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The Poet
Michael Connelly
Progress: 92/510 pages
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
Neil Gaiman
Progress: 202/502 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 510 pages.

The Poet - Michael Connelly

Now he found there was a case similar to his brother. He started to doubt if his brother has killed himself or someone killed him.


Creepy. Not a lot of support for this case. The link is the poem that the victims left behind. 


Strike helped find a missing person and solved a murder

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Carmoran Strike is more caring than he admit to himself. He taken up this case because the woman really need help.


The husband has gone missing, and this is not the first time. Owen, the writer, was a self-obsessed jerk. He did this disappearing act for attention and hope to get publicity. 


Now he was found dead. Who killed this person?


The detective who is on this case is a friend of Strike. More than friend as Strike has saved his life. 


The way the backstory given Strike a bit more dimension, or how he interacted with other characters. 


Also, the story involved his younger brother Al. Al is a rich kid being the son of a rock star. He wanted to stay connected to his brother. 


Robin is also better as a character. She really wants to be a detective in training. She had advanced driver training and has saved Strike and herself from a car accident. 


Really like the bit about Strike giving remarks on how pretty Robin is, how she needs to disguise herself. 

Matthew is loved by Robin and just not that likable, selfish bastard. 


He didn't like Robin to have this job and he dislike Strike. 


The story itself has some twists and turns. Keep the readers guessing. Good detective book. 


Really enjoyed this. 5 stars work. 



Reading progress update: I've read 320 out of 592 pages.

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Strike investigating, first a disapparence, then a murder. 


The side story is actually a background story about his past ans how he lost his leg, and how he saved someone life. 


His disability is limiting him  in way that is frustrating. He has to drive automatic as his knee is injured and he is in pain. 


Robin offered to drive him and he finally taken up her offer. The driving itself is a turning point for Strike to put even more trust into her. She had advanced driving skill. 


Cool. Enjoying this. 

Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 592 pages.

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Strike has taken a client that he is not sure would get his fee back.


An arrogant writer has disappeared. And this is not the first time. His wife has asked Strike to find him and told him that his publisher would pay him.


Now the publisher is actually pretty pissed with the writer for written a scandalous book that is gross and sad and based on the who's who in the publishing industry. 


As the side story. Robin has set the date for he wedding and invited Strike.


It is known that Strike doesn't like Robin's fiance Matthew and vice versa. 


The book is a bit too much for most, but harmless enough to be publishable. 


Only at 160 pages and still not sure if we want this mean writer  

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 510 pages.

The Poet - Michael Connelly

Jack is a crime reporter. His twin brother Sean killed himself.


Jack has a hard time accepting that his brother committed suicide. So he started looking at his brother's dead. Sean was a cop and Jack believed that his brother might have committed suicide because of his last case. 


A woman was killed and cut in two. That's the case his brother was working on before his death. And on the day he died, he had an appointment with an informer. 


Who is this informer? Going to find out soon. 

How two lovers meet in Summer

Call Me by Your Name - André Aciman

Really nice story about a 17 year old teenager Elio meeting and falling for the house guest Oliver.


Teenage boy being romantic, he is Italian, and falling for a young professor who came to live in his house, in his room, to work on his book and helped out with paper work with his father, 


They met. They ate together and playing cool at first. The first 100 pages are all about the Elio longer to get to Oliver and afraid of what he would find out with him.


The rest of the book picked up quickly on how love came through. It is beautifully written and although there are some sex scenes, they are not really that pornographic. 


It reminds us all of youth, of Summer romance, or being bold because one has not learned how to act like an adult yet. 


Really enjoyable. This type of book is usually not my cup of tea. And I have enjoyed this a lot. 


Solid 4.5 read. 

February Wrap-up

6 books read this month. 3 of them are graphic novels. 


4.5 stars read


Lucifer Vol. 2: Children and Monsters - 'Dean Ormston', 'Ryan Kelly', 'Peter Gross','Mike Carey'  Lucifer Vol. 2: Children and Monsters - 'Dean Ormston', 'Ryan Kelly', 'Peter Gross','Mike Carey'  


What can I say... it is Lucifer. The Lucifer created by Neil Gaiman from the Sandman series. Lucifer is charming and he is neither good or bad. He is honest and direct and devious without being malicious.


And he is not stupid. 


In this book, it is actually of several stories. I missed the first volume so it is a mystery to me why Lucifer was walking in the desert naked, and run into monsters. He is on a mission and he needs his wings. His wings is kept by the monsters in the windowless castle. 


Now the monsters are acting both like Japanese royals and British upper class. The setting has the same feel to it. 


So they invited Lucifer in and treated him as guest why plotting to not let him take his wings. 


A wrong decision and they would come to regret. 

Very enjoyable read.


Another 4.5 stars read is a Will Robie story. 

