As you’ve heard, I like to read a lot, and I read just about all kinds of books. I have a bad habit of reading long into the night, and am quite tempted during the day to break for a bit of reading. You could almost say I read eight days a week. I can’t, it’s impossible, but it can feel that way sometimes, especially when you’ve read late into the night and are zombie like the next day. Time seems to drag, and the day seems longer, which may make for a long week.
Last time we met, I had mentioned that I had finished reading “Bad Radio” by Michael Langlois. Funny thing language, it tends to define how you read other’s names, when I first looked a the book, I read Michel Langlois, a good French Canadian name, but then I looked at it again, and saw that Michel was indeed Michael, and he appears to be an English bloke from the US. Reminds me to go back to that thought of not speed reading, you assume too much.
Bad Radio was one of those books where the blurb you read about it doesn’t tell you very much, and the cover image even less. I’m not sure what I expected when i decided on this book, but I sure wasn’t disappointed. It’s a supernatural thriller, but not in the way of the ones you’ve heard of lately, it’s not a case of vampires, or werewolves. This is a supernatural thriller of eternal youth brought on by aliens. So, a sci-fi/fantasy book with evil monsters from outer space.
And it’s a good one. Abe is the main character given eternal youth during the second world war, although it’s not clear if he’s truly eternal, or maybe just having a very slow aging process. After the war, he continues to live with his wife, has no children, and tries to keep himself removed from society, lest his secret be revealed. Having outlived his wife, he’s on the verge of ending it all before he outlives everyone. Then history comes back to haunt him, and he’s forced to face those same demons he once faced during the war, to finally bring an end to the creature that escaped him then.
Its one of those books you wonder at, what else could this author come out with, and when can I get my hands on it. Soon, very soon indeed.
But I also read a different sort of book, one called “Final Arrangements” and I have to admit it was a spur of the moment thing to pick it up, and it was picked up because I needed something out of the ordinary to read. For someone who reads a lot, it can be easy to find yourself in a rut, reading the same types of books all the time, so you have to occasionally look for something different. Final Arrangements by Donna Huston Murray definitely fits into that category for me.
The book starts off quite slowly, though it is a murder mystery, you don’t really get enough of a glimpse into the victim. You hardly get to know anything about her, other than she bullies the protagonist for the few pages she is present for, and then she is killed. Another issue is the general pace of the book. It seems to plod for almost half of the book before anything really happens. It’s slower than I’m accustomed to when reading mystery novels, but I suppose that’s not a reason not to like a book. Except it almost caused me to put it down.
In the long run, I’m glad I held out and continued reading. The characters may have not been fully developed, but their situations proved to be believable and involved. These things could happen to anyone, and felt real, so I found myself rooting for them in spite of myself. I wouldn’t call it an amazing book, but it was definitely a good read. I do have one big problem though, any good mystery will lead you on with some misdirection, until finally revealing the truth, but this one leave out bits and pieces that would have made it better, and possible, for the reader to solve the mystery.
I’ll be back again in a little while when I finish reading “Noble Beginnings” by LT Ryan. It’s a cia/military mystery thriller, and so far, I’m enjoying the twists and turns.