What We've

Read/Are Reading Recently At Our House

I’ve added this page to my website in response to a newspaper article I recently read. It concerned a young man in high school who wondered why he had to study English Literature, because what use was it to him, as his goal was to be a computer game designer. The computer game designer in our family has a graduate degree in English. The point being: even the most basic shoot-whatever-moves computer game has to have a story to be minimally interesting. There needs to be a plot and there have to be constraints that need to be overcome. I have always read voraciously. I have earned the rare privilege of having my books and short stories published, with several translated for sale in countries around the world. This list is to let all would-be writers and computer game designers know what a professional writer (and spouse) are currently reading. (List started fall 2012)

 

Title

Author

* Rating

Killing Rocks
DD Barant
****
Death Blows:The Bloodhound Files
DD Barant
****
Better Off Undead:The Bloodhound Files
DD Barant
***1/2
High Country
Nevada Barr
****
Borderline
Nevada Barr
****
Endangered Species
Nevada Barr
****
A Fine and Private Place
Peter S. Beagle
*****
The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche
Peter S. Beagle
***
Secondhand Charm
Julie Berry
***
Heartless
Gail Carriger
****
Timeless
Gail Carriger
****
Blameless
Gail Carriger
****
The "Foreigner" Series (up to book 12)
C.J. Cherryh
***1/2
Ground Ties ('NetWalkers:Original Series)
C.J. Cherryh
Back Spin (Myron Bolitar)
Harlan Coben
***1/2
The Final Detail (Martin Bolitar)
Harlan Coben
*****
Tell No One
Harlan Coben
***1/2
Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar)
Harlan Coben
*****
Deal Breaker (The First Myron Bolitar....)
Harlan Coben
*****
Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar Mysteries)
Harlan Coben
****
Gone For Good
Harlan Coben
***1/2
Fade Away
Harlan Coben
*****
Confined Space
Deryn Collier
 
The Mockingjay (The Final...Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins
***
Catching Fire (#2 of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins
***
The Damage Done
Hilary Davidson
 
The Next One To Fall
Hilary Davidson
 
The Whim of the Dragon (Secret Country)
Pamela Dean
 
The Hidden Land (Secret Country)
Pamela Dean
 
Silas Marner
George Eliot
***
The Best Laid Plans
Terry Fallis
****
Canada
Richard Ford
 
City of Dark Magic
Magnus Flyte
***1/2
This is our Faith Gallagher, Trenchard, John, McGreavy
****
Written in Blood
Caroline Graham
**1/2
Murder at Madingley Grange
Caroline Graham
****1/2
Faithful Unto Death
Caroline Graham
*****
A Place of Safety
Caroline Graham
*****
Death in Disguise
Caroline Graham
*****
The Killings at Badger's Drift
Caroline Graham
*****
A Ghost in the Machine
Caroline Graham
*****
A Free Man of Color
Barbara Hambly
****1/2
Stranger At The Wedding
Barbara Hambly
****
The Ladies of Madrigyn: The Sun Wolf and
Barbara Hambly
*****
Dog Wizard: The Windrose Chronicles #3)
Barbara Hambly
*****
The Silent Tower: The Windrose...#1)
Barbara Hambly
The Silicon Mage: The Windrose...#2)
Barbara Hambly
The Dark Hand of Magic: The Sun and...#3)
Barbara Hambly
*****
The Witches of Wenshar: The Sun and...#2)
Barbara Hambly
****
Knight of the Demon Queen
Barbara Hambly
****
Dragonsbane
Barbara Hambly
****
Dragonstar (4th and last in series)
Barbara Hambly
****
Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse.
Charlaine Harris
****
Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse..
Charlaine Harris
****
Pale Demon
Kim Harrison
***
The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows...)
Kim Harrison
***
The Good, The Bad, and the Undead: ...#2
Kim Harrison
***
For a Few Demons More (The Hollows...)
Kim Harrison
***
A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows...)
Kim Harrison
***
Dead Witch Walking
Kim Harrison
****
Late Nights on Air
Elizabeth Hay
****
Step-by-Step Jewelry Workshop
Nicola Hearst
*****
Midnight Fugue
Reginald Hill
*****
A Memory of Light (Book 14 and the final volume of the Wheel of Time) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
*****
The Brain Vault (Stephanie Chalice...#3)
Lawrence Kelter
*
Ransom Beach (Stephanie Chalice Mystrie#2)
Lawrence Kelter
Don't Close Your Eyes
Lawrence Kelter
Essex County (Collected) Graphic novel tilogy + extras
Jeff Lemire
****
Beastly Things: A Commissioner Guido Novel
Donna Leon
***1/2
Dressed for Death (Brunetti Mysteries)
Donna Leon
****
The Forgotten Garden

Kate Morton

***

The Butterfly's Daughter

Alice Munroe

****1/2

The False Princess
Ellis O'Neil
***
Unwanted: A Novel
Kristina Ohlsson
Grave Witch
Kalanya Price
***
Grave Memory: An Alex Croft Novel
Kalanya Price
****
Grave Dance : An Alex Craft Novel
Kalanya Price
****
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld)
Terry Prachett
*****
Maskerade
Terry Pratcett
*****
Thud
Terry Prachett
*****
Witches Abroad
Terry Prachett
*****
Once Bitten
Kalanya Price
***1/2
Mistress of Nothing 
Kate Pullinger
**1/2
Abducted (The Lizzy Gardner Series)
T.R.Ragan
Hide and Seek
Ian Rankin
***
Knots and Crosses
Ian Rankin
***
Swallowdale (read aloud by Welwyn to Greg)
Arthur Ransome
*****
Break No Bones
Kathy Reichs
***
A New Lease of Death (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
*****
A New Lease on Life (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
*****
Put on By Cunning (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
*****
Shake Hands Forever (A Wexford Case)
Ruth Rendell
*****
From Doon With Death
Ruth Rendell
The Veiled One (Inspector Wexford)
Ruth Rendell
****
Not in the Flesh
Ruth Rendell
*****
The Workbench Design Book
Christopher Shwarz
*****
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
*****
Magic Below Stairs
Caroline Stevermer
**1/2
Four Thrillers by Lisa Unger
Lisa Unger
 
Sell Your Jewelry: How to Start a Jewelry.
Stacey Vander Pol
***1/2
Among Others
Jo Walton
*****
The Lyra Novels (Shadow Magic)
Patricia C. Wrede
****
The Far West (Frontier Magic)
Patricia C. Wrede
***1/2
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic)
Patricia C. Wrede
***
Across the Great Barrier
Patricia C. Wrede
***1/2

Conrad's Fate

Diana Wynne Jones

****

 

 

     
     
     

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