Klewless title 25/50: Shift Omnibus by Hugh Howey
I don't usually read science fiction. For some reason I picked up Howey's Wool last year, and was immediately captivated. This self-published title provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic future, and how an insulated society is forced to survive. This title, Shift, is the second in the "Silo" trilogy. It picks up where Wool leaves off, and is billed as a prequel. I highly recommend reading them in order. A significant portion of this book was spent retelling the same story as presented in Wool, from the opposing viewpoint, and as such provides some filler in the retelling. I can't say that these are pushing me to pursue more science fiction, but I will read Dust which is the final book in the series.
Klewless title 26/50: The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler
I honestly think that the only reason I continue to read Cussler is because I have already invested in the whole series. I know that at the rate these are being churned out, he is obviously a disciple of the James Patterson school, and no longer writing these himself. This one was particularly formulaic, and actually hard to stick with. At some point I will write off the series, but until then hopefully Mr. Cussler will up his game, and perhaps refocus solely on the Dirk Pitt stories. Worth skipping.
Klewless title 27/50: Providence Rag by Bruce Desilva
This is the third title in the Liam Mulligan series. Mulligan is a grizzled newspaper veteran who works for the Providence Rhode Island daily newspaper. Hiring in initially as a sports reporter, he was pulled into criminal investigative reporting in the earlier titles, and his talents have earned him respect from editors and law enforcement contacts alike. This title takes on a darker tone, offering commentary on juvenile justice issues in today's society, and what happens when those being locked up shouldn't be.....or maybe they should. In any case, not preachy at all, and another excellent work from this author. I highly recommend this series.
Klewless title 28/50: Hunting Season by Andrea Camilleri
Very different from the Montalbano series. This tale takes place in 1800's Sicily, and what happens in a small town when a stranger comes calling. A very short tale full of twists and turns. I was having trouble with this one at first, due to lack of interest, but it was worth sticking with.