Tuesday, December 06, 2011
My October Reads
And here are October's books.
All ratings are on a scale from 1 (bad) to 5 (great).
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain - 4
A fun trip down the Mississippi with Huck Finn and run away slave Jim. It's very episodic in nature, but still a fun read.
HEAT RISES by Richard Castle - 5
The third Nikki Heat book finds Nikki investigating the case of a priest found murdered in a bondage club. I found the tie ins with the TV show to be the funniest so far and the mystery was quite good. Yes, the book is still overwritten at times, but this was the best in the series so far.
A CASE OF HOMETOWN BLUES by W. S. Gager - 4
Reporter Mitch Malone goes home to against his better judgment, and that night his high school crush is killed. Why? And might it tie in to other tragedies from his past? The plot is compelling, although a bit uneven at times. Still, another good read. Again, I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
NERDS 3: THE CHEERLEADERS OF DOOM by Michael Buckley - 4
Matilda is ordered undercover to find out who is robbing other dimensions and stop them before the space time continuum collapses. The problem? She has to become the thing she hates - a cheerleader. A fun sci-fi/spy book for kids that was weaken by a climax that felt too abrupt.
NAUGHTY IN NICE by Rhys Bowen - 4
Lady Georgiana manages to get invited to winter in the French Riviera in exchange for finding a snuff box stolen from the queen. But then another robbery and a murder complicate matters. As is usual with the series, the plot took forever to get going, but once it did, it proved to be lots of fun.
DOG ON IT by Spencer Quinn - 4
Chet and Bernie attempt to track down a girl that has been kidnapped. Unless she ran away. What makes this series unique is that it is told from the point of view of Chet, a dog. That was mostly cute, although occasionally it fell flat. The plot could have used some rearranging as well, but overall I enjoyed it.