Friday, September 03, 2010

Nearly another year has come and gone

Nearly a full year has past since I last posted on this blog. And although I've still been reading many of your blogs, I haven't been too active in the blogging community. With a one year old running around, my time management has been a bit one-sided. I've been reading, and reading a lot, over the past year. Mostly mysteries still, but littered with some history, travel and a couple bios. I'm still on a Sherlock Holmes kick (just finished A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullum,) but have also tasted my first Jo Nesbo, the entire Stieg Larsson trilogy and today I began Nicola Upson's An Expert in Murder. I can't wait to begin sharing my thoughts on my daily reads and hope that you'll attempt to tune in again.


Danielle said...

I don't know how anyone with a toddler gets to do much of anything, so it's good you've at least been able to read! I loved the first Jo Nesbo book I read, The Redbreast and have wanted to read the rest of the books but can't seem to get around to it! I know not everyone liked the Upson book but I really liked it--loved how she created a convincing atmosphere for the period and am looking forward to read her next book. I've as yet to get to the Stieg Larsson books, but I will eventually. Hopefully you'll have more time to blog again! And mysteries are great when you are busy with family and other things--quick, entertaining reads!

Liquid Thoughts said...

I love Nesbo's Harry Hole. However, The Redeemer's is a bit too choppy and confusing for me.

And although I read all three of the Larsson books, I had a lot of problems with them too. Enjoyable, but certainly didn't live up to the hype.

I am really enjoying the Upson book thus far. Only about 50 pages in, but it's been great. I love the inter-war years, especially in the hands of gifted writer. Since I haven't read too many novels that take place in the 1920s or 1930s, so far, the book kind of reminds me of Jacqueline Winspear/Maisie Dobbs book.

Danielle said...

Too bad about the Redeemer, but I've heard his newest (or most recently translated into English), The Snowman is really good. I love that interwar period as well--the whole Gold Age of detective fiction actually. I read somewhere that Stieg Larsson died before he could do serious editing on the books--(I've heard other readers criticize the writing), but maybe he makes up for it in other ways?

Mike B. said...

I would recommend Larsson's books still. They're enjoyable and won't take too long to get through them. And I don't think all the hype is fair to Larsson. No one can live up to all of that. I do look forward to the next book in the series (which was unfinished at the time of his death) regardless of anything else.

Same goes for Nesbo. Good series. Just not great.