Hiatus Comeuppance–a meme
When I first started this blog I remember hanging out on Blog Catalog and it always seemed I was talking to people who were facing writers block or unable to think of topics to post about and generally struggling to regularly publish a blog. And I would look at the huge stack of books on my couch and think to myself, ‘at least I don’t have _that_ problem.
And let me say right off that my stack of books is as tall as ever, so I can’t really use that as an excuse for my recent lack of posts. Honestly I don’t know why I have been spending my time lately playing games and watching television and even reading books rather than posting and promoting my blog. Sometimes, I suspect, you just need a mental break. Having recharged my inner batteries I hope to on Monday resume my five posts per week and thought I would ease back into things by posting today about three great books I’ve read during my hiatus.
I have long been a fan of Sue Grafton’s alphabetical series of mystery novels featuring Kinsey Millhone the odd loner private detective in Santa Teresa California– a fictional city modeled after Santa Barbara. And Grafton’s twentieth installment T Is For Trespass may well be her best yet. It was comforting to return for an interval to Millhone’s world where Grafton has once again weaved a very engaging and suspenseful tale. I was a bit surprised that in this novel Grafton used a shifting perspective– some of the chapters are written from the point of view of the main villain rather than from Kinsey’s point of view. I am not a hundred percent certain but I believe this is the first time in the series that Millhone has not been the first person narrator throughout.
I also got to feeling after awhile that Millhone has spent too much time working for insurance companies and has lost a bit of her humanity and compassion. Kinsey says some very uncharitable things about very poor people whom she has been hired to evict from their apartment and I found myself a bit appalled by Kinsey’s incorporating what seemed to me a "being poor is the equivalent of being morally evil" attitude that was quite distasteful to me. These quibbles aside, T Is For Trespass is a great mystery. Highly recommended to fans of the series and Recommended to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel.
By contrast Sara Roahen’s Gumbo Tales was a pure delight. Roahen’s memoir of moving to New Orleans and becoming a restaurant critic was highly readable and I greatly enjoyed watching Roahen discover the city I know and love so much. Recommended.
I recently came across one of Robert A. Heinlein’s juvenile science fiction books while shelving in junior paperbacks. Have Spacesuit Will Travel (no image, Worldcat) is a wonderfully engaging story. It has all of the twists and turns of Heinlein’s adult science fiction, though none of the sexual libertine sub-plots that figured so prominently in his later work. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was even inspired to go back and re-read Stranger In a Strange Land. Recommended.
And finally today, in order to make this post into a proper meme I decided to tag two of my favorite bloggers who have also been on hiatus lately to post and let us know what’s behind their recent lack of posts. And so I tag Dawn, the Anti-Barbie and Jamie, the Suburbian Queen with the Hiatus Comeuppance meme and challenge them to post this week just to say hello and let us know they are still around. A happy weekend to each and every one of you and please check back Monday evening when I will resume my regular Monday–Friday posts here on The Thin Red Line.