Author: Austin Grossman
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Pantheon

Started: 3/30/08
Completed: 4/5/08

This is another that I plucked from the New Arrivals shelf of the Lewes Public Library just because the cover looked interesting. It appears to be a fantasy/adventure. There are superheroes and super(ish) villains.

It turns out to be an enjoyable book. Superheroes with real thoughts and feelings. It’s a fairly funny book, too.

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The Shape Shifter

March 28, 2008

Author: Tony Hillerman
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Harper

Started: 3/28/08
Completed: 3/30/08

I picked this out from the shelves of a small store attached to the hotel we stayed at in Naples, Florida. I had finished my library book and needed a next novel. The selection was not great, but I have read and enjoyed a few of Hillerman’s other Joe Leaphorn novels and so I thought a short trip to the Navajo lands out west would be fun.

Tipperary

March 17, 2008

Author: Frank Delaney
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Random House

Started: 3/17/08
Completed: 3/28/08

Part history and part romance, this is a tale set generally in Ireland at the turn of the last Century. This is a great book. I have to admit that I took it slow; one of those books you don’t want to finish. It includes a great deal of history, focused on the independence movement in Ireland. It also tells a deep and touching love story that spans decades. And it is well-written.

Last One In

March 14, 2008

Author: Nicholas Kulish
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Harper Perennial

Started: 3/14/08
Completed: 3/16/08

A gossip columnist from New York makes the wrong mistake at the wrong time and ends up embedded with the US military in the invasion of Iraq. This is a good little Iraq-war story. It’s not Catch-22, but not a bad effort at all.

Dogface

March 9, 2008

Author: Jeff Garigliano
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Macadam/Page

Started: 3/9/08
Completed: 3/13/08

This is a story set in a camp/treatment center for wayward youth. It is run by a con man and is in now way healthy for the kids who are the inmates. The book follows the efforts of one young inmate to fight back and get word out about the place.

This is a serious subject, but this novel approaches it with some humor.

Deadly Shoals

March 4, 2008

Author: Joan Struett
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur

Started: 3/4/08
Completed: 3/8/08

This is a mystery set aboard US naval sailing ships in the early 1800s. It’s part of a series — the Wiki Coffin Series — featuring a half-Maori sailor and amateur detective. I’ve read at least one other in this series. It is a fun little series; not perfect but a decent mental palate-cleanser.