This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. In order to get some consistency to my posting I thought I’d jump on board this great idea. As a self-proclaimed bookaholic, I love talking about my books and finding out what others are reading. Having been a long time reader of multiple blogs where the ‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ post is prevalent, I thought it a natural progression I’d add to the mix.
Last week I posted the following reviews:
CONTROL FREAK by Christa Faust (crime/erotica) - audio edition
SEAL OF THE WORM by Adrian Tchaikovski (fantasy)
I also posted my year's best crime fiction list (those published in 2014).
This week is an eclectic mix of reads - from sci-fi to sleaze-pulp.
MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER'S REVENGE by Mark Winegardner ( I've almost finished this. For a book just shy of 600pgs it requires a lot of padding to get to the action which starts around page 300 - however, the slow burn is well worth it so far. A must read for Godfather fans.)
It is 1963 in New York, and things have never been better for the Corleones. They've taken out their Mafia rivals, and legitimised the Family. Outside the fortified building owned by Michael Corleone, newly undisputed Boss of Bosses, a parade of people - among them former mob rivals and an emissary from the Mayor of New York - wait to ask the great man for favours.
Only one thing remains to be done. Traitorous former Corleone capo Nick Geraci has powerful friends and far too much to say, and needs to be brought in. But then everything changes. As fireworks explode over First Avenue, news arrives that Jimmy Shea, President of the United States and an old friend of the Corleone's, has been assassinated...
ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer (the third and final book in the Southern Reach trilogy. I've really enjoyed these books and can't wait to read this one.)
It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting. InAcceptance, the last installment of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.
THE LITTLE DEATH (The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2) by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (audio)
Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle: the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as "minor," and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman. Marty's lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich--with whom Hammer has a violent history--thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover. But Mike Hammer knows a damsel in distress when he sees one and takes up Helen's cause, igniting a series of hit attempts on his life by a small army of out-of-town shooters. Such minor distractions can't prevent the toughest detective of them all from solving two murders and avenging a "little death" in a big way.
AS BAD AS THEY COME by Orrie Hitt (I'm a big fan of sleaze pulp author Orrie Hitt and this looks to be another of his little known pulp gems)
Art is the main man at a mail order firm that peddles novelties. When the boss suggests they enter the smut trade, Art coordinates the whole affair. And most of the women he lines up as models, he’s already bedded, behind the back of his long-suffering wife, Alice. But is Alice finding satisfaction behind Art’s back? Throw in a pregnancy scare with a co-worker, and you’ve got another top-notch pulp potboiler from Orrie Hitt!