Okay, it's almost the end of March and I don't think I'm going to finish another book before the month is out.
I listened to:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman as read by Neil Gaiman
It was quite fantastic. Love Neil's reading. It's a little more of a classic Fairy Tale for adults than Neverwhere which is the whole contemporary ordinary guy gets sucked into something extraordinary/magical trope (and done quite well, of course). Stardust doesn't have any contemporary ordinary to it. It just jumps in feet first into Faeryland. Loved it.
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
I really liked the intro, which was quite long, and gave the background on each story or poem. I kept going back to it time and time again. I don't know where I head read "How To Talk To Girls" before, but I definitely had although it was supposed to be previously unpublished. Maybe I picked up the book before or maybe it's since been published elsewhere. I enjoyed this, definitely, but not quite as much as the novels which give me more to sink my teeth into.
The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid
After summer rains uncover a corpse bearing tattoos like those of eighteenth-century seafarers, many residents of the English Lake District can’t help but wonder whether it’s the body of one of the town’s most legendary fugitives.
Scholar and native Lakelander Jane Gresham feels compelled to finally discover the truth about the myths and buried secrets rooted in her hometown. What she never expected was to find herself at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. And with each new lead she pursues, death follows hard on her heels….
I quite liked this. I've gotten into mysteries/crime especially British and especially Scottish over the past several years. I've read some others of Val McDermid's series with Carol Jordan and Tony Hill and they were pretty good, but didn't grab me as much as this one did which is not part of that series. I've got another of her Tony Hill novels to try, too.
Wide Open by Deborah Coates
Wide Open by Deborah Coates is the first book in a series of “startlingly original” (Booklist) contemporary dark fantasy novels set against the sweeping prairies and desolate byways of the American Midwest, creating “a rural backwater where the normal and paranormal seamlessly merge.” (Publishers Weekly)
When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days' compassionate leave, her sister Dell's ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.
The sheriff says that Dell's death was suicide, but Hallie doesn't believe it. The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn't have to.
I enjoyed this. It had a nice quick pace to it. It wasn't heavy despite the subject matter. I thought it was an interesting combo of mystery and supernatural with more emphasis on the mystery part. There were some plot holes and I didn't understand all the motivations, but the pacing kept it moving along and made it enjoyable.