Monday, March 06, 2006
Catching Up on Reading
I read two books this weekend -- Mary Mary by James Patterson and The Twelfth Card by Jeffrey Deaver. The James Patterson book was an Alex Cross novel, so I enjoyed that -- often Patterson's books are so transparent you figure out the whodunnit way in advance, but I liked this one. I've been a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver, read everything the man ever wrote, and this book was pretty good, although there were a couple really unbelievable plot twists that I didn't think he needed to throw in there.
Went to the library today and forgot my book list so I picked up a book at random, and it looks like it will be interesting -- The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre . It's historical fiction, about the man who invented the daguerreotype. All the mercury that was used for those made him go mad. Mercury was also used by hat makers (hence the origin of the phrase, "mad as a hatter") -- frightening that they didn't know how dangerous mercury was back then! The one little bit that I read before deciding to check the book out described Louis rolling a KEG of the stuff down the street back to his studio.
Books -- there are so MANY I want to read!