Monday, February 6, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at  Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.   

Finished this week: 
Synopsis here.
WOW is all I can say. I first heard of this book while reading a Darker Domain and immediately downloaded it. It is a long read but so definitely worth it.
Each chapter alternates between the heart-breaking diaries of two miners, Martin and Peter, and the politics of the strike. 
This is not for the feint of heart, it is disturbing, violent and dark.
Peace covers the strike from most angles - the miners, the police, the government, the union, the secret services. Nobody but the miners come out of this looking good but at what cost to them and their families? Peace highlights how the government was prepared to stop at nothing in order to win, and how the media (including the BBC and press) assisted with this travesty.

Started last week and still in my reading pile:
Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)
Synopsis here.

Also started this week:

The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone, #6)
From the book jacket:
The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?

That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.

2012 books read:
The Coast Road - John Brady
Still Midnight - Denise Mina
The Bulgari Connection - Fay Weldon
Good Bait - John Harvey
The Heretic's Treasure - Scott Mariani 
Dead I Well May Be - Adrian McKinty
The Devil's Elixir - Raymond Khoury 
A Darker Domain - Val McDermid
The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin
GB84 - David Peace


  1. I like the Cotton Malone series too. I haven't read this one yet. I'll have to look for it.

  2. I have several Peter James books on my shelves to read

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. I've enjoyed several books by Denise Mina. I'm going to check this one out.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.


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