Saturday, December 22, 2012

Audiobook Mini-Reviews Part 2

Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim / When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I'll review the two of these together because they are so similar - essays by Sedaris on his life, family, and travels.  I think he's hilarious and I highly recommend giving him a try, especially if you're into dry wit.

What The Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Two sisters are mysteriously abducted from a mall and never heard from again...until thirty years later when a woman in a car accident claims to be one of the missing sisters.  I saw the twist coming, but it didn't at all take away from the pleasure of getting there.  I like Lippman a lot and plan on continuing to read her books.

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

Another Lippman novel, although this one is less of a mystery/thriller than her others.  It tells the story of a suburban soccer mom who just happens to run an escort agency out of her home.  It examines a lot of the ethics involved in prositution, and, while I don't really agree at all with the conclusions the author reaches in the book, the story was interesting.  I preferred What The Dead Know, but would recommend this one as well.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I could not have loved this book more.  It's a perfect mystery/puzzle for a librarian to solve and will appeal to any book-lover.  I'm anxious to force it on Luke because I think he'll love it too.  It's a must-read.

White Horse by Alex Adams
Post-apocalyptic story where an unleashed virus has killed most of the world's population and turned almost all survivors into grotesque mutated monsters.  The few survivors have to decide what it means to be human in the new world.  It's fairly graphic - some serious violence and language as well as multiple rapes.  If you can handle the mature content, though, I think it's worth the read, especially if you're a fan of the genre.

The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell
This is a mystery/thriller surrounding a woman who is determined to protect her younger sister, who has grown up suspected by her family of murdering her step-father.  Honestly, it was really disappointing.  I'm not saying I won't give Rendell another chance because she comes highly recommended, but the twist was a huge letdown and there were a ton of unneccessary secondary plots.

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