WWW Wednesday (2-19-14)

WWW Wednesday (2-19-14)What is wrong with me? I go from one book where I have to Google a bunch of French words to one where I have to do the same thing, only in Russian!

W…W…W…Wednesdays is a weekly reading prompt hosted by MizB at Should be Reading. 


  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Now, on with this weeks W… W… W… Wednesday.

I am currently reading The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez. This is the last book of his I have to read until he publishes something else. I needed something that was light, a quick read, and funny. So, I grabbed this off the TBR shelf. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it’s hard for a robot to make his way. It’s even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack’s not interested in world domination. He’s just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn’t just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can’t catch a break.

When Mack’s neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire’s founders—not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.

Since my last post (2-5-14), I have finished:

Still Life by Louise Penny. This is her debut novel and the first in the Inspector Gamache series. It is also the book that caused me to burn through my data plan Googling french words and phrases. It was a good little mystery though and the characters are likeable in their own ways. Here’s the description from Amazon:

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces–and this series–with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

I also finished The Gentle Axe by R. N. Morris. This was definitely darker than Still Life. But, when you think about St. Petersburg in the early 1900’s, there probably wasn’t much “light” about it. Google got a workout from this one as well. Here’s the description from Amazon:

Stumbling through Petrovsky Park one cold morning in search of firewood, an elderly woman makes a horrifying discovery. A burly peasant twirls in the wind, hanging from a bowed tree by a rope about his neck, a bloody axe tucked into his belt. Nearby, packed neatly into a suitcase, is the body of a dwarf, a deep axe wound splitting his skull in two.

It does not take long for the noted police investigator Porfiry Petrovich, still drained from his work on the case involving the deranged student Raskolnikov, to suspect that the truth of the matter is more complex that the crime scene might suggest. Why do so many roads lead to the same house of prostitution and the same ring or pornographers? Why do so many powerful interests seem intent on blocking his efforts? His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels, and drinking dens of the city’s Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society. As he gets deeper and deeper in, and the connections between the two spheres begin to multiply, both his anger and his terror mount.

Atmospheric and tense from its dramatic opening to its shocking climax, The Gentle Axe is a spellbinding historical crime novel, a book that explores the darkest places of the human heart with tremendous energy, empathy, and wit. As lucky as St. Petersburg residents are to have Porfiry Petrovich in public service, we are equally fortunate to have R.N. Morris on hand to chronicle his most challenging case to date.

Additionally, I listened to the audiobook of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman also reads this version of the audiobook, which I think lends more to it. I don’t now why, but I really enjoy his stories as audiobooks but have a hard time reading them. I have started and stopped American Gods two or three times now. I AM going to read that one some day! I AM, dammit!!

I am making pretty good progress on the Catch Up Reading Challenge list. I crossed one more off when I finished The Gentle Axe. And I will probably head back to that list for my “next”. Here’s the updated list:

1) Nowhere Men: Vol. 1 by Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde, & Jordie Bellaire

2) Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham & Lan Medina

3) Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham & Mark Buckingham

4) The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

5) Fever by Mary Beth Keane

6) Zero Day by David Baldacci

7) Islands of Destiny by John Prados

8) The Gentle Axe by R. N. Morris

9) Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist

10) Red Blood, Black Sand by Chuck Tatum

11) The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R. King

12) Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King

13) Justice Hall by Laurie R. King

14) The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes by George Mann

15) Still Life by Louise Penny

16) Phantom Prey by John Sandford

17) Buried Prey by John Sandford

18) Storm Prey by John Sandford

19) Stolen Prey by John Sandford

20) Wicked Prey by John Sandford

21) Split Second by David Baldacci

22) The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell

23) The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

24) Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

25) Seaworthy by Linda Greenlaw

26) Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

27) The Rogue Crew by Brian Jacques

28) The Sable Queen by Brian Jacques

29) Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (To by realeased June 2014)

30) Revival by Stephen King (Release date TBA but has been confirmed it’ll be in 2014)

Until next week…

About Paul H-C

Just an avid reader in the little town of Bangor, Maine (Yes, that Bangor...home of Stephen King). When I'm not reading and drinking coffee, I sell cell phones by the sea shore.
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