New Acquisition

I got the Atlas Obscura! I haven’t opened it yet, but I will soon. I’m looking forward to finding out about all the weird places around the world, as well as the ones close to  home that I can go and visit!

With the dust jacket:


Without the dust jacket:dsc04875

The cover’s color doesn’t shift from the top to the bottom. That just comes from the uneven window light I was dealing with when I took the picture.


I started reading Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, and it is wonderful! I’m only about a quarter of the way through, and everything is starting to gel as far as the plot goes. Because it is the story of a time traveler, nothing happens in an A-B-C fashion and at the beginning it can be difficult to tell what’s going on and when. The confusion subsided pretty quickly for me, though, and it’s a beautiful story I’m looking forward to finishing.

A friend’s recommendation derailed my plans to finish The Time Traveler’s Wife, though. She happened to mention Andy McNab’s ‘Nick Stone’ thriller series, and because I was curious, I downloaded the first book from the library. I finished it two days later, and immediately went for the second in the series.

Thrillers aren’t my chosen genre, normally, but McNab writes about a way of life he is intimately familiar with (he was in the British SAS). Nick Stone has a clear voice, and while it’s clear that he’s perfectly competent in his field, he is not always perfect. And in the first book, anyway, there isn’t a beautiful femme fatale he’s dragging around while obsessively describing her clothing choices. These books are quick reads and genuinely suspenseful without bordering on the ludicrous.

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