Sunday, November 17, 2013

Books finished today - The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson, One Second After, William R. Forstchen

I had been posting recent reads on my home page with a link to my review. Suddenly the widget I was using won't allow links so I'm looking at other ways of keeping track. Anyway, I usually have 3 or 4 books going at a time, sometimes more. This leads to the very bizarre chance that I will sometimes finish more than one sizable book on a particular day. I'm really swamped so it will be a while before I can get my reviews done on The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson and for my book club, One Second After by William Forstchen.

It had been a long time since I had last read one of Mott's delicious culinary mysteries and it was nice to The Whole Enchilada starts with a birthday party to celebrate Arch's seventeenth birthday and the birthday of a lifelong friend born the same day. Holly, one of Goldy's close friends in the days after their divorces from doctors, and the mother of the other birthday boy, drops dead of an apparent heart attack when leaving the party. But, since this is a Goldy Schulz mystery, of course Holly's death turns out to be a murder. As Goldy tries to figure it out, events from the past come into play.
revisit her and the people in her life.

A total change of pace is One Second After, Fortchen's 2009 cautionary tale of the potential for an
EMP caused apocalypse. I'm looking forward to meeting with my book club next Saturday to discuss it. It brings up lots of interesting questions. I am definitely not a prepper or a survivalist but I do believe in being self sufficient and using good sense. Ilsa Bick's Ashes, the first in a YA trilogy, also uses an EMP to bring on the end of the world as we know it. Personally, after an EMP apocalypse, I imagine librarians may play a major role in rebuilding, with their ability to find and organize information.

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