so many books

January 17, 2023

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun
If It Bleeds by Stephen King

I guess I’ll start with Stephen Kings If It Bleeds. I was kind of skeptical going into it, knowing his latest books weren’t what he normally writes. The last couple books, the more recent ones, I tried to read I had to put down. The last book I read of his was Hearts In Atlantis, which had to be at least 15 years ago. Maybe? It had been a long, long time. And I love Stephen Kings stories.

The book had four short stories in it: Mr Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, If It Bleeds, and Rat. The Life of Chuck was the weirdest, as it starts at the end and ends at the beginning, by chapter. I wouldn’t say the book is up there with It, The Stand, or Tommyknockers, but it was good.

The Cat who knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun was a good, short read. With 16 or 17 chapters, it only took me a few days to read. I could have finished it sooner, but I paced it to about a chapter or so a day. It is the seventh book in The Cat Who series. I also have The Cat Who Saw Red, which I will be reading soon.

In this mystery in the bestselling Cat Who series, there’s something rotten in the small town of Pickax
—at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum.

“An accident has claimed the life of the local paper’s eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder. They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko’s snooping into an unusual edition of Shakespeare may prove CATastrophic… because somewhere in Pickax, a lady loves not wisely but too well, a widow is scandalously merry, and a stranger has a lean and hungry look. The stage is set for Qwilleran, Koko, Yum Yum, and the second act of murder most meow…”

The next book is…

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

I know there’s two books. I bought the bigger, hardback copy, then a former client of mine gave me the paperback one. The paperback has a couple pages on the author’s life. Other than that, they’re basically the same. Well, the hardback also has illustrations in it.

I’m reading the paperback, and will probably put the hardback on the shelf. I doubt I’ll get rid of either. While they’re both the same, for the most part, I think the hardback is geared more towards children.

“Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid.
That’s the worst kind of cowardice.”

~ Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

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