Since I can't form too many coherent thoughts, I'll update my books list.
15. Blueblood by Matthew Iden: This is the second in the retired cop with cancer series I started, and it was a fairly solid follow-up to the first book. It lacked some of the human interest of the first, but the action was tighter. I'm not going to buy the rest of the series until next month, though, as my spending budget for this month is already pretty tight. - B-
16. Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath: Konrath is an author a lot of people have been recommending to me, so I picked up this first in his Jack Daniels series. I couldn't get far. His humor didn't work for me, the lead was a little annoying, and the villain POV was too heavy that early in the book. At least now I can say I tried. - DNF
17. The Park Service by Ryan Winfield: I bought this at RT last year after meeting the author in two different panels. He was articulate and intelligent, and I was insanely curious about his work. I picked up two titles, but like everything I get, it took me a long time to get around to one. This is a YA dystopian future book, albeit from a boy's perspective. If I hadn't liked the author so much, I might've given up early. The beginning felt incredibly cliched and I thought I knew exactly where it was going. It ended up going in a somewhat different direction, thank god, so my final opinion is kinder than my first impression. It's set a thousand years in the future when man has destroyed the earth and are now living underground. The narrator was a likable, if unoriginal kid, but the descriptions were a bit long-winded, and it took too long to get interesting places. There are two more books in the series (of course), but I'm still on the fence about reading them. - C
18. Playing with Poison by Cindy Blackburn: A cozy mystery with a fiftysomething romance writer divorcee as the main character. I couldn't get far. It had two strikes going into it - cozy mysteries are hard sells for me, and I generally have real problems with writers as main characters - so the fact that humor was so eye-rolling dumb killed it. - DNF
19. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen: I've loved Hiaasen for years, so his books tend to be solid entertainment. I love his satire, his quirky characters, and his insane plots. This one, about a woman who wins the lottery, the rednecks who steal her ticket, and the burned out newspaper reporter who wants to do the right thing, didn't disappoint in any way. Maybe it's not my favorite (I missed seeing Skink show up), but it was still fun. - B+