The Guilty (Will Robie) - David Baldacci  The Guilty (Will Robie) - David Baldacci  


David Baldacci is another very reliable writer. He is very skill in character creating and consistency. Robie is an assassin who is good at one thing. Now he run into psychological problem and it interfered with his ability to do his job. 


So his boss, the Blue Man, send him home. There is bad news too. His father, a man he hasn't spoken to for many years, was in custody and standing trial of murder. 


So, he went home and reluctantly get involved with the investigation. It does not help that his father is not cooperative. 


The tension is there. The father is a bit violent, and stubborn. The relation didn't get any better until his father asked Robie if he is working for the good of the country. 


A bit of patriotism in the book, the only bit that explained the drive and the guilt free killing, It is still mild enough to make it tolerable.  


Of course, there are bad guys who come out from the woodwork. Bad guys hired by the real killer. The ending is a bit of a surprise. 


Still very good writing and good plots driven story. 


The rest are all 4 stars read.


Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned - Ryan Kelly,Dean Ormston,Peter Gross,Mike Carey  Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned - Ryan Kelly,Dean Ormston,Peter Gross,Mike Carey  


Lucifer in this volume and went back to Lux. And now he has a new toy. A gateway to other dimension.

So he used this opportunity to recreate the garden of eden and put two persons there. But instead of acting like a dictator like his father, he gave them freedom. Worshiping is not necessary. 


There is no rule. But of course, the man is tempted to create their own stupid rule and ruined everything. 


A good read. But perfect as some stories seems not be going anyway in particular. 


Still a solid 4 stars read. 


The Empire of a Thousand Planets: Valerian Vol. 2 (Valerian and Laureline) (Volume 2) - Jean-Claude Mézières,Pierre Christin  The Empire of a Thousand Planets: Valerian Vol. 2 (Valerian and Laureline) (Volume 2) - Jean-Claude Mézières,Pierre Christin  


Valerian graphic novel. I watched the movie and like it a lot. And wanted to know how the graphic novel is like. 


Not bad. Interesting as it is a period piece. The two space agents are flirting. And the strange and new were just reflecting what was foreign to them. 


Still a fun read. 


For Valour - Andy McNab  For Valour - Andy McNab  


A Nick Stone story about a friend who died during a mission. And this friend left a young son at home. So, a few friends were keeping tab on the boy and see how he is. 


The boy was in trouble. That got Nick involved with Trev. There are many short chapters and a bit of running around. The cohesiveness was a bit off because of the interruption of back stories. 


There is a training exercise, and a person was dead. The friend's son was charged for manslaughter.


The jumping around bit is a bit much. A lot of bad guys coming out from practically nowhere and threatened him.


Now he know there is a bigger conspiracy evolved. And the ending has a twist. Enjoyable. 


The Stranger - Harlan Coben  The Stranger - Harlan Coben  


A story about lies and truth.


A stranger came into the bar and told a man that his wife has faked a pregnancy to make him turned down a promotion that required relocation.


That's the first lie revealed. 


it turned out to be a blackmailing team that threatened the liars in revealing the truth if they don't pay up.


Now who is behind this.


The man's wife, after being confronted with the truth, disappeared. The rest of the book is the man's way to find his wife. 


Pretty interesting stories about truth and lies. Solid 4 stars read.




6 books in a month. A bit slow. Need more time for reading. 


Reading progress update: I've read 121 out of 248 pages.

Call Me by Your Name - André Aciman

Elio is 17 and has hot for the new house guest Oliver. 


The first 121 pages are still on how much he wants him. And then dreamed of him being together. 


Horny would be a word of choice. Unlike chick-romance, the expression on want and sex is quite honest and out there.


It is fortunate that this is well written, or it would read corny as hell. 


Oliver is a nice looking and they were in swim suits. 




Lisa and Nilly have an adventure with time travelling bath tub

Bubble in the Bathtub (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder) - Mike Lowery, Nesbo Jo

Lisa and Nilly are fun characters who tried to find their friend Doctor Proctor. 


So they travel by plane, and use the time travelling bath tub to try to locate him. Doctor did leave clues on where he had been and they did try to follow his trial.


But that's not it.


It is the way these children acting like children and find solutions only children could. 


As a fan of Jo Nesbo, one would be curious on what kind of children books he would write. 


He wrote like how he wrote his other books, with a lot of fun plot twists. And running around with clues.


The good thing is, there are a lot of surprises as well. Surprise on what the characters thought as solutions, or the next move. 


First clue, A post card. 


Not to spoil the plot. The post card is illustrated and anyone could try to get the clue. 


Then there are big guys. The big guys are obvious big guys as this is a children book.


They chase the children. And the children run and escape. 


Traveling in bathtub is fun.


Also, the use of fart powder. One of the invention of the Doctor who give a person ability to fart with power. 


