I blame it all on the dustbuster. Seriously. If I hadn't decided to buy a dustbuster from Amazon, and if I hadn't seen that promotion on books, and if I hadn't taken a look at what was available... well, you get my drift. It's all that dustbuster's fault (which works beautifully might I add).
If I hadn't been led astray, I would not have received any books this week. Instead of posting, I could float around in the pool and polish my halo.
Too bad about that halo. It really REALLY needs some polish.
This past week, I sent 5 books to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes, and received 3 after a fit of weakness at Amazon. Here's the rundown on the books I received:
- Redneck Haiku by Mary K. Witte (Amazon). "The redneck lifestyle is exposed through the hilariously antithetical filter of formal Japanese haiku in this collection of original verses. Each of the over 100 wickedly funny poems contains just three lines and 17 syllables, yet together they address the whole spectrum of redneck culture, including RVs, Wal-Mart, beer, Pop-Tarts, pickups, monster trucks, NASCAR, boats, trailers, trailer parks, barns, hunting, shotguns, dogs, Las Vegas, and the lottery." I enjoy writing haiku, and I've been known to do a redneck thing or two, so this should be an entertaining read.
- The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (Amazon). "On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwise—one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed—and he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years." This is one of those mysteries that I've heard nothing but good about for a long time. I thought it was finally time to get my hands on a copy.
- Vodka Doesn't Freeze by Leah Giarratano (Amazon). "When a middle-aged man is brutally murdered in the hills overlooking a children's pool, it is immediately clear to Sergeant Jill Jackson that someone has stopped a dangerous pedophile in his tracks. Jill is at first ambivalent about pursuing the killer, but when more men die—all of them known to police as child sex offenders—she is forced to admit that a serial killer is on the loose. As the investigation deepens, Jill unearths a long-established pedophile ring, a club of wealthy men who have thought until now that that they were untouchable. As she faces predators and their victims, a psychotherapist losing her mind, and her own nightmares come to life, Jill is forced to decide whether or not she really wants to catch this killer." Another book that I've heard a lot of good about, so it was time to bring it on home.
Have you read any of these titles? Would you recommend them? Which ones?
Now it's time for me to see all the goodies everyone else has received-- just like Christmas!