Like normal hours resuming at the Farmer’s Market, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.
I’m still reading the books I’ve already teased, but according to Goodreads, I remain three books ahead of schedule. So today, I thought I’d catch up on my reviews. Admittedly, they’re somewhat short, but rather short than nonexistent.
The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions by Maud Casey
This book was not what I expected, namely because I didn’t notice the subtitle. I’ve enjoyed previous books in this series from Graywolf Press, namely Art of History and Art of Death. This book was no exception.
Where I expected a discussion of plots and intrigue, I instead found a series of essays on setting mood, establishing pacing, and feelings of voice. I found drawn into it (just like a good mystery!) and added several books to my TBR, particularly Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”.
Head On by John Scalzi
I first discovered Scalzi’s work several years ago and rapidly and ravenously devoured everything by him I could get my hands on. Last year I drove two hours for a meet and greet for the launch of his new Collapsing Empire series.
This particular novel is the second book about Chris, a Hayden FBI agent first introduced in Lock In. As far as a crime novel goes, the clues aren’t particularly difficult to follow, though the motive remained a mystery to me to the very end. Where Scalzi excels is in his worldbuilding, creating a believable scenario of what he calls “the near future”. Perhaps, like Isaac Azimov, Scalzi will become just as well known for his predictions as for his fiction.