Sunday, January 8, 2017

Reading in December 2016


I read seven novels in December.

I read one book for the Sci-Fi Experience, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. That was The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, an alternative history set in 1962 after Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II. Although I have planned to read this book for a long time, I was motivated to read it at this time because I have been watching the TV adaptation produced by Amazon Studios.

I will have more to say about the book in a future post but I can say the book was stunning, although it was not what I expected, especially based on the TV episodes. Having read this book, I want to try more of Philip K. Dick's novels and also his short stories.


As usual, most of my reading during the month was crime fiction. Here's the list:
  • Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods:  Quoting from The Black Female Detective in Mystery Literature at Martin Hill Ortiz's blog:  "Misogyny and racial tension are up-front and center as Det. Justice is plunged into the midst of the "Rodney King" riots and becomes involved in solving the mystery of who killed the man who killed her husband and child. The internal politics and prejudices of the LAPD make a formidable, albeit uncomfortable, backdrop to the novel which went on to win the Macavity Award and spawned three sequels."
  • Christmas is Murder by C. S. Challinor:  A contemporary country-house mystery, set at Christmas. Review HERE.
  • Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Kyle:  This is the book I read for the Crimes of the Century meme for December, hosted at Past Offences. Published in 1960. Review HERE.
  • Cursed to Death by Bill Crider:  The 3rd mystery to feature Dan Rhodes, Sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas. It was published in 1988. Review HERE
  • Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson:  This is the start of a series starring Charles Boxer, former homicide detective who has becom a kidnap consultant. Set in London. The mechanics of the business of kidnap response is interesting. 
  • The Alamut Ambush by Anthony Price:  The 2nd book in the Dr. David Audley series, published in 1971. Audley features in some way in each book, but some of the books are from the viewpoint of other characters who work with Audley. This time Squadron Leader Hugh Roskill is at the forefront.




8 comments:

  1. That's a nice list, Tracy. And sometimes, it can be a really good thing to have a book experience that isn't what you expected - especially if it's a stunner.

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    1. Thanks, Margot. December was a lovely reading month.

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  2. Tracy, you ended the year with some great books. I'm going to pick up an Anthony Price on my next visit to the book exhibition.

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    1. I hope you do find an Anthony Price book, Prashant. I want to see what you think of his writing.

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  3. Interesting books, you read, Tracy. I have heard a lot about Philip K. Dick but have read only one story of his. I really want to read more of him.

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    1. I have heard that Philip K. Dick's short stories are very good, neer, and he wrote a lot of them. I am going to be looking for some of his short stories and some other novels.

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    1. Yes, Moira, there were some good reads here for the end of the year. And now I am finally reading another book by Agatha Christie.

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