In 2013, I achieved my goal made in 2011, to read all of the Nero Wolfe mysteries in the order they were written. I did not expect it to take this long although I did read other books in between the Wolfe mysteries so as to have a little variety in my reading entertainment. Rex Stout did an excellent job with the series. I am glad I took the time to enjoy them all.
Early in the year I discovered the book, the Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. There is an interesting story behind his inspiration to write the book, which I wrote about in a previous article titled The Eaters of the Dead / The 13th Warrior.
It has been a year for re-reading some old favorites that were finally released as an e-book. I was overjoyed to find the Fletch series by Gregory McDonald on e-book. I was even more excited to get the Timothy Cone and Archie McNally stories by Lawrence Sanders.
I also read A Memory of Light, which is the final book in the Wheel of Time series. Brandon Sanderson did a fantastic job completing the epic Week of Time series started by Robert Jordan and tragically cut short when Jordan died of cancer.
I enjoyed a couple more Michael Crichton stories with the books Prey and Micro. Micro is a very intense story about some MIT grad students that get shrunk down to a half inch tall and have to survive in an Hawaiian jungle. This story would make a great movie in the style of Jurassic Park.
I decided to try some books written by a couple of Clive Cussler’s co-authors. I decided to start with Jack Du Brul, who worked with Cussler on several of the Oregon Files series books. Vulcan’s Forge introduces us to Phillip Mercer, who is a mining engineer.
Since A Memory of Light was so good I decided to try a few other books by Brandon Sanderson. His book, The Way of Kings, was on sale for $2.99. I bought it on an impulse but did not get around to reading it for months. I was inspired to start the book when I discovered a student in one my classes was reading the book.
This is the first book in his Stormlight series. It was fantastic! I have already pre-ordered the next book in the series, due to be released in March of 2014. This led me to try his Mistborn series, which I also give a high rating.
- The Final Deduction – Rex Stout
- Eaters of the Dead – Michael Crichton
- Stonehenge – Bernard Cornwell
- 1356 – Bernard Cornwell
- Homicide Trinity – Rex Stout
- Confess Fletch – Gregory McDonald
- Fletch’s Fortune – Gregory McDonald
- The Barbary Pirates – William Dietrich
- Gambit – Rex Stout
- The Mother Hunt – Rex Stout
- Fletch and the Widow Bradley – Gregory McDonald
- Right to Die – Rex Stout (Published in 1964. 30 years of Wolfe stories)
- The Timothy Files – Lawrence Sanders
- McNally’s Secret – Lawrence Sanders
- McNally’s Luck – Lawrence Sanders
- The Doorbell Rang – Rex Stout
- McNally’s Risk – Lawrence Sanders
- Fletch’s Moxie – Gregory McDonald
- Death of a Doxie – Rex Stout
- The Father Hunt – Rex Stout
- McNally’s Caper – Lawrence Sanders
- McNally’s Puzzle – Lawrence Sanders
- Death of a Dude – Rex Stout
- A Memory of Light – Brandon Sanderson (Robert Jordan)
- A Family Affair – Rex Stout
- McNally’s Gamble – Lawrence Sanders
- McNally’s Dilemma – Lawrence Sanders
- Zero Hour – Clive Cussler
- Fletch and the Man Who – Gregory McDonald
- McNally’s Folly – Lawrence Sanders
- McNally’s Chance – Lawrence Sanders
- McNally’s Alibi – Lawrence Sanders
- Prey – Michael Crichton
- Micro – Michael Crichton & Richard Preston
- McNally’s Dare – Lawrence Sanders
- The Barbed Crown – William Dietrich
- Vulcan’s Forge – Jack Du Brul
- The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
- The Mayan Secrets – Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
- Charon’s Landing – Jack Du Brul
- McNally’s Bluff – Lawrence Sanders
- Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
- The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
- Mirage – Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
- Hero of the Ages – Brandon Sanderson
- The Medusa Stone – Jack Du Brul