Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jack Reacher - A Series to Consider

Today I went downstairs to take a shower. I opened the shower curtain to turn on the water and nearly fainted. There on the shower wall and the floor were streaks of red and a red puddle on the floor. All I could think of is the movie Psycho or the Headless Gremlin had come in during the night to wash up. Only those who have read a previous blog of mine will understand the headless gremlin reference. Imagine my relief when I discovered it was only a bottle of strawberry shampoo that had fallen over.

This experience reminded me of one of my favorite authors and mystery book series. I know it's a stretch but bear with me. Although I don't read many books, I love books. My entire family reads real books all the time, but my personality does not allow me to do that. I listen to my books so I can do other things at the same time. I knit or cook or just wander around. There is a clinical name for this condition but I prefer to call it multitasking. We have a small WMA player which will play protected WMA files.   I can download books from our library website to the computer and then transfer them.  This tiny little device holds many books.  You don't have to leave the house and all the books are free.  I either listen directly from earphones or in the car.  We have a FM transmitter which plugs directly into the player and the car socket (used to be called the cigarette lighter socket).  Then we tune in to a preset radio station and everyone in the car can listen to the book through the radio.

One of the series we like are the Jack Reacher thrillers by Lee Child. My sister introduced us to this author many years ago. Although I haven't seen the movie, Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. The voice of Dick Hill, the reader, is Jack to me. Jack is tough, 6'5”, 250 pounds, ice blue eyes and dirty blonde hair.. If you haven't read or listened to these books you might enjoy them although they are a little violent at times and he always has a tall thin blonde to entertain him. I am such a non violent person, but this character and his personality outweighs the violence and I vacuum or hum during the interactions with the blonde.

For Christmas we received the latest Lee Child book signed by the author called “A Wanted Man".  It is the 17th Jack Reacher thriller.  My sister and niece had the pleasure of seeing Lee Child in person and obtained this signed copy.  Although I haven't read it yet or listened to it, I'm sure it will live up to the others.

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