“4 books read”
“4 books behind schedule”
That’s what Goodreads told me when I went on last night.
I’d been using the site for a brief glance at blurbs and genres, but have mostly stopped using Goodreads. Occasionally I’d drop a review down (when there was one), but it’d been a long time since I last sat and looked through the website. I knew I was behind because I’d been bogged down by work in the last few months, but 4 books is a lot of books for someone whose brain maxes out at 3 a month.
I figured, time to crank down and read. No time like the present time, right?
by G.R. Morris
The first book I wanted to get into is Tomorrow’s End, a giveaway book I’d won. I was in the middle of a sci-fi phase when I saw this book and was in a gods, angels, heroes, and prophesies craze so here’s to hoping to book satisfies that very specific itch of mine that even I can’t identify.
Do you have free will?
He never asked to be a hero, but the universe didn’t give him a choice.
Kevin Knight never wanted to be the one to save the galaxy. But when tragedy upends his life and demonic forces steal his soul, the fate of time and space are sealed. Until a scaly, trench-coat-clad alien appears and gives him a glimpse into the true nature of all things.
Astounded, Kevin learns the world he knows is merely an illusion created by alien beings who control humanity’s every move. With an invasion imminent, he must defeat the blackness and perfect his powers before the bloody battle begins.
Which prophecy will Kevin fulfill… the one of darkness or the one of light?
by Atul Gawande
A lovely gift from Jenny over at JENJENREVIEWS (thank you!) I rarely read nonfictions, but I came across this one when watching a documentary (also called “Being Mortal“) and I was drawn towards it because death is something I’ve always thought about and Atul’s documentary really spoke to me. I figured his book would too.
In Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.
Dome City Blues
by Jeff Edwards
This book has been sitting in my shelf forever. It’s another giveaway book that I received and then lost during a major move (to another city). It popped up (again during another move this time even further away). I’ve already read the first few pages and it’s looking like a pretty good read so far. Too bad, when I come across a highly anticipated read, I tend to leave it for last because I want to be extra cozy and prepared to read it. I can’t be the only one who does this right???
For fans of William Gibson, Phillip K. Dick, and Jak Koke…
Los Angeles: 2063
David Stalin was one of the best detectives in the business, running head-to-head with data-jackers, organ thieves, and the tech-enhanced gangs who ruled the shadowy streets of Los Angeles. He could do no wrong, until what seemed like an easy case got out of control, and left his wife dead among the abandoned ruins of old LA.
After four years of self-imposed retirement, David suddenly finds himself back on the job, struggling to unravel a crime far worse than murder. This time, he’s not the hunter. As he’s about to discover, the past isn’t finished with him yet.
I’ve slowly started to collect physical Sandford books alongside my Kindle ones. Deadline, Shadow Prey, and Ocean Prey are my latest purchases (separately) for this series while Buried Prey has been there forever. Since I already read both the Prey and Virgil Flowers series out of order, it’s all good with me (though I intend to reread everything in order in the future). I’m hoping to pick a month this year just for these books.
Despite being one of my favorite authors, I still have a good ton of his books I have yet to read because I keep treating them as my “in between treats” or my go-to books if I was truly in a major slump. Sandford is like…my emergency having-a-good-time ration 😂
It’s Virgil Flowers! And this is one of the thrilling novels in the #1 “New York Times” bestselling series.
In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to a personnel issue. “Issue” is the correct word. It’s also an understatement. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is unanimous, five to zero in favor.
Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier—a team of dognappers supplying medical labs—when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found—and the victim is a local reporter!
Blurb: Buried Prey
A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they’ve been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.
In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls’ disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn’t just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.
Blurb: Shadow Prey
The #1 New York Times bestselling series. Lucas Davenport goes on a city-to-city search for a bizarre ritualistic killer.
A slumlord and a welfare supervisor butchered in Minneapolis . . . a rising political star executed in Manhattan . . . an influential judge taken in Oklahoma City . . . All the homicides have the same grisly method — the victim’s throat is slashed with an Indian ceremonial knife – and in every case the twisted trail leads back through the Minnesota Native American community to an embodiment of primal evil known as Shadow Love. Once unleashed, Shadow Love’s need to kill cannot be checked, even by those who think they control him. Soon he will be stalking Lucas Davenport — and the woman he loves…
Never get involved with a cop: Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has been warning women for years, but now he finds himself on dangerous ground with a policewoman named Lily Rothenburg, on assignment from New York to help investigate the murders. Both have previous commitments, but neither can stop, and as their affair grows more intense, so too does the mayhem surrounding them, until the combined passion and violence threaten to spin out of control and engulf them both. Together, Lucas and Lily must stalk the drugged-out, desperate world of the city’s meanest streets to flush out Shadow Love — not knowing they are now the objects of his deadliest desires….
Blurb: Ocean Prey
An off-duty Coast Guardsman is fishing with his family when he calls in some suspicious behavior from a nearby boat. It’s a snazzy craft, slick and outfitted with extra horsepower, and is zipping along until it slows to pick up a surfaced diver . . . a diver who was apparently alone, without his own boat, in the middle of the ocean. None of it makes sense unless there’s something hinky going on, and his hunch is proved right when all three Guardsmen who come out to investigate are shot and killed.
They’re federal officers killed on the job, which means the case is the FBI’s turf. When the FBI’s investigation stalls out, they call in Lucas Davenport. And when his case turns lethal, Davenport will need to bring in every asset he can claim, including a detective with a fundamentally criminal mind: Virgil Flowers.