What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

Carte Blanche - Carlo Lucarelli, Michael Reynolds Carte Blanche, at just over 100 pages, is really short. Instead of having the feel of a full blown detective novel, this one read more like an episode in a crime TV show. The premise of having a police officer who tries to enforce the law with drastically changing circumstances is an appealing one. DeLuca has changed the police force he belongs to (and looks like by the end of the novel he will have to again), but his goal is always to bring the criminals to justice. In some ways that is highly admirable, in other is makes it very confusing in a short novel to have such loose and varying allegiances. The good news is that DeLuca is a series detective and there are two more short novels after this one. Gritty historical noir wasn't at first my thing, but I still want to read the other two in the series to see what happens. It might be that I do really like the main character and that hasn't clicked yet, or that I want to see how an Italian police man reacts to the fall of the Fascists. Either way, this first novel in a series of Mediterranean crime novels has convinced me to read the rest.

Currently reading

Native Son
Richard Wright
The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
The Elder Edda
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