BookScapes – Summer Reading

Summertime and the reading is easy…We all look forward to the warm lazy sunny afternoon (especially now that it isn’t so hot!)  So, pull up a chaise and set awhile with a glass of ice tea or cocktail and let the light breeze transport you…

cowboy bootsCraig Johnson  the Walt Longmire series

I just spent a weekend with an old friend – I haven’t met either the author or the main character in this mystery series… but feel like I know him, and genuinely like him.  I love discovering a new author (and this was purely a 99cent Kindle deal, one of the best books of June I think, which started me on the first book, found several on the library shelves, downloaded a few more and just finished the last “As the Crow Flies”!! After reading most of the series, I discovered it has been made into a television series, showing while I was reading. Now I need to find the DVDs. The stories felt like listening to Garrison Keillor, bu the moved from MN to WY.  Still feel like changing the radio station from NPR to country …an unheard of event for me.

I recommend reading them in order as their is significant character development with his love life, his daughter (finally getting married in the latest book), and history of the town.  Each of the mysteries is nicely contained. I can’t believe I fell in love with a cowboy!
If you like the mystery series of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers in MN, or Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther of VT, or even Scotland’s Rebus from Ian rankin, this series has alot to offer.

Quotes

From Dark Horse: At a certain point in life, aspirin becomes a major food group.
 
From Death without Company
It was a place I’d tangible dreams that could be touched like fingerprints and felt through the raised and weathered grain of wood; whorls and swoops of passion and loss, of qualified success and absolute defeat.

From Junkyard Dogs
The junkyard (wolf) dogs were famous as being two of the fiercest creatures this side of Cerberus.
It was Monday of the second week of February and people talked less because their words were snatched from their mouth and cast into Nebraska.

NB he reveals…Jacobites in Scotland painted their doors red in support of the ’45 rebellion and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

His hair had growth through his long underwear.

When you have to be resuscitated, you drowned.

Book Quotes:
My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just to satisfy my curiosity. Malcolm X

What really knocks me out is a  book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much.     J. D. Salinger

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