Today, I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve participated in Friday Finds, one of several weekly events sponsored by MizB. So this will incorporate a couple of weeks “finds”.
I’ll start with last week or perhaps it was the week before that, when an octogenarian that I know recommended a series by George P. Pelecanos, a crime novelist, who also has written teleplays for HBO’s The Wire. This past week, I read the first book in the series, Right As Rain, and here is my review.
Then last weekend, my brother-in-law brought me a few books to borrow, which he thought I might enjoy. Either I had previously mentioned them to him or he thought it was a book I would enjoy. The three books are:
- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore: I have not read any of his books, but I have skimmed through Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff’s, Christ’s Childhood Pal, which I also purchased for a friend who just graduated from seminary.
- The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett, which is a part of his DiscWorld series: My wife is enjoying it immensely. She says it reminds her of Douglas Adams, which to my way of thinking isn’t a bad thing at all. My brother-in-law, who enjoyed Good Omens by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, said he thought this was a little too weird for him and had to put it down after a few pages. I also read Good Omens, which I loved, and am looking forward to reading Pratchett on his own.
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon: My sister loves Chabon, who also wrote Wonder Boys, and my brother-in-law is a huge comic book fan. I also have been getting into graphic novels, so he thought this would be “up my alley.”
Last, but not least, I want to mention a nonfiction book to which I had been introduced about a month ago, I guess, through several blogs, including Jessica @ The Bluestocking Society, called Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway.
I was recently reintroduced to it when I participated in this past week’s Weekly Geeks in which we were to partner up with other book bloggers and ask each other questions about books we read. The person who was my partner, Nicole @ Linus’s Blanket, had recently read Monique and the Mango Rains, so I asked her questions about them. For her review, based on my questions, and then a bonus, my half-hearted review of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, based on her questions, click HERE.