Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Reading Away...

After finishing Clive Cussler's The Assassin, I read through National Geographic's Atlas of North American Indians.  In the past day and a half, I've read The Cat Sitter's Whiskers by John and Blaize Clement, and just finished Haunted, a new Hannah Smith mystery by Randy Wayne White.  I am now re-reading C J Cherryh's Tracker. I'm out of new books, and will have to visit the Public Library again…  *sigh*    If you're looking for a light-hearted mystery with a touch of romance, I highly recommend the Cat Sitter series, which takes place on Siesta Key.  A widowed pet sitter (and ex-deputy) takes care of various pets at various houses and helps solve crimes she encounters.   The Assassin is part of the Isaaac Bell series - if you like history and mystery combined, along with a fast pace and discussion about planes, trains, and automobiles of the early 20th century, you'll love this series.  Randy Wayne White has written several non-fiction books, but is also the creator of two highly readable and entertaining series - one about marine biologist Marion "Doc" Ford and his unknown black  ops  escapades; the other is about Hannah Smith, a woman who runs a charter-fishing business and an investigative agency on the side.  Both of these series are set near and around Sanibel Island (Florida), southern Florida, Cuba, and several other countries (for Doc Ford).  Hannah Smith is the fictions great-grand daughter of two of South Florida's most well-known pioneer women - Hannah and Sarah Smith.  You get a  lot of education regarding the areas, fishing and history in every one of Mr White's books.  I can't put any of them down - or don't want to - once I start reading them.  And I wrote about the atevi world created by C J Cherryh at the end of last month.  I would love to be there.  The cat that I lost to poisoning 4-plus years ago was named Banichi, after a main character in Cherryh's series; Nedi is short for Cenedi-ji, also a main character.  I do love my books and authors!
   Will we have a Triple Crown Champion after Saturday evening?  Who will win the Epsom Derby?  Everything in those two questions can only be answered by "racing luck."  What will the trainers and riders strategies be?  How well will everyone break from the gate?  Will there be early speed?  Will the winner just keep getting faster with each furlong, as Secretariat did?  We'll have to wait until Saturday to find out.

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