March 6th, 2011

Books for 2011

I'm bored, with nothing but time, cold, and music to contemplate. Then I realized something: I've not really documented my reads for this year so far. That's going to be a bad thing come December. Gah, can you believe it's already March? I welcome the coming warmth, but still.
Ok, I'm too easily sidetracked. Let's see what I can even remember about my reads. I read a thriller by Gregg Hurwitz called Minutes To Burn. Here, animals in the Galapagos Islands were being effected by a virus that had been unleashed by earthquakes and rapid climate change. Scientists and soldiers were dispatched to try and get a handle on the situation, and in so doing they met with all sorts of unfortunate disasters. Its conclusion leads me to believe that there will be or already is a sequel.
After that, I read The Confession, by John Grisham. I enjoyed this, because it was a bit of a return to his old form. Here, an African American teen-aged male is falsely accused of raping and murdering a white girl in a small Texas town. This is done more out of police desperation to capture and can someone quickly, so that they can look as if they are doing something. The two individuals capable of saving the falsely imprisoned person choose to come forward, but, well there are many complications. This story is A Time To Kill meets the Facebook generation.
Next, I read another good book, a fairly local one called The Footprints of God, by Greg Iles. Much of the beginning of this novel took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Given that Iles made at least a passing mention of Charlotte in the other book I read by him, I'm guessing he must have connections to these parts. We just aren't featured all that often in stories. A computer onto which a neuro model of a person's brain could be loaded was being constructed in a lab called Trinity, right here in Research Triangle Park (RTP). For those who don't know, that area is so named because of its location relative to the three prestigious universities in this area: North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina, and Duke. (Duke isn't prestigious in my mind, but yeah. Haha). Anyway, this book exhibits a woman who practices an odd version of Freudian psychotherapy, a man who was hired to ensure that the construction of this computer was done ethically but who then experiences so much tracking and interference from government agencies who don't want the project derailed that he fears for his life, and a mix of other, quite excentric characters. There were definitely some very tense points within this book.
And my latest attempted read is Neighborhood Watch, by Cammie McGovern. While I found the first chapter compelling, it seems to have lost a lot of steam of late. I may try and stick with it though, as it's only 9+ hours of audio. I did enjoy the voice of the person who reads it for BARD. Here's their synopsis, as I've not had time to fully form one yet.
Twelve years after she's wrongly imprisoned for killing her neighbor while sleepwalking, librarian Betsy Treading is released based on DNA evidence. As she now begins her own investigation into the murder, Betsy learns startling things about herself and her suburban neighbors."
Ha, that doesn't sound so exciting, in retrospect. I think that's all I've read this year. I'm having a harder time finding good titles, it seems. Give me some suggestions, if you dare. I need a good one to enjoy during this week of vacation. More soon!