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Reviews:
Affinity by J.N. Williamson
Ashenden or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthessen
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
To Bathe in Lightning by Anne Gay
The Bird Shaman's Girl by Judith Moffett
Birthday Card, Where Are You? by Harriet Ziefert
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell Bleach 4 by Tite Kubo
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize by David A Adler
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
Class President by Johanna Hurwitz
The Diamond Shadow by Fred Chappell
Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
Fortunately by Remy Charlip
The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper by Timothy Foote
Honesty: Zach's Tall Tale by Shelagh Canning
Journey to the Orange Islands by Tracey West
Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon 3) by Tony Abbott
Mystery of the Moaning Cave by William Arden
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Recreation Room by Albert E. Cowdrey
Responsibility: Annie Shows Off by Shelagh Canning
Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
Sock at Work by Shelagh Canning
The Star to Every Wandering Barque by James Stoddard
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell Thundershock in Pummelo Stadium by Tracey West
Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb

Nanowrimo
Thoughts on Writing
Thoughts on Stereotypes
Finished on a Cliffhanger

Miscellaneous
Blogging Rituals
The Butt Ugly 1970s
Car Keys
Change of Plans
Harriet's Crib
The Long Drive Home
Mount Diablo and My Inner Surveyor
Reading Bones
Saturday
Spider-man 3
A Visit

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for To Bathe in Lightning

To Bathe in LightningTo Bathe in Lightning: 11/07/07

To Bathe in Lightning is the sequel to Dancing on the Volcano. I came to this book without having read the first book. I am a firm believer that books in a series should stand alone because it's not always possible to read all the books in the series.

I am feeling very mixed brained about my first time reading book by Anne Gay. She seems capable of building complex worlds and populating them with a variety of characters and cultures. Unfortunately either as a result of coming in halfway through the story or because of the nature of the Second Wave plot, I felt like an outsider only understanding every other sentence. I never really found a character I liked or comprehended. Without that connection I never really cared about all the machinations and backstabbing and whatnot even though the characters themselves were clearly fighting for their lives.

Despite my lukewarm reaction to To Bathe in Lightning I am intrigued enough by Anne Gay's writing to want to try again. If I find a copy of Dancing on the Volcano I will read it. Or if I see another of her books, I will try it too.

I read this book for the "Unread Authors Challenge" run by Sycoraxpine.

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