Friday, February 4, 2011
Anywhere you go, you can talk about books
I did not have my iPad with me this trip and had finished the book I brought with me and was feeling restless. There is one snack stand in the United area at the Syracuse airport. It also serves as the bookstore. I needed something to read and saw "Persuader" by Lee Child. Score. But wait, it's not the newest one. It's the 7th in the series. Had I read it? I looked at the back cover and really could not remember. So I consulted my own book blog. Yes, that is pretty geeky. But luckily I had not read this one so went back to the snack stand to buy it.
The cashier asked me if my pizza had been ok and looked at what I was buying. Her co-worker walked by and said "I'm reading that one right now! I love Jack Reacher!". I agreed that I enjoyed the books and admired her for reading them in order. We both marveled that the books have not been turned into a movie. She said she would love to see a Jack Reacher movie. It was a nice break in killing time and it was fun to have an exchange with someone so passionate about what she is reading.
I would put this one in the top third of the Reacher books. Some of the incidents at the end seem a little weak but I will cut Lee Child a break. Excellent set-up and great technique with the parallel stories. I enjoyed this one and it did exactly what it was supposed to do - keep me entertained while sitting in an airport. I wasn't far from home, I was solving a mystery. Plus I pass Reacher books along to J. so they get double use. I am also slightly obsessed with the 4" x 7" trade paperback format. Hey, I wonder if the narrowness helps get more titles onto an airport shelf. I think I just figured out my own mystery!
Happy travels and reading!
One last comment about traveling and e-readers. I was recalling my Syracuse story to a friend at a party and she said she often goes to the airport bookstore to get title ideas. Then she downloads the book onto her Kindle! Can't beat e-readers for travel. I don't think I'll leave mine at home again.