So, here are the books I have read for the month of October. Not a single lemon in the bunch. There’s a legend that explains the rating system below the reviews.
1. Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko ©2006 – A horror novel from Russia. In this tale, there exist two supernatural groups who keep the world in balance: the Nightwatch who keep tabs over actions of the Daywatchand vice versa. The Nightwatch represents “good” and the Daywatch “evil”. These two opposing groups police each other; and both contain powerful wizards of different levels. As well as normal reality and humans, the world contains vampires, shapeshifters, and other supernatural creatures who must choose whether they wish to become members of the Daywatch or the Nightwatch. Fascinating premise and thought-provoking themes on what is “good” and what is “evil”.☻☻☻☻
2. Deceit by James Siegel ©2006 – A famous shamed journalist, having been caught embellishing and inventing stories in his work for a major metropolitan newspaper, retreats to a rural area to work on a small town newspaper. As a result, when he discovers wrongdoing, murder, and a cover-up in that small town, no one believes him.☻☻☻☻
3. More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin ©1980 – Volume 2 of 6 of the “Tales of the City” series, which centers around an apartment building on 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco and its occupants. This time around the friends deal with a big secret held by the landlady, a cruise, an illness, a mysterious cult, and several straight and gay romances. Kind of like a very entertaining soap opera. ☻☻☻☻☻
4 Paramedic by Peter Canning ©1997 – A former political speechwriter becomes a paramedic and goes through many trials before and after earning his stripes. Interesting true stories of human situations, but a little too long for my taste. ☻☻☻
5 The Mystical Life of Jesus by Sylvia Browne ©2006 –Fact-based study of the life of Jesus mostly gleaned from ancient documents, many of which were deleted or omitted from the Bible. ☻☻☻☻
6 The Physician’s Tale by Ann Benson ©2006- A very long novel that follows the lives of two doctors in different eras of time. The first is a modern day doctor dealing with the survivors of a man-made plague that has wiped out most of the world’s population. Paralleling that story is a doctor from the Middle Ages dealing with the Black Plague. ☻☻☻☻
7 Further Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin – Volume 3 of 6 of the series. Excellent like all the others. ©1982 – The friends deal with the Jonestown massacre in Guyana, and one character’s romance with a homeless man. ☻☻☻☻☻
8 Babycakes by Armistead Maupin ©1984 – The AIDS epidemic begins to encroach on the residents of Barbary Lane; a baby is born; a British man defects from the Queen’s yacht Brittania and trades domiciles with one of the building’s residents. ☻☻☻☻☻
☻☻☻☻☻ Excellent. I highly recommend this book. Wonderfully plotted or chockful of insights.
☻☻☻☻ Very good. May have minor aspects of style or plot that prevented it from getting 5 smileys.
☻☻☻ Flawed, but of some entertainment or thought-provoking value.
☻☻ Read this book if you are stranded on a desert island and have nothing else handy to read.
☻ Don’t bother, it’s a waste of time. A suggested use is to light the fire for cooking your fish on the desert island.