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April 15, 2011

On Today’s Bookshelf (VII)

Adding to my TBR (to-be-read) pile seems to be a neverending process. Since the last On Today’s Bookshelf (VI), I have added the following books:

Hardcover —

  • The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide by Daniel Blatman
  • The Eichmann Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt
  • Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
  • Fugitive Justice: Runaways, Rescuers, and Slavery on Trial by Steven Lubet
  • William Bouguereau (2 vols.) by Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross
  • Blackveil by Kristen Britain

Hardcover — Preorder

  • The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings
  • Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • How Firm a Foundation by David Weber
  • The War That Came Early: The Big Switch by Harry Turtledove

eBooks — Nonfiction

  • Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today by David Clark
  • A Philosophical Dictionary (6 volumes) by Voltaire
  • Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
  • Hitler’s Pre-emptive War: The Battle for Norway 1940 by Henrik Lunde
  • Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow’s Spectacular Last Case by David E. Stannard

eBooks — Fiction

  • In Fire Forged: Worlds of Honor V edited by David Weber
  • Mrs. Quigley’s Kidnapping by Jean Sheldon
  • Deadly Withdrawal: An Aggie Underhill Mystery by Michelle Hollstein
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Letters from Earth by Mark Twain
  • Paid in Blood by Mel Odom
  • Warriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves
  • Stars Rain Down by Chris Randolph
  • Blue by Lou Aronica
  • Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  • Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  • You Can’t Stop Me by Max Allan Collins
  • Protector (Jane Perry Series #1) by Laurel Dewey
  • Medical Error by Richard Mabry
  • Sword Lord by Robert Leader
  • The Labyrinth by Kenneth McDonald
  • Arm of the Stone by Victoria Strauss
  • Redcoat by David Crookes
  • The Shepherd by Ethan Cross
  • The Twentyfirsters by Kekoa Lake
  • Rogue Forces by Dale Brown

Of the above listed books, I have read, and thus removed from the TBR pile, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, Blackveil by Kristen Britain, and Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow’s Spectacular Last Case by David E. Stannard. All three are excellent; I plan to do a review of Honor Killing as I think it is a particularly worthy book, even though the publisher did a terrible job creating an ebook version (words were dropped and too many sentences begin with “I” when it should be “It” or something else that begins with an “I”).

If you are reading or have read a particularly interesting book that you think others might enjoy, why not add a comment to this article and let us know. It is only by sharing our reading lists that we can broaden our exposure to worthwhile reads among the nearly 1 million books published each year, especially among the self-published/indie books.


  1. I just finished E.L. Doctorow’s latest book of short stories, All the Time in the World and recommend it highly. Wonderful writing!


    Comment by Diana Cooper — April 15, 2011 @ 9:57 am | Reply

  2. I’d like to repeat my recommendation of ‘Tweets from Tahrir’. I was in Cairo for a week as the revolution was beginning, and it was one of the most exhilarating weeks of my life. The book is entirely consistent with what I saw and heard.

    Regards, Alex


    Comment by Alex Bell — April 16, 2011 @ 2:09 am | Reply

  3. I wouldn’t think it would cost e-book publishers much to have a published book proofread for the e-version—and avoid your disappointment with its quality.


    Comment by JoyfulA — April 16, 2011 @ 9:54 am | Reply

  4. Impressive review. And as well as grammatical and other literary considerations there’s the sloppy OCR work that mistakes dashes for hyphens and inserts spaces where none were intended.


    Comment by Paul Wigmore — April 16, 2011 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  5. I favor series, and have recently discovered William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor crime series, set in northern Minnesota in the Boundary Waters area and love it.

    I also favor quiet, philosophical stories, with spiritual overtones, and have found them in Jan Karon’s works and also Alexander McCall Smith’s, particularly the Isabel Dalhousie/Sunday Philosopher’s Club series.

    My all-time favorite novelist is Dick Francis. The works at the end of his ouvre, co-written with his son, aren’t quite the same.

    I could go on, but these are the ones at the top of my mind. Taste is everything, so your mileage may vary.


    Comment by Carolyn — April 27, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

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