Friday, June 24, 2011

The Devil Colony

A new James Rollins book! Hurrah!

Waaaaaaay back here, I gave a quick review of The Doomsday Key. Now, TWO YEARS LATER, the next book in the series has finally been released. It was supposed to come out last summer, but due to various things he had to push back the release date. Which I was fine with. I'd much rather see him take his time to produce a quality book than rush it out and have it be sloppy. But, that doesn't mean I wasn't disappointed to get a new James Rollins book last year. He is definitely my favorite author. Some of his books are better than others, but there hasn't been a single one that I didn't enjoy. As I said two years ago: Dan Brown was my introduction to the thriller genre; James Rollins was the one who got me hooked.

Anyway. I digress.

So, The Devil Colony finally came out earlier this week. I was at the bookstore when they opened at 10am, and finished it at about 8:30 that evening. I rarely buy books, and pretty much never buy one without having read it first . . . but Rollins is the exception to the rule.

It was great, as I knew it would be. Not my favorite in the series, which was slightly disappointing, though I don't know exactly what I was hoping for that would have earned it that title.

Another good thing about this one is that I think the story stands on its own pretty well, moreso than some of the more recent books in the series. Make no mistake, there are references to past events, but nothing that you need to be intimately familiar with. Of course, I personally think the whole series is worth reading (as are all of his stand-alone novels), and reading this one first could make some of the earlier ones less enjoyable. But, it's an entertaining story, if you're looking for something to read this summer.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Wow, great streak this morning . . .

Hot for Teacher
Back in Black
One Way or Another
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Jessie's Girl
Keep on Loving You
You Shook Me All Night Long
Don't Stop Believin'

If only it would have gone to Summer of '69 after that. Or maybe some classic Bon Jovi.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mini Bookworms

So, I was out for my walk today, and there's a playground that I go by. It was pretty quiet this morning, but as I got closer I realized that it wasn't actually empty. There were two girls there (in different areas so I don't know if they were together or not) and they were both reading. It just so reminded me of something I would have done at that age, heading to the playground with a book in hand after having been instructed to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and then sitting and reading instead of playing.