histmyst: Lindsay Davis (have read first in series); David Wishart, Ruth Downie, Steven Saylor, John Maddox Roberts, Marilyn Todd, Jane Finnis, Rosemary Rowe and PC Doherty.
- I have many mysteries by Georgette Heyer but not made time. They're supposed to be so good.
- Lots of classic mystery authors: Patricia Wentworth, Ruth Rendell, PD James, Rex Stout, Erle Stanley Gardner, Patricia Moyes, Ngaio Marsh, Gladys Mitchell, Josephine Tey, Margery Allingham, Emma Lathen, Caatherine Aird, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain, Lawrence Block, and so forth. I've read some, of course, but not in depth.
- Dorothy Dunnett (both series) mentioned yesterday. Cults have sprung up around these books and I would like to see if they're that good.
- Speaking of cults: Diana Gabaldon -- I started the series way back when but I think I left off around book three. I should get back to them but they are also big bricks of books, taking up so much time even though they are good reads.
- Nonfiction in general. I love history of all kinds; I love political theory and current events. No time to indulge.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
When Judge Deborah Knott travels to Wrightsville Beach for a summer conference for North Carolina District Court Judges, she stumbles upon the body of one of her colleagues. Meanwhile, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, is in Virginia with his son, tying up loose ends left by the death of his first wife. When another judge is found murdered at the conference, it soon becomes evident that Deborah may be the killer's next target. Her relaxing trip to the seaside soon transforms into a harrowing experience, and she must summon all of her strength and investigative expertise to track down the culprit before she becomes the next victim.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
It was published in 2002 and has 351 pages.May, 1195. Sir John de Wolfe is summoned at dawn to inspect a corpse that has been discovered in Exeter's cathedral precinct. Aaron of Salisbury, a Jewish money-lender, has been found dead, his head enveloped in a brown leather money bag, a scrap of folded parchment clutched in his hand. On it is written: "And Jesus went into the temple and overthrew the tables of the money-changers." This is just the beginning of a strange series of murders in which an apt biblical text is left at the scene of the crime. Setting out to track down a literate and Bible-learned killer in an age when only one percent of the population can read or write, Sir John deduces that he is looking for a homicidal priest.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
It was published in 1998 and has 210 pages.Summoned to attend a patient in a house near the lonely Romney Marsh, Rawlings does not suspect that he is walking into a web of conspiracy, intrigue and mystery. Until he discovers a body near a deserted church, bearing a coded document. Rawlings reports the case to London's famous blind magistrate John Fielding who identifies the victim as a French spy master. So Rawlings returns to the marshes to investigate who, amongst the colourful local characters, could be harbouring politically explosive secrets...
Friday, August 14, 2009
It was published this month and has 400 pages. I've enjoyed most of his previous books, especially PARANOIA.Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator--exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother, Lauren, lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick's brother, has vanished without a trace. Nick and Roger have been on the outs since the arrest, trial, and conviction of their father, the notorious "fugitive financier," Victor Heller. Where Nick strayed from the path, Roger followed their father's footsteps into the corporate world. Now, as Nick searches for his brother, he's on a collision course with one of the most powerful corporations in the world--and they will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
- I have a great love of the Tudors. I've always wondered what Anne Boleyn would be like in the flesh to have so captured Henry.
- I have a great love of theatre and would like to see the operations of Shakespeare's world.
- I've always loved Greece in the golden age of the 5th century B.C.
- I would love to stroll in the greatest library of the world, Alexandria.
- I'd love to observe the intellectual debates going on at the founding of the US.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Set in 1357 in Cambridge, England, Gregory's taut 14th chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (after 2008's To Kill or Cure) finds the physician and independent thinker under suspicion when Father Thomas, a pious priest, dies under his care after an accidental blow to the head. The accusations raised against Bartholomew come amid a poisonous atmosphere fostered by a shadowy rabble-rouser known as the Sorcerer, whose true identity is the subject of rampant speculation. Several murders follow Thomas's death. The doctor's willingness to aid any patient in need, including the local witch, provides fodder for his adversaries. When corpses are desecrated, people fear that a satanic cult is at work. Bartholomew questions the true loyalties of some of his closest allies as well as his own ability to uncover the prime mover behind the crimes.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I finished THE YELLOW-LIGHTED BOOKSTORE by Lewis Buzbee. It was nice; a memoir of his life first as a bookseller then a bookrep as well as the history of the development of the bookstore. My only wish was that he included more about books he loved.
I'm about to start one from the library: THE LAST EMBER by Daniel Levin. Here's the description:
An Italian antiquities squad discovers a woman's preserved corpse inside an ancient column. Pages torn from priceless manuscripts litter the floor of an abandoned warehouse. An illegal excavation burrows beneath Jerusalem's Dome of the rome, ground sacred to three religions.Jonathan Marcus a young American lawyer and a former doctoral student in classics, has become a sought-after commodity among antiguities dealers. But when he is summoned to Rome to examine a client's fragment of an ancient stone map, he stumbles across a startling secert: a hidden message carved inside the stone itself. The discovery propels him on a perilous journey from the labyrinth beneath the Colosseum to the biblical-era tunnels of Jerusalem in search of a hidden 2,000-year-old artifact sought by empires throughout the ages. As MArcus and a passionate UN preservationist, Dr. Emili Travia, dig more deeply into the past, they're stunned to discover not only an anicent intelligence operation to protect the artifact, but also a ruthless modern plot to destroy all trace of it by a mysterious radical bent on erasing every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from the Temple Mount. With a cutting-edge plot as intricately layered as the ancient sites it explores, The Last Ember is a gripping thriller spanning the high-stakes worlds of archaeology, politics, and terrorism in its portrayal of the modern struggle to define--and redefine--history itself.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
For Buzbee, a former bookseller and publishing rep, time spent in a bookstore is nothing short of sublime. "Standing in the middle of this confluence, I can't help but feel the possibility of the universe unfolding a little, once upon a time," he writes in the opening chapter of this slim, luminous volume. Buzbee manages just the right mix of history lesson and personal recollection. He reflects upon the roots of the book trade (the first great library at Alexandria, where the vast holdings were each hand copied by scribes onto papyrus scrolls); the progression of retail (from simple market stalls to book hawkers to the megastores of today); and his own hours lovingly logged at the literary chain store, Upstart Crow, where, as an eager teenager in San Jose, California, he learned the ins and outs of the business. Bookstores, Buzbee reminds us, are not just places of intellectual indulgence; they're historically significant, too. The celebrated Paris establishment, Shakespeare & Co., was the first to publish James Joyce's Ulysses, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights gave voice to Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Both anecdotal and eloquent, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop is a tribute to those who crave the cozy confines of a bookshop, a place to be "alone among others" and savor a bountiful literary buffet.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
1.) If you don’t frequent your local library, why not?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
- Grab your current read.
