I more than doubled the titles read in February over January. Two were graphic novels so they didn't take much time. I decided to keep two of the books once the covers closed. I couldn't keep them all anyway, some came from the library.
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea by Raymond F Jones Whitman 1517 is another of their TV show adaptations, though the story isn't adapted from an actual episode. The Seaview is investigating a disaster at an undersea oil drilling complex. The place has been mostly destroyed, thousands dead, but they find a live baby in an undersea house. As the story unfolds we find that there's a cave filled with Minoans who have been underground for thousands of years. They have can leave the cave but keep to the sea. They feel the undersea installations are invading their territory and they start to attack with their earthquake making machine. The crew of the Seaview get captured but they fight back and get away. The Minoans overthrow the evil king and blow up the entrance to the outside. It was pretty goofy and there's a huge body count. It reads well enough, Jones was an author I'd read before, I'd picked up two or three of his novels back in the days when paperbacks cost 60 cents. It'll go into my Whitman collection until I get rid of them all.
Erec Rex - The Secret Of Ashona by Kaza Kingsley is the fifth book in the series. I got it from the library and was happy to read it, very quickly, and return it. The series has lost my interest. Eric travels about trying to complete his tedious quest. I'm finding the story drag on and it's not as interesting as it once was. The characters are more and more annoying. I put the early books on the to get rid of pile.
Lirael by Garth Nix is the second book in the Old Kingdom Trilogy. It was another one I read quickly and set on the to get rid of pile. Just not my cup of tea.
Glinda Of Oz by L Frank Baum is the 14th and last book in the Oz series and I was happy to have finished. I had pretty much lost interest in the series by the time I got to the last couple of books and I had a hard time getting to the end of the last book. It took me a year and a month to get through the huge collection of the Baum penned novels, nearly a 1000 pages, and now it's on the to get rid of pile. The series on the whole was fun to read but I don't think I'll read them again. I won't be bothering with the Oz novels that other people have written.
Grimm - The Coins Of Zakynthos & Blood Lines were a couple of graphic novels that I found at the library. They were ok but nothing too special. I was glad I didn't buy them.
The Saint In England by Leslie Charteris is a retitled edition of The Misfortunes Of Mr Teal. It was also called The Saint In London. There are three stories in the book. Simon has a book that leads him to blackmail some right war profiteers. They all give willingly to the Simon Templar Foundation in aid of war victims. The story introduces Hoppy Uniatz, who'd become one of my favorite characters in the Saint stories. In the second story Simon get involