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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday Salon May 11, 2008 - the Afternoon Edition

Good morning, fellow Salon members! I hope every one has had a wonderful week, and a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

It has rained here for the better part of all day now. It's been a nice steady rain, a little on the cooler side, but not so bad that we've had to close the windows. I love listening to the rain. It reminds me of when I lived in Florida, and that during the summer you could almost be guaranteed a little rain shower each evening. Of course, that was years ago, before the crazy weather patterns they've had lately down there. There is just something soothing to my soul about the sound of rain.

As you can plainly see, this is the first post since my last TSS post, so it has been a slow reading week. My job became joltingly busy in one week's time, and I wasn't getting home until at least 7pm most evenings, and after looking at 18,000+ white page listings a day (I work as production manager for an independent telephone book publishing company), I wasn't much in the mood for reading. I think my books all cried a little this week and felt very neglected.

I've been enjoying J.F. Englert's A Dog Among Diplomats, his follow-up book to A Dog About Town. These books are just plain fun. They follow the adventures of Randolph, a Black lab who lives in Manhattan with his owner Harry, and it's all about murder mysteries that Randolph solves (yes, you read that right, Randolph the Black lab solves the murders!). Just a lot of fun.

I'm continuing with Jeff Smith's Bone. The plot is thickening! So far we have been introduced to the Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone. Phoney Bone (the richest Bone in Boneville) was run out of Boneville due to some sketchy business practices he was involved in, and his two cousins helped him to escape. They were separated in the desert, and Fone Bone found himself in a valley, where he befriends Thorn and her Grandma Ben. There are human-sized rat creatures who are looking for Phoney Bone, as he is somehow involved with their lord, the Hooded One, even though Phoney Bone (nor the read at this point) knows what that connection is. There is also the Red Dragon, who is protecting Fone Bone from danger, and Thorn has been having dreams from when she was a child and left in the protection of dragons (the Red Dragon included). Grandma Ben apparently fought the rat creatures in the big war (when she was also called Rose) and knows something about the Red Dragon as well. It's interesting to see how all these plot points are being created, and I'm intrigued to see how they start to come together.

Well that's all for today. Hopefully I will be able to finish A Dog Among Diplomats later this evening and will be able to post up a review then.

Happy reading everyone!


jlshall said...

The "Dog" books sound like fun - I've been seeing them mentioned a lot lately but guess I didn't realize they were mysteries. There are a lot of cat-related mystery series out there, but not many with dogs. I'll have to check them out. The Salon is SO educational, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

One thing is clear, you don't live in the UK. After the summers we've been having recently no one would claim that the sound of rain was soothing to their soul - quite the opposite, in fact. But this week it doesn't matter because we are having beautiful weather. The Dog books sound great. I have no difficulty believing a black Lab could be that clever. Most of those I've known have definitely been cleverer than me. I hope the work pressure eases up a bit. I can hear your grieving books from here.

Irish said...

I hate when work life interferes with my down time like that! May things slow up enough at work soon so that you can give your books the love and attention that they deserve!!