We do not know why, Fellow Readers, we have the Bon Jovi song “Livin’ on a Prayer” stuck in our head for Week 6 of our Summer Reading shindig (“Whoa–we’re halfway there!”), seeing as how we are actually two-thirds of the way to the finish line. Probably because we have always sucked at math. (We are not proud of this–and we certainly do not think we are to pretty to do it.) Anyway, here we are at Week 6, and Gogol has done his Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Moe thing, and the tiger he caught by the toe this week is 2beornot2be for her review of David Stuart Davies’ book The Scroll of the Dead:
An amazing tale of adventure and history all wrapped into 172 pages of Sherlock Holmes. The great detective and his assistant Dr. Watson. This time they’re after a thief/murder looking for eternal life in the way the Ancient Egyptians did. I couldn’t be more happy to read yet another book dealing with Ancient Egypt. I LOVE IT!
Is it just us, or does anyone else immediately think of Steve Martin’s Saturday Night Live song “King Tut” whenever Ancient Egypt is mentioned? (“Born in Arizona / Got a condo made of stone-a / King Tut!”) Congratulations, 2beornot2be, on winning the $20 gift card to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Mission Inn Avenue! (We <3 Beth and all the friendly staff at the CBTL whose enthusiasm for the RPL Summer Reading Program makes us want to shout. So if you’d like some company, 2beornot2be, when you go to redeem your prize, you know where we work. We usually take our lunch around noonish.)
Okay, we may be the only “King Tut” nut, but we KNOW we are not the only summertime philistine in this group as evidenced by techia1‘s review of the Charlaine Harris book Grave Sight:
I had previously determined to take a break from Charlaine Harris and to devote my personal reading to quality literature that would improve the mind. But, who was I kidding? I love to read paranormal romance. And if the sexy female lead is in a position to solve a little crime, all the better. I’ll be reading more garbage in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. (I should probably point out that this mystery was terribly easy to solve and therefore not very satisfying, but after such a long hiatus I was ready to forgive a little predictability.)
Thank you, techia1. Safety in numbers.
P.S. We have added “Romance–Paranormal” as a genre selection now.
Boneshaker is a steampunk zombie novel set in a dystopian Civil War-era America. The novel has great atmosphere and elaborate settings, however the characters were a little one dimensional. The novel tends to drag in the middle, leading up to a hasty finish and several loose ends. Some character fates are unknown; reasons and motivations remain unclear. I did enjoy the novel, as the author has a great style of writing and good ability to describe imaginative surroundings, however I was left with the feeling of wanting more. This would be good for fans of steampunk who are looking for a light read.
We are still trying to reconcile “a steampunk zombie novel set in a dystopian Civil War-era America” and “looking for a light read”–which means this novel jumped to the top of our Must Read list.
We wanted SO MUCH to add “American Muscle Cars” as a genre thanks to love2read‘s review of Muscle Cars: The Legend Lives On:
Who wouldn’t love this book full of pictures with detailed information on American Muscle Cars!
But in the end we knew we could not justify it. In the same way we knew we could not justify “Clint Eastwood-worthy” and “Chuck Norris Would Approve.”
Finally, a huge shoutout to happyface1 for making us do our hyena-laugh with the review for 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer:
This book has a lot of good advice on setting priorities and boundaries. However, 100 ways is too many options when I am trying to simplify. It was hard to stay motivated to read the book.
Right??? You are my new BFF, happyface1.
Until next week—Happy Reading!