Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What's on My Nightstand

So, I'm going to join a new monthly blog carnival (that starts today) called "What's on Your Nightstand." Basically, it's a chance to talk about books. It takes place on (or around) the last Tuesday of the Month. Sounds right up my alley. And if it is right up your alley as well, you can go here and check out the initial post.

I am currently just under half way through A Watery Grave by Joan Druett. I stumbled on it when I was returning a CD to the library last week. It's set on an exploritary voyage that the US sent to the southern hemisphere in 1838. And yes, it is a mystery (I read lots of those). In this case, a member of the company's wife died right before the expedition set out under mysterious circumstances. Yet the events seem to be following the crew on the first leg of their voyage.

I am quite intrigued by the story and can't wait to find out where it all goes. I like the main character who is half New Zealander and half American. And the ship board setting is a definite plus.

The author loves her sea history, and it shows. Unfortunately, it's also the only downfall for me. At times, she laspes into jargon I don't know what means. And there is no definition of the terms in the book. Additionally, these details occasionally slow down the story, like the chapter I read yesterday about firing canons. Maybe that will come into play, but for now it seemed out of place.

On the whole I am enjoying the book. It is the first in the series, and I can see myself getting another one from the library.

Also on my nightstand is It Happened on Knife, the second book set in a comedy theater and written by Jeffrey Cohen. It's been there all month. I'll either read it next or reread Romana the Pest.

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Unknown said...

So glad you joined us!

Have you read Thunderstruck? My husband read it, and I think it's about a boat, and somewhat of a mystery.

Wow--you're quite the amazon reviewer. I love to read the reviews, and written a few as well (but I'm not quite as prolific as you). I was recently asked to be a part of The Vine, and that's a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

ooohhh! I like this.

And you like mysteries, so I'm hoping for some good ideas! :)

Mark Baker said...

Jennifer, I'll have to keep that recommendation in mind.

Zach, Just stayed tuned and pay attention to my side bar to see what I'm currently reading.