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September books 
2nd-Oct-2005 08:55 am
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70. Salvation on Sand Mountain / Dennis Covington (9/1; non-fiction)
71. Rituals of the Season / Margaret Maron (9/6; fiction)
72. To play the Fool / Laurie R. King (9/9; fiction)
73. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time : a novel / Mark Haddon (9/23; fiction)
74. With Child / Laurie R. King (9/29; fiction)

Salvation on Sand Mountain was actually for school, but I read the whole thing instead of the couple chapters assigned, because I'm a geek like that. It adresses snake-handlers in the Deep South, starting with a murder trial. The journalist who covers the trial gets interested in the handlers, then becomes invovled in the churches themselves. It was a quick read, and highly interesting if you're into stuff like this.

Rituals of the Season was the continuing adventures of Judge Deborah Knott, one of my favorite mystery herorines. This one was definitely more novel than mystery in tone, and that suited me just fine. It was also a fast read. These books aren't anything earth-shattering, but they're not precisely fluff either - they're just good books, fun to read, and with a great ability to make you care about the people in them.

To Play the Fool and With Child were the next two books in the Kate Martinelli series, by Laurie King, the same author who writes continuing adventures of Sherlock Holmes. These books are much more serious mysteries than the Deborah Knott books, but still with the same capacity to make you care more about the people than the mystery. "Fool" also address fringe religiousity and church history, which is always interesting to me, and thus was an added bonus. The next book in the series waiting for me at the library. I will slurp it down whole and then gnash my teeth until she writes another. The last one was written in 2000, so maybe it'll be soon.

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time was the book club book for the month, which I actually finished on time, for once (I'm still ever so slowly reading Jonathon Strange and Mister Norrell.) This is written from the point of view of a 15 year old autistic boy obstensibly solving a mystery about a dog who, in the end, solves some mysteries about himself and his family. It was an interesting read, and well done, and I'm glad I read it (and got to see what all the hype was about) but it won't be a read and reread kind of book.
Comments 
2nd-Oct-2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
I do not see how in the world you find the time, attention and eyes to read fun stuff in additon to all your school stuff. Amazing. But, the main reason for this comment is thanks for reminding me about Margaret Maron! I haven't read her stuff in a long time and am not sure how she fell off my radar. Thanks to you she's back on now.
2nd-Oct-2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
I have to read fun stuff, or I go nuts. Reading for me is like breathing. If I don't read for pleasure, I get really grumpy and hard to be around. :) This was actually a pretty light month, because of school.

And I love Margaret Maron. She is, hands down, one of my favorite authors.
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