What did you read this week?


Well what did you read? I really do want to know. So leave me a comment and let me know. I’m asking this because I love stories and I’m always looking for something new to read, some new author’s works to fall in love with (in audio of course). I did mention somewhere on here that I am an audiobook addict right?

Audible is my drug of choice. I can’t get enough of that site. I start my day off by checking the daily deals. Follow that up by skimming through the pre-orders and recent releases while munching on my veggie-rich breakfast.

If it’s a work day, I stop by the lead tech architect’s and the Director of It’s desks to inquire about their audiobook habits. Have they lucked onto a book I haven’t listened to yet? My audiobook collection surpassed 1000 earlier this year and it might hit 1100 by Christmas if Audible keeps having these wonderful sales.

Today’s sale offerings (over 200 books for $4.95 each) made up for the flat tire I can’t get fixed until tomorrow that cancelled all my plans for the day. There’s so many great books in that sale. If you’ve ever wanted to try Audible, now would be a good time. 200 great books for virtually nothing! They’re voiced by some of the best vocal talent out there and written by some pretty awesome writers (Stephen King, Laurie R. King, Daniel Silva, just to name a few…)

Go ahead and check it out while I try to whittle down my selections. I have 16 audiobooks in my cart. Unfortunately, my bank balance will not allow me to buy all of them. 😦  The sale is on until Sept. 20. Happy hunting!

If you’re wondering what I’m reading right now, wonder no more.

This week in audiobooks.

I ripped through Dexter books 2-5 and the were all excellent. Dexter Is Delicious, book 5, was especially griping. Putting that one down was really hard. I love that the books are read by the author, Jeff Lindsay. It definitely adds zest to the listening experience. There are enough reviews floating about the web on dear Dexter, so I won’t give my own.

From there I moved on to The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It was a buddy-buddy thief story but with a twist. First off, the book had a prologue. I’m not a fan of those except when they appear in sequels to let new readers know what came before. Those ‘refresher’ prologues I actually appreciate. However, in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, not only did the prologue have chapters, but the story kept being interrupted. Every couple of chapters, up popped another interlude and the interlude had chapters.

These interludes definitely added some much needed info but they broke the narrative tension and sometimes it was tough to recall what the main character was doing before the interlude happened. As the plot thickened, the amount of interludes/interruptions increased instead of decreased. That bugged me.

As a reader, I had anticipated that there would be a point in the story when we knew al we needed to about the ‘backstory’ and could proceed free of digressions. That’s what the interludes were, digressions. They in no way advanced the plot. They were 100% devoted to characterization. I’m pretty sure that I could have skipped them all and still understood the book. However, there would have been little characterization had I done that. The chapters outside of the interlude were straight up plot and mostly action sequences or planning sessions.

It was a really good story too which is why it bothers me that it was written that way. One of my cowokers had to put the book down because all the flipping back and forth in time during the interludes got him into a muddle.

There had to be at least ten interludes and probably more. One time in particular, the story went from one interlude back to the main story for about ten minutes and then dove back into another longer interlude. So the book taught me something about writing, I don’t much care for interruptions or interludes. Give me characterization on the fly while the characters are doing something–anything. But that’s me. You might feel differently. If you do, I love to know what and why. Please leave a comment about that and tell me! I really want to know.

From there I moved onto to The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley. I’m about halfway through and it’s really good. This book flips back and forth between 1978 and 1998. Both the mains in each of those time frames are trying to solve the same mystery about a bank but they come at it from different angles. I’m really enjoying it. It’s well written with great female leads and the narrator does a great job of distinguishing the two mains. It was the daily deal and offered for a steal earlier this week. I’m glad I snapped it up. I hope you did too.

Because I’m a geek, I’m also continuing my fascination of all things physics by listening to Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition it’s part of The Great Courses series. The lecture is delivered and conceived by Professor Richard Wolfson. I’m about halfway through and loving it.  Sadly, there is only one more audiobook/lecture in The Great Courses series’ physics track left after I finish this one. 😦 Hopefully they will release another one soon.

If you’re interested in physics, there’s a great blog on here called QuBitsNews. I recommend it.

Until next time, get your read on!