I like to read, and I read a lot. So hopefully I’ll have enough subject material to share. I don’t have any great themes ready yet, but I’m reminded of how Bill Gates and Paul Allen got their big break. They had launched Microsoft, but I believe they were a bit unready when IBM came calling and asked the young software company to provide the operating system for their Personal Computer. Microsoft had acquired an operating system called QDOS for Quick and Dirty Operating System, and that ended up being MS-DOS (the PC’s operating system) and the rest is history. So this will start out as a QD blog, and hopefully move forward from that.
Many folks have heard of or seen True Blood, an HBO series that ran seven seasons and garnered both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Not me, never saw an episode. But the creator of the books behind the series, Charlaine Harris, spoke at a conference I went to last year, so I decided to read some of her titles. Although she’s written SIX series including the one “True Blood” was based on, I picked her most recent series on which to cut my teeth (no vampire pun intended).
It started with Midnight Crossroad,
continued with Day Shift
and just concluded with Night Shift.
So what’s it about?
Characters: a friendly witch, a “good” vampire, a female assassin for hire, an internet psychic who is also the real deal, and other perhaps even more strange residents of an extremely small rural town.
Setting: Midnight, Texas – a middle of nowhere, “wide spot in the road,” “sneeze and you’ll miss it” town. By the end of the trilogy it will become as much of a character as the macabre inhabitants.
Audience: mystery readers, supernatural aficionados, and/or folks who grew up or spent time in miniscule rural communities.
Essentially, the residents of Midnight do what they can to keep their town and themselves “off the map” despite forces almost, but not quite, beyond their control.
I’d recommend all three books of the trilogy, as there really was not a drop off in quality in my opinion. It wraps up fairly neatly, with the multitude of mysteries and questions raised in book one almost all answered by the conclusion of the third and final title.
Check out the first book (in print, Large Print, or in eBook format) from FRL and let me know what you think!