Recent Reads

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about my reading list. Though I write lesbian romance, most my reading lately has been outside of that genre.

Here’s a list of what has kept me occupied when I haven’t been writing (or working the day job.)

Kill Process, William Hertling

This book literally blew me away.

“By day, Angie, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world’s largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can’t change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women. “

She’s a tech genius. In today’s casual acceptance of wireless access and smart chips in the most innocuous of items, she’s able to commit murders without even being in the same room with her victims.

Initially the book was awesome as the writer describes how she makes a couple of hits. Then she becomes distracted from her initial mission to develop a new social networking company, one that puts Tomo out of business.

Don’t let the geek-speak or the inner workings of a start-up internet company sway you. I guarantee that the end of the novel is as riveting as the beginning!

Captain of Industry, Karen Kallmaker

I do enjoy a good Kallmaker book, enough so that hers is the only lesbian romance I’ve read recently.

Geek meets chic is the best way to describe this entertaining romance. Jennifer Lamont is an actress with a past, hiding her orientation from the world to attain her superstar goal. Suzanne Mason is a self-made millionaire, using her programming genius to get her foot in the door. She lets her sexuality all hang out.

The two meet and sparks fly, but the fundamental difference between them—whether or not to stay out of the closet—is a deal breaker.

Go get it! Read it! The character dialogue is snappy, and you’ll relate to both characters. Haven’t we all been at that point in our lives—to come out or not?

Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Yeah, it’s a monster of a series with thirteen volumes, and one of my guilty pleasures. Sadly the author passed away before the completion of his opus, but Brandon Sanderson stepped in (with full approval from the author’s estate) to complete his work.

And to be honest, the books can be confusing simply because there are SOOOOOOOoooo many characters! Yeesh! This series could easily be translated into a long-term television show with its cast of eight or nine main characters and hundreds of secondary ones.

But the world is so rich. The background history is meticulously detailed. The magic system has its rules that cannot be changed. The different countries and peoples are extreme in their differences between each other.

(And, no offense to Robert Jordan, but the last two books of the series are the absolute BEST!)

I’ve read this series three times now, and am currently working through it again. It’s a go-to when I want something familiar with lots of politics, magic, world-building and pageantry.

Planetfall, Emma Newman

This is a book of mystery that takes place on an alien planet. The mystery is, “What happened twenty-two years ago to the main character that broke her so?”

“Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.”

From the opening scene you can see that Ren isn’t the same person she was when she followed Lee Suh-Mi to this planet. There’s a secret, a BIG one, that could destroy the colony…one that only she and Mack know.

The question is whether that secret will come out before it destroys Ren herself…

Lexicon, Max Barry

Max Barry wrote another favorite of mine called Jennifer Government. So when I found this in the bookstore, I had to get it!

We’ve all heard about subliminal programming and neuro-linquistic programming. What if there was a group of people who trained from childhood to utilize words in a way that almost seems magical? They could do anything to anyone, because EVERYONE can be controlled.

They call themselves the poets, and every graduate from their school takes on the name of one.

The blurb on Amazon.com is basic but truly exemplifies the novel:

“Stick and stones break bones. Words kill.

They recruited Emily Ruff from the streets. They said it was because she’s good with words.

They’ll live to regret it.

They said Wil Parke survived something he shouldn’t have. But he doesn’t remember.

Now they’re after him and he doesn’t know why.

There’s a word, they say. A word that kills.

And they want it back . . . ”

Jumper series, Steven Gould

Don’t let the title fool you. There’s a movie called Jumper
that starred Hayden Christensen… Same concept, same author, but a completely different tale.

In the books there are no other jumpers, no society of evil Paladins out to kill them all. It’s just Davy Rice who discovers his ability while escaping an abusive father.

The first book is about Davy as he makes his way in the world, running from the government and trying to do good things with his ability.

The sequel, Reflex, introduces a second jumper. Davy has been captured by a rogue agency out to bring him to heel. The second jumper could save his life.

The third and fourth books, Impulse and Exo, involve Davy’s teenage daughter, who becomes a jumper in her own right. Her feet aren’t planted on the ground like her father’s…she’s interested in space.

These books were great adventures with lots of intriguing character development and scenery. Give them a go!

What About You?

What have you been reading recently? Anything worth sharing? Leave a comment!

I always need more reading material!


A fan-geek and internet junkie, D Jordan Redhawk is an award winning writer of lesbian romance, writing in multiple genres. She highlights the outsider and reveals that we are not all that different from one another. Her books are published by Bella Books. You can reach Redhawk through her website, Facebook, or become a Patron!

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7 thoughts on “Recent Reads

  1. ‘Kill Process’ sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the tip. Like you, I write mostly lesfic but I read pretty widely outside of that realm especially in mystery and thriller. It steers my mind away from my own work and my chosen writing genres for a while and sometimes it even gets the creative juices flowing in new directions.

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  2. Like Anne, I mostly write lesfic, but read well outside. I just finished The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly. I wouldn’t normally pick up a book about a political prisoner in Burma, but some of the best reads are ones handed to me (like A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, set in Chechnya). This one was beautifully written and mesmerizing. But now I’m switching to Through the Hourglass, an anthology of lesbian historical romance edited by Sacchi Green and Patty G. Henderson and published by Liz McMullen. With Sacchi at the helm, I know I’m in for a quality read. I like to go back to the lesbian well for my romance sustenance now and then. 😉

    Kill Process reminds me of Georgia Beers’s Balance, which I highly recommend.

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    1. I’ll have a look at ‘Balance,’ Elaine. Thanks for the suggestion.

      I receive a lot of books through BookBub–a daily email that lists cheap or free Kindle titles through Amazon. As expected, there are some stinkers out there, but I’ve found a handful of platinum while mining those novels.

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  3. After I posted my comment above, I felt uncomfortable about doing so, and thought I could delete it, but apparently I can’t. My apologies if anyone felt it was inappropriate, especially you, Jordan. Books I’ve enjoyed recently are: Honor, by Elif Shafak, The Things we Keep by Sally Hepworth, and Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. None are lesfic but all speak to the experience of women in various cultures.

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