― Frank Zappa
I must admit that I have had a great deal of fun catching up on my reading for this blog. When you take into account that reading is one of my favorite pastimes, imagine my glee at having to tell Arthur that the laundry (or dishes or cleaning) will have to wait because I am "working," as I sit there with book in lap. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Speaking of tough jobs, J. D. Robb brings police detective Eve back for the 40th time in
Obsession in Death. I love that Eve and hubby Roarke still keep us interested after so many peeks into their lives. This one makes me think about love, obsession and emotions that just can't be quantified. The villain in this book kills people that he/she thinks wronged Eve. "A true and loyal friend" will balance the scales of justice while ridding the world of those who do not treat Eve with the respect she deserves. Obviously no one wants a love so obsessed as to take a life without any remorse, but how many people long for a love that puts them on an unshakeable pedestal?
I decided long ago that pedestals are way too shaky for me. Too much pressure to be perfect for anyone. Personally, I don't put anyone on a pedestal either. I love Arthur and my kids (and all of their faults) with every bit of my heart, and I would find perfection way too boring.
Speaking of boring, I admit that there are times that I just don't finish a book. I read a great deal and don't want to waste my time on a book that can't hold my interest. That being said, I think that I sometimes miss good books because I give up too soon. I did not give up on Andy Siegel's newest book, Cookie's Case, because even though the prologue and first chapter were troubling, I decided that the Tug Wyler series might build itself into an enjoyable read. The book had its moments, and I am hoping that Siegel gets a better handle on portraying women in time for book three. I am willing to give him another try because some of his characters did give me a chuckle.
I will close this week with wishes for a very loving and happy Valentine's Day for all madderly review readers, because pedestals or not, we all need a little love in our lives.
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