Books Read in 2006
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Ice Hunt - James Rollins
Not as enjoyable as his first book I read (Amazonia) but decent.
Gone Baby Gone - Dennis Lehane
It was okay but the way the writing jumped between perspectives was not done well at all. The characters were pretty good but not stellar. It was an "eh" book.
The Courage Tree - Diane Chamberlain
Sort of okay read. I'm not sure why I didn't like it though. I wanted to like the characters and believe in them but just couldn't quite get there. The plot wasn't too bad but....there just wasn't something there. Janine, oneof the main characters was just sort of flat when she had the potential to be so vibrant and THERE. I didn't even like Lucas's character and he was the most interesting out of all of them.
In The Cut - Susanna Moore
Eh. Pretty hot sex scenes though.
Cell - Stephen King
OH was I disappointed in this book. I read it because I love apocolyptic stories so very much but my God. He just rewrote The Stand with some of the major details and characters changed. There were so many parallels and similarities in the plotline that my head about exploded. Damn it. I wanted something FRESH. It was a great main concept but still, too much like The Stand for me to love it unreservedly.
Life Expectancy - Dean Koontz
Hmm. It was different and very much a Dean Koontz novel. It was pretty entertaining.
The Mephisto Club - Tess Gerritsen
First audiobook that I've listened to in a very, very long time. I had a bit of an issue with the reader's voice, wasn't sure I liked it or her style but it ended up being okay. The narrator pronounces the room just like my Gram used to do: "rhum" which in itself was a distraction because the word "room" occurs a LOT in this book. The book itself was pretty interesting. The only reason I picked it up was because it was one of the few selections of books on cd at my local library. I'm glad I did but sort of bummed that there are 5 other books written previously with a few of the characters and I'm OCD enough that I like to start at the beginning. Ms. Gerritsen has her own web site here. I may check out the others if the library has them.
Sunstroke - Jesse Kellerman
I read this back in August and could not remember what it was even about. I had to go look it up on Amazon.com. It was okay. Not great, not horrible but average.
Tell No One - Harlan Coben
I've read one or two of Coben's books before and sort of knew what to expect. And he delivered exactly that. An easy, fast-paced, entertaining read.
The Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier
One of the best books I read in 2006. LOVED it.
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
I finished this book in one day. If you like post apocalyptic books, grab this one for sure. Gruesome but cool as anything. Loved it. Part of a review on amazon.com: Cormac McCarthy sets his new novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is.
Green River Rising - Tim Willocks
This novel was was quite good and hard to put down.
The Archer's Tale - Bernard Cornwall
Historical Fiction. It was all right but would have been much better with a bit of editing out extra stuff. Good story but it bogged down with way too many details in certain places.
Mouthing The Words - Camilla Gibbs
Push - Sapphire
Loved the writing and the voices used for the characters.
Wicked and Son of a Witch - Gregory Macguire
The Land of Oz from the perspective of the wicked witch of the west. LOVED it. Son of a Witch wasn't quite as good as it's prequel but still pretty decent. I enjoyed both of them.
The Stolen Child - Keith Donahue
Interesting and entertaining, light read. From a review: Folk legends of the changeling serve as a touchstone for Donohue's haunting debut, set vaguely in the American northeast, about the maturation of a young man troubled by questions of identity. At age seven, Henry Day is kidnapped by hobgoblins and replaced by a look-alike impostor. In alternating chapters, each Henry relates the tale of how he adjusts to his new situation. Human Henry learns to run with his hobgoblin pack, who never age but rarely seem more fey than a gang of runaway teens. Hobgoblin Henry develops his uncanny talent for mimicry into a music career and settles into an otherwise unremarkable human life. Neither Henry feels entirely comfortable with his existence, and the pathos of their losses influences all of their relationships and experiences.
Cloud of Sparrows - Takashi Matsuoka
Skateaway - Michael Grant Jaffe
Didn't really care for the book. It was okay but sort of plodding and dark.
More Than You Know - Beth Gutcheon
Finally! An excellent book this year. Great story, wonderful writing, loved the characters.
The Last Dive - Bernie Chowdhury
Lots of technical dive stuff in here but not enough to confuse someone who has no idea about diving. Very good read.
The Murderer Next Door - David Buss The guy writes about a very interesting subject but I just couldn't get past his writing style. Very flowery and descriptive in ways that really didn't go with the content for me.
READ IN DECEMBER 2005: Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
Turns out there are two more in this set: Forever Odd and Brother Odd. That makes me happy. I like reading new books that have characters I already know.