So, here's my latest 3 book post. First up, The Whisperers by John Connolly. I'm pinching Amazon's synopsis of this today:
The last Charlie Parker book I read, The Lovers, was concerned with his background and childhood. In The Whisperers we're back to crime solving and more weirdness than you can shake a stick at. I don't mind, I'll take anything when it comes to Parker, Connolly doesn't write a bad book 'ever' and this series just gets on getting better and better. There's detail about the Iraq war in this, some of it, such as details of torture methods, is hard to take, some of it deals with the way soldiers were treated when they got home. All of it I found imformative and interesting. This is one of the things I love about John Connolly's writing. It's a treat for people like me who love weird fiction but you never fail to learn all kinds of fascinating facts and that suits someone as nerdy as me too. My only worry about this series is that The Whisperers is book 9 and I only have 2 more after that. Oh, heck. I just hope Connolly plans to write more in this series, I can't stand the thought of life without a Charlie Parker book to read.
Next up, Death Without Company by Craig Johnson:
Oh, how much I love this new (to me) series. I read the first one several months ago, and enjoyed it very much once I got past a bit of a slow start. This one was like revisiting an old friend and I think that's because the various characters are so real with very human quirks and peculiarities. I love Henry Standing Bear, the dialogue between him and Walt is at times hilarious. But everyone in it, Vic the deputy, Ruby the secretary, Dorothy in the local café, and so on, all are very well drawn. I laughed a lot, the humour is dry and dialogue based and suits me down to the ground, (John Connolly's Charlie Parker books have the same knack). Add to that the superb descriptions of the area of Wyoming where this series is set and these books are onto a winner for me. There are loads more to read and I, happily, have 2 more on my tbr shelf.
Lastly, My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding:
Anyway, this is her autobiogrpahy. Clare was born into a family that trains race horses, the Queen keeps her horses with them for instance. From the start she always felt herself to be rather a disappointment to her family, her grandmother especially, mostly because she was 'just a girl'. Basically, it seemed that in the minds of her parents it was the horses that came first, followed by the dogs, and then the children. This could've been a depressing book, given that Clare was perfectly aware of this, but it's not. She had her animals, various horses and dogs that she loved, an indomitable spirit, she accepted reality for what it was, and just got on with it. Her escapades make for fun reading, she was quite a handful as a girl... (and no wonder!) And always she's honest and straightforward about what she feels are her shortcomings. For the reader it's quite obvious why she was a bit naughty as a child and why she struggled at first at her private school. It's impossible not to read this and feel sad for her, but also to have huge admiration for her spirit and determination to succeed, ignoring the comments and actions of others. This book made me love her even more to be honest. It's very horsey and I'm not, but that didn't matter in the slightest, it's just a darn good autobiographical read.