- Let the book fall open to a random page.
- Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
- You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
- Please avoid spoilers!
From A GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE by Anna Dean:
I will not suppose for the sake of our cousin's reputation, that she can be his object -- in spite of the look which he gave her as he spoke. But there is no escaping the thought that an unsuitable attachment of his own -- one which his aunt would disapprove, one which might have caused her to disown him -- would also strengthen the case against him: provide, in the eyes of the jury, a reason for his wishing his aunt dead.
This teaser is from a letter Dido is writing to her sister. Set in Regency England, the author's voice is very Jane Austen in language. For some reason, in my mind when I read the character's voice, I hear the actress who played Jane in Pride and Prejudice -- the version with Colin Firth. [pausing a moment to replay the wet shirt scene in memory .... mmmm]
Regarding results from the biopsy -- haven't heard anything yet. Yesterday all test results weren't in; today, no call yet. Perhaps no news is good news, eh? This morning I called the insurance company with a question on one of the statements that are poring in now from the hospital stay and various doctor visits. They answered satisfactorily; they've been a pain about the prescriptions but thank goodness we have it for the other bills. Holy cow.
I don't think anything is truly enticing me to watch tv tonight. Steve has a board meeting; I'll probably have a chance to read.
Yesterday I applied for another job; I won't say more to jinx it other than it's a very good one and it doesn't close until the end of the month.
Not much else going on; same old same old. (sigh)
PK the Bookeemonster
Monday, August 3, 2009
It is Richmond, 1806. Miss Dido Kent has developed rather a taste for mysteries. Having solved the riddle of her niece's missing fiance and the body in the bushes at Belsfield Hall, she is finding her quiet holiday at her cousin Flora's home rather unchallenging to say the least. And Miss Dido Kent is a woman who likes to be challenged. So when a neighbour dies suddenly, leaving her entire estate to her young nephew, Miss Dido can't help but be suspicious. But is her over-active imagination making her look for murder where there is none? When the local doctor pronounces an overdose as the cause of death and publicly accuses the nephew of killing his aunt, Miss Dido feels her inquisitiveness is justified. And when Flora prevails upon her cousin's mystery-solving capabilities to prove the nephew innocent of the crime, Miss Dido can hardly refuse to comply. After all, what harm can a little investigating do? With dirty dealings and death amongst Richmond's upper classes, Miss Dido Kent is ideally placed to observe her neighbours' behaviour, and as she does so, she brings more to light than even she could have imagined.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
When one of her company falls ill on a return journey to Tyndal, Prioress Eleanor accepts lodging at a nearby manor. Master Stevyns' wife is having an affair with the groom while a local widow acts more the lady of the manor than the lady herself. His eldest son and spouse are obsessed with sin and heaven while his youngest son, bound for the Church, unexpectedly returns with more interest in lute playing than the priesthood. It is no surprise when someone's throat is cut, but the sheriff does all he can to avoid offending the family rather than seeking the real killer. When he arrests a servant, she herself is stabbed before she can either prove innocence or be taken off for hanging.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Today's Blog/Website of the Day is Passages to the Past found at http://passagestothepast.blogspot.com/.
I will be starting THE REISLING RETRIBUTION by Ellen Crosby today. Three books came loose from the library -- early, because they're not due to be released from the publisher until Tuesday -- and they will be delivered here shortly .... more on that later. This book is 4th of 4 in series featuring Lucie Montgomery, operating her family’s winery in Virginia. Here is a description:
This book has 272 pages. This is a cozy-ish series but very good actually.When a tornado rips through Montgomery Estate Vineyard, it not only destroys some of Lucie Montgomery's newest grapevines but also unearths a grave in an abandoned field. The discovery sets tongues wagging in the small town of Atoka, Virginia, especially after the police inform Lucie that the odds are good someone in her family is responsible -- possibly for murder. But Lucie has more to worry about than family secrets buried with the victim in her vineyard. Her charming new farm manager clashes constantly with Quinn Santori, her winemaker, and accidents, broken equipment, and injuries fuel the combustible atmosphere around the winery. Lucie's complicated feelings for Quinn -- romantic and professional -- are tested when she learns he may be involved in disturbing activities that could cost him his job. Meanwhile, Lucie has granted permission to a group of Civil War reenactors to use a field near the grave site to stage the local Battle of Ball's Bluff, though she is unsettled by stories of ghosts who still haunt the real battlefield and its cemetery of unknown soldiers. As the day for the reenactment draws near, the ghosts of her own family's past converge for an outcome she could never have anticipated.