Do you know what happens when you try to read three books at once? Especially when one of them is for the book discussion you're leading next week?
You don't finish any of them by Friday.
I"m reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan for our book discussion next week. I'm loving it. But I wonder how the group will like it's techie view of the world. I'll find out next Thursday and let you know.
In the car I'm listening to Dead Wake by Erik Larson. How can a book, when you already know the ending be so darned thrilling? I'll tell you. Erik Larson is a genius at building suspense. Chapters are going round robin, from the Lusitania to the U20 (German U-Boat), to the Room 40 (Code room in London intercepting German messages to its submarines), and to the various politicians at the head of the governments involved (especially Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson). Larson is painting a picture and with each stroke of his pen it becomes more detailed and clear. Can you guess how I feel about this book so far?
On my eReader I've got Lawrence Block's Burglar in the Library. I haven't actually started it. But it's waiting for me as soon as I finish Penumbra, which might be today, depending on how energetic I'm feeling about getting the housework done. And since I've got a wicked cold, that's not very energetic at all.
Ah well, stay tuned, more book reviews are on their way.