Dy's Take

May 14, 2012

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

Filed under: Alternate History,Thriller,YA — Dy @ 10:31

(28) The Klaatu Diskos #1

I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, Hautman’s “Godless“* years ago, and picked this up in passing when I took my girl to the library one day. It was dark (not for the younger crowd; think 14 and up, despite the youth of the protagonist) and interesting and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to make it all make sense. It came to enough of a conclusion that I didn’t feel cheated, as sometimes happens at the end of a series novel, but left lots of room for more answers in the next book.

*Yes, that’s an Amazon link. No, it’s not an affiliate link.

February 12, 2012

Burn Notice: A New Day — Volume 1 by Ryan Johnson

Filed under: graphic novel,Thriller,TV — Dy @ 16:08

(10) Burn Notice GN #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

December 27, 2011

The List by J.A. Konrath

Filed under: Indie Author,Sci-Fi,Thriller — Dy @ 23:21



November 15, 2011

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

Filed under: Book Club,Disappointing,Thriller — Dy @ 13:07


As thrillers go, I didn’t find this one particularly thrilling. The characters felt flat, the pacing was slow and the cutting back and forth from past to present annoyed far more than it enlightened. All together a disappointing read, but not so awful that I refused to finish it.

October 13, 2011

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Filed under: Book Club,Disappointing,Thriller — Dy @ 11:04


September 7, 2011

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Filed under: Foreign,Thriller — Dy @ 02:33

(69) Millennium series #3

September 6, 2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Filed under: Book Club,Foreign,Thriller — Dy @ 23:45

( 68 ) Millennium series #2

June 15, 2011

Trace by Patricia Cornwell

Filed under: Mystery,Thriller — Dy @ 19:53

(44) Kay Scarpetta, book 13

I’m not sure why I keep reading these. I don’t really enjoy them, but I want to read them anyway. It’s like smoking…

Maybe I’m addicted to self-absorbed characters and excessive inner dialogue?

June 2, 2011

The Naming of the Beasts by Mike Carey

(43)  Felix Castor, book 5

Okay… There are rumors of a 6th book in this series, but I’m not sure where it’d come from. Everything wrapped up so tidily I’m afraid there may not be anymore Felix 😦

Great, great book — and nice to see Felix hanging out with a human girl for a change. LOVED the ghost escape, quite possibly my fave part of the whole book.

May 29, 2011

Thicker Than Water by Mike Carey

Filed under: Mystery,Paranormal,Series I Love,Thriller — Dy @ 22:39

(42) Felix Castor, book 4

So SO so good!

I finally got tired of waiting for my local library to catch up with my reading ambitions and bought the last two books in the Castor series (thus far… there are rumors of a 6th in the works…).

I read through the day, into the evening, and to the small hours of the night blazing through this.  And I don’t regret a minute of it.

With Thicker Than Water, I really see Carey growing as a novelist — his plotting and characters have always been great and multidimensional, but he suffered from the British author’s (Mieville!) inability to jump in with both feet at the beginning of the story. Not anymore.  This was a FAB read and I can’t wait to read the next one.

I will, since I have a long day in a hospital waiting room tomorrow and I’m saving it for then. For now, I’m slogging through Trace and wondering why I felt it necessary to get caught up on the Scarpetta series…

October 15, 2010

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Filed under: Movie Books,Thriller — Dy @ 04:28


I haven’t seen the movie, but the trailers intrigued me enough that I decided to buy the book when it came across as a Kindle cheapie a couple of months ago. I am SO glad I did.  I read a lot of suspense/mystery/thrillers (though not, apparently, this year—how the heck is it that I bought an e-book reader and have read less this year than any of the previous 4?!) and can usually spot the ending by the middle of the book.

Two chapters away from the end and I didn’t see this coming. SO GOOD. I loved the little puzzles along the way and how, when Lehane spells it out for you at the end you can look back and see the clues he dropped, and still not have seen it coming…


October 12, 2010

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Filed under: Sci-Fi,Thriller — Dy @ 18:43


*grumble* WHAT is up with these hella long books with disappointing endings?

I kept falling for characters, just to see them die. And while we know the world went on, based on how the excerpts are framed, we don’t know how the world got from apocalypse to, “Hey, look how dumb we were 1000 yrs ago conferences…” I just wanted MORE.

And less.  There were a few peripheral characters who could’ve done with a lot less backstory (maybe then the author would have had time/pages/energy to answer all my questions.

A good book, overall, but the first half is a sloooowwwww. Not sure I’d recommend it, my anger about the ending is still too fresh.

September 3, 2010

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon

Filed under: Book Club,Paranormal,Thriller — Dy @ 18:22


Meh. I didn’t find it as creepy as most of the others did, but I wasn’t exactly thrilled with it, either. You can read it, you might like it. I won’t read it again.

August 9, 2010

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Filed under: Horror,Thriller — Dy @ 18:09


Okay, I’m willing to admit that there were an extremely limited number of possible explanations for the main premise of this book. BUT, I think King went with the weakest choice.

Or maybe I’m just jealous because I wrote a poem in 8th grade that bore the same underlying concept and, well, I’m not Stephen King. I’ve read enough of his work, though, to be glad I don’t live in that head!

Overall, I liked the hardboiled, on a clock feel and the wonderfully evil town father. Could have done with a little less gore, though, especially at the very beginning–that almost put me off the book altogether; it was a LOT of blood a very few pages in.

Mostly, though, I felt cheated at the end. That was a ~lot~ of book to wade through for a paltry, forced feeling payoff at the end.

August 2, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Filed under: Book Club,LitFic,Series I Like,Thriller — Dy @ 17:53

(44) Millennium trilogy, book 1

I agree with a friend of mine that they should have retained the original Swedish title for this, “The Man Who Hated Women,” because it was more accurate.  Read this for book club and bought the 2nd one.  I just… It didn’t stick with me the way I expected it to after the rave reviews some friends gave it.  Maybe I’ll re-read it before I tackle volume 2 which (a) I bought so I could read more and (b) the book club is doing some time next year because the female protag intrigued several of us.

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