Feb. 12th, 2009

Book post.

Feb. 12th, 2009 12:57 pm
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I think I'm missing a couple, because I forgot to write things down, and discovered that my library hasn't been tracking my checkout history.

16. The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani. Picked this one up from the library after taking a course on AIDS for my counseling license. Very rambly sort of book, but it provides an interesting "insider" viewpoint on how large governmental bodies are dealing with AIDS.

17. Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer by Susan Scott and Christopher Duncan. This is the book that [livejournal.com profile] cadhla/[livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire mentions when she talks about her song about the Black Death, and how it probably wasn't caused by bubonic plague. The book makes for fascinating and scary reading. Highly recommended to anyone fascinated with diseases and their impact.

18. The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente. I've been meaning to read this one for ages, not least due to the previous volume helping me deal with a visit to my mom's house. I'm still delighted by how well [livejournal.com profile] s00j's songs captured various bits of the book, without being spoilery for the whole story. I liked the ending, and definitely need to re-read both volumes of The Orphan's Tales back to back sometime. I know there were interconnections I was missing because it has been so long since I read the first book.

19. Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper
20. Out of the Shadows by Kay Hooper
21. Hiding in the Shadows by Kay Hooper
22. Touching Evil by Kay Hooper
23. Whisper of Evil by Kay Hooper
24. Sense of Evil by Kay Hooper
25. Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper
All of the above are part of the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. They tend to be organized into trilogies, though as a rule you don't have to read them in any particular order. So far the only one I'm missing is the first book of the first trilogy, which I haven't read yet. I highly recommend them as good thriller novels, where there's romance but not much in the way of explicit sex scenes, if you prefer to avoid those. I like her characters and her plots. Her villians are often a surprise, and her ways of portraying people who have "special abilities" is something I find especially satisfying about her novels.

Currently reading: Chill of Fear by Kay Hooper


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