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Books you missed while I was busy (2) – Audio fiction

Even though I stopped my regular blogging in mid-October, I didn’t stop reading.  I certainly don’t have time to go back and write reviews of all the stuff I read, but I do like to keep track and I know you need to know what I’ve been reading.  So here are some more books I read since mid October when I stopped blogging.

Rumpole Misbehaves: A Novel
Rumpole Misbehaves: A Novel – by John Mortimer
This time, Rumpole brings his aid to himself, working to get a violation of a court behavior order voided.  He also has to contend with a murder suspect who worries more about whether Rumpole has his senior barrister silks than anything else.
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye – by Barry Fantoni
A really solid cozy mystery with an hard boiled sleuth pushing eighty five.  The narration fits the story perfectly, and makes the elderly detective come to life on the page.  The best part of it is that Lipkin keeps his craftiness even as he gets too old to do most of what he has to do.
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer – Rumpole defends a Packistani man accused of being a terrorist on flimsy evidence.  She Who Must Be Obeyed also considers reading for the Bar herself this time around.  Rumpole discovers that she’s starting to place her affections elsewhere, but is either oblivious or too crafty to say anything.
Amped  by Daniel H. Wilson
Wilson is becoming the go-to near-future-tech adventure/apocalypse novel writer.  After Robopocalypse, he brings this solid follow-up that imagines the post-human world in which brain/body computers allow individuals to begin amplifying their meat bodies to do machine things.  The distinction between the two causes a little, ahem. friction.  Wilson’s choice to stick to a single protagonist works well.  Enjoyable and well-written.
Desperation by Stephen King
This book was released at the same time as the Richard Bachman book The Regulators, and features overlapping character names and a similar monstrous premise at its core.  The novel was good, but really long, gory, and pretty creepy.  King does a great job of crafting believable characters in unbelievable situations.  The fiddleback spiders in this story were particularly awful.  Yeeacch.

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