What I'm reading now: 11 May 13

The distant land of my Father-- Bo Caldwell (literary fiction)
Little princes: one man’s promise to bring home the lost children of Nepal--Conor Grennan (non-fiction)
Target--Simon Kernick (couldn’t get into it)
13 things that don’t make sense: the most baffling scientific mysteries of our time--Michael Brooks (non-fiction)
Think of a number--John Verdon

Think of a number--John Verdon

 I thought it was a rather original twist on a thriller concept: someone tells you (via a letter) that they know everything about you, and proceed to prove it by not once, but twice, predicting which random number you're going to choose. Not long after that, you die a strange and violent death... Dave Gurney, a retired homicide detective, gets pulled into the middle of this mystery by a friend who receives just such a letter, and is incapable of letting it go, despite opposition from the cops running the case and from his wife. There's wonderful character development here, and a beautiful depiction of a marriage that's dying, but might, just might, be saved. It's an excellent read, and the second Dave Gurney mystery is due out this summer.

Little Princes: one man’s promise to bring home the lost children of Nepal--Conor Grennan
Conor Grennan is about to blow his savings on a year traveling the world, but in order to look less self-absorbed, he decides to spend a few months volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal-- the "Little Princes" of the title. He knows nothing about kids, nothing about Nepal. Both manage to win his heart, and he finds himself setting out to reunite families with children taken from them by people traffickers. Grennan seems to have got past his need to make himself look good, and gives us an honest picture of Nepal, the children, and his own efforts to make a difference, however small. It's a good story, well-written, and well worth reading.

This weekend is the library book sale, and I went out and bought books... nineteen or twenty, plus about a dozen movies for my favorite videophile. All but five of said books were mysteries, and two of those five were purchased for other people. Oh dear, is my bias showing? Happily for me, I was able to buy at least one of the books I wanted to replace after they got water-damaged last spring. As for the others, well, I wasn't able to collect them all at once, so there's no reason to suppose I'll be able to replace them all at once.