Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lots-o-links update.

Not much going on today but I thought I'd recommend a few books I've read lately that are really very good. It's too hot to think to much about deep stuff and this book is a perfect "can't-put-it-down-murder-mystery" It's in paperback so some of you may have beat me to the book already. I can't wait for this guy to write another book! Seriously, he has mastered the art of blending southern Gothic and almost perfect murder. It's about the disintegration of a wealthy family and how all the crazies come out of the woodwork in the process. Wonderful read. Moving along to my other favorite kind of books I will recommend these two to those of you who are cooking-food writing fans.

I'm working on some stuff today that I don't want to show yet so I'll just leave you with a bunch of new links to investigate if you are in the summer doldrums as so many of us are. Click around and have a little travel through the quilt universe. There are so many talented people out here in blogland I am constantly amazed at the talent and really amazed at the generosity of these women. They are talented, kind, and very giving.
This book "Divisadero", was recommended to me by someone who's opinion I usually value a great deal. I haven't read it yet but plan to soon. Last but far from least I will attempt to covert some more people to my all time favorite mystery writer. James Lee Burke

I fell in love with James Lee Burke's writing many years ago when someone gave me a copy of "Heaven's Prisoners" This man can write like no one since Faulkner. These are not books for the timid. He writes about the harsher realities of being a recovering alcoholic, police detective in the Bayou country of Louisiana. The second book I read by him was one called 'In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead " The man writes like music. You can envision what he is saying clearly as he writes it. It may be the subject matter, the deep south,that give it a magical quality but all the while I'm reading I want to break out the bourbon and make something cold to sip on the veranda. When you finish a Burke book you need to cool off and you feel like you have lived with these people. Well, let's just say that anyone who has followed me down the pathway to Burke's New Iberia always comes back for more. I cannot say enough about the tenor of this man's ability to bring characters to life. The subject matter is often not so nice or pretty but if you want to read writing the way it should be-here's your man. The new book is predictably about the Hurricane and what happened regarding the human toll.
Anyway, by now my husband is hysterical laughing because when I love writing I can't stop pushing the books.
Hope everyone has a great day. I'm off to try to accomplish a thing or two.


Rian said...

Thanks for the great recommendations. I have been hungry for a good read.

Angie said...

Ditto Rian, Dee. I'm going to see if I can get a JLB book or two--I don't think I've read any of his, and I'm always looking for a good 'murder and mayhem' author. :>

Gerrie said...

good recommendations, but when do I have time to read - arg! I am now reading Eat, Love, Pray - which I love. I have Omnivores Dilemma - for a year - and I haven't read it, yet.

I need a week in a cabin by the lake to catch up with my reading.

Deb R said...

That first one especially sounds good to me! Off to add to my Amazon wish list. :-)