Let’s read books!
Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, a big grey cat, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea.
Masters of the Living Energy: The Mystical World of the Q’ero of Peru by Joan Parisi Wilcox. An in-depth exploration and explanation of the Q’ero world straight practicing Q’ero shamans. Though they’re not really shamans; read the book to understand more. If you’re curious about Q’ero spirituality, get this and read.
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams. In the tradition of Bill Bryson, author Mark Adams is the guy who works behind the desk at Adventure Magazine, but never goes on adventures. For this book he steps out from behind the desk and conquers the Andes mountains while re-creating Machu Picchu ‘discovery’ by Hiram Bingham III in 1911. If you’re going to Machu Picchu or treking through Peru, be sure to read this before you go.
The Andean Codex by J.E. Williams. Part memoir, part explanation, I read this just before leaving for Peru, and it provided me with basic background to understand the world of the Q’ero.
She Who Remembers by Linda Lay Shuler. I read this 1988 historical fiction just before I left for Peru. Fitting, really, as it imagines the lives of the Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon peoples. The portrait of female power was inspiring. This is the first of a triology; the other two books (that I have not read) are Voice of the Eagle and Let The Drum Speak. I may have to grab these in Kindle format.
When Bunnies Go Bad by Clea Simon. Another in the Pru Marlowe mystery series. Pru can hear what animals think, which means that her job as a dog walker leads her into interesting situations. This time there are bunnies, dogs, and her ever intriguing cat Wallis. Good stuff.
The “Southern Sisters” mysteries by Anne George. I took four of these novels to Peru and they were perfect travel companions: light, entertaining, and utterly Southern. They’re starting to show their age, though, as the characters were just buying their first computers. Recommended: Murder Makes Waves, Murder Shoots The Bull, Murder Carries A Torch, and Murder Boogies With Elvis.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Not quite just another dystopian young adult novel, this is about a particularly talented psychic. It helps that the main character is a powerful twenty-something. It doesn’t help that there’s another book that picks up where this ends. Just leave well enough alone already, please. Some stories don’t need sequels.
The Why Did I Bother
Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving. It’s a well written, intricate story, but drags on and on. Definitely not Cider House Rules or World According To Garp. Spoiler Alert: there is no resolution regarding the two mysterious women, or why Juan Diego allows them to drag him around so much. Or maybe I’m missing something.
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