Prophecy by S.J.Parris: This historical thriller pitting the supporters of Mary of Scots and those Queen Elizabeth against each other had just enough occultist dash to make it a really enjoyable read. It is the second book in what I hope is an ongoing series centered around the former monk and current scholar/detective Giordano Bruno. Need to seek out the first book now.
Havana Storm by Clive Cussler: I’ve been an on again off again fan of Clive Cussler since high school. Nowadays his son Dirk is his co-writer. While the quality of the writing is not quite the same and the characterizations are a bit thin, I still enjoy the fast-paced adventure. Equivalent of a decent made for cable action movie.
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz: I am a huge fan of Koontz’s Odd Thomas series and this new character had shades of Odd to her. Really enjoyed the build up, and the big reveal towards the end was…well….you just have to read it.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I am not usually a fan of YA fiction, but on the recommendation of my 11 year old I decided to give this a shot. Really glad I did. It is the tale of a world with no hunger, disease, war, or misery. Humanity has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life in order to keep the size of the population under control. Surprisingly mature story about what makes us human and what happens when we lose it. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn’t by Steve Volk. He writes about the stranger side on life but from the perspective of neither a true believer or a skeptic. What struck me most was realizing how much we *don’t* know, and the fact that scientists can be just as dogmatic and close minded as the fundamentalists of the world. More thoughts here.
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi . Near future of a drought ridden southwest where water knifes are the black ops soldier of the water barons. Bleak narrative and bleaker characters. I liked it but found it hard to root for anyone. More thoughts here.