Joining Kat and friends to talk about knitting and books.
The beginnings of another BSJ to cement the pattern in my head. Once again I am unraveling as much as I am knitting. But please enjoy my computer wallpaper!
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. This one has been on my want-to-read list for quite some time. Sadly, it was not my cup of tea — very dense, image- and metaphor-rich prose, not to mention l-o-n-g. I have no doubt that it is a rewarding book to read, but I gave up reading for graduate credit a long time ago. My loss, but there it is.
Masked Prey by John Sandford. This is the latest in the Prey series of police procedurals. As much as I adore this series — Sandford writes such intelligent characters — any police procedural is problematic reading now. That aside, it was better than his last one but not as good as many of the earlier books in the series. I think what I have enjoyed most about the series is the interactions among Davenport’s police team and between he and his family. Well-drawn characters are the thing that make a book for me, and those characters were appealing. In these later books Davenport is a U.S. Marshall working cases in various locations around the country, so there is very little of that enticing interaction. 3✭
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I was not completely brainless this past week, however. A Black man is convicted in Louisiana of a rape he did not commit and is sentenced to twelve years. The story tells of the effects on him and his wife and their families. Well-written, in-depth characters, intriguing plot. 4✭
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. I am listening to this one and am about one-third of the way through. The story follows five women who deliver books on horseback to people living in the hills and hollows of Kentucky Appalachia in the 1930s. I am enjoying it. 3✭