Saturday, December 21, 2013

Books #35 #36 #37 #38 #39

I've been on a roll with thriller, good guys vs bad guys, repeat authors's the latest reads:

Book # 35 - Private OZ by James Patterson and Michael White  - some of the reviews I read criticized that the story is based in Australia but uses more American terminology than Australian (such as Fahrenheit vs. Celsius).  Look, I'm an American living in Australian, and I float between American English and Australian English all the time (that thing in the corner to throw things away? - sometimes I call it the trash can, sometimes the rubbish bin, sometimes it merges into trash bin or rubbish can). The story itself was fast-paced, a quick read, and a decent book. 

Book # 36 - Private Berlin by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan - another fast-paced, quickly read book that contributes to James Patterson's fortunes.  I'm not sure I cared about any of the characters, but the maze of the thriller story was a decent read.

Book # 37 - Cross My Heart by James Patterson - the Alex Cross books are still my favorites of James Patterson, and the only ones (of the thrillers) that he actually writes himself.  I've always liked the dynamics of the Cross family, the villains he presents, and the stories he creates in this series.  This one did not disappoint, and left the reader on a note where you know more is to come.

Book # 38 - Unseen by Karin Slaughter - as for thriller writers, Karin Slaughter is a personal fave.  I enjoy her characters so much - they are dirtier, darker, and/or more complex than say, a James Patterson character.  Right and wrongs; good and evil isn't always so clear which makes for interesting characters and stories.  She always leaves me wanting more.  Always. 

Book # 39 - Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - This book takes us back to the Bennett family series (I think there's been 4 or 5 previous ones).  You know, I'm not the biggest fan of the main character, but the stories are pretty darn good.  I like the ruthless drug cartel villain in this book, so it was again...a fast-paced, quick read. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Thoughts # 5 - Quotes

I've got a guest post on someone else's blog - I feel pretty special that she thought to ask me to do it - so go check it out here:

quirky pickings