Like speeding up a bike ride up the hill. Yes, that's part of the running around bit in the book.


Highly recommended for kids. 


Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 248 pages.

Call Me by Your Name - André Aciman

A teenager having a crash on the house guest. 


That's about it. 


The writing is good and it slow down the plot enough to go into the mind of the teenager, and details on the struggle with close proximity with the person of interest. 


Not usually my cup of tea. This is an exception.  


Will Bobie going home and run into more killings and killers

The Guilty (Will Robie) - David Baldacci

Will Robie has accidentally killed a kid based on bad intelligence. He had problem to do his job because it haunted him.


Now, his boss, only referred to as the Blue Man give him leave and asked him to visit his father that he had not seen or talked to for twenty years. 


His father was the judge and he was now in custody waiting for his trail for murder. 


A local drunk and troublemaker was killed because he imposingly has cheated on had spent the night with the judge's wife. 


Now he was not welcome to where he was from.


He father Dan was a violent asshole. 


His has now got a hot new stepmother and a younger brother Tyler. 


The more he wanted to get to the bottom of this, the more violent persons turned out. Some just wanted to mess him around a bit. While other go directly into shooting.


Lucky that Will is someone not only could fight back, but shoot back too.


Now he needed help. So his long trusted partner Jessica show up and watched his six. 


The two are running around following leads. 


But not really have a clue. His father Dan was still the jerk and wouldn't be too helpful.



The event also involved pedophile, blackmailing, and young sluts getting into the sex trade. 


There are just so few good persons around. 


I thought this is going to be boring and they just to sit around talking about feelings.


No. A lot of actions. A lot of shooting and get shot at.


So, something that I like. 


The only part I don't like is the hypocritical characters who go to church but tricked children to be molested. Kind of sick.


Overall, a good read. The later part is better as there were more actions. 


Solid 4.5 read. 

Reading progress update: I've read 366 out of 432 pages.

The Guilty (Will Robie) - David Baldacci

There are more threats than Robbie could handle. So his good and trustworthy partner is joining him.


Now more bag guys have appeared and there are more dead bodies. 


Getting more interesting. 


Who are these persons? And who are the persons responsible for the killings. 

Lucifer has created another world and playing with it

Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned - Ryan Kelly, Dean Ormston, Peter Gross, Mike Carey

One of the most imaginative story is for Lucifer to experiment with humans by creating another Eden and put two humans in it and asked them to worship no one.


Which started out great. Two heterosexual humans found pleasure and company with each other. While the woman is fine with this, the man was tempted by the talking snake that told him that desire is a bad thing. 


What's up with that? That's the Christian obsession with sex and contaminated it with guilt. Finally, the man suffered because he could not deal with his own internal conflict. 


Lucifer is not surprised but he would continue to experiment with this. 

Other story include the daughter of an angel and how she would like to meet Lucifer. 

Another one is about a group of demons imitating high society. 

Kind of fun to read. The graphic is good as well. 





Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 432 pages.

The Guilty (Will Robie) - David Baldacci

Will Robie had a job. And because of bad intelligence, he killed a child. Now he could not do his job any more.


So, he was ordered to have some time off. 


And there is something he had not do for a long time. Go home to a father he hadn't seen for a long time. So long that he married a woman his own age and had a boy that he never know exist before now.


Now he is in town because his father was accused of murder. His father was the local judge, but now accused of killing a local drunk after he spent a night with his young wife.


All is not good. But not feeling any feeling for the old man yet as Robie and his father is stranger right now. 


Lucifer is having a complicated adventure

Lucifer Vol. 2: Children and Monsters -  'Dean Ormston',  'Ryan Kelly',  'Peter Gross', 'Mike Carey'


A new image of Lucifer from the mind of Neil Gaiman. This is a continuation of the series Sandman. 


The story began when Lucifer is in the void with nothing except his wit. He got no weapon and has no cloth.


Then he found the Windowless castle that hold his wings. 


He wants it back.


In the world, Lux being the center of strange attention because of the gate to the void.


Then there are monster who wants death because she was cursed. 


The story is rich and the last one about the committee of Angels want to come down to LA and fight Lucifer.




Angels are assholes. 


It is better to be logical and interact with humans, instead of treating them like toys. 


That what the Christian bible god did, playing with humans like toys. So careless.


The re imagination of Lucifer is fun.


5 stars read. 

Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 208 pages.

Lucifer Vol. 2: Children and Monsters -  'Dean Ormston',  'Ryan Kelly',  'Peter Gross', 'Mike Carey'

Lucifer is went to the void through the gate to find his wings. 


He faced some wicked gods and need to find the way to fight them with only his wit, as he is naked and has no weapon.


Of course he did it. 


The story is interesting and the illustration is fine. Lucky to find this at all on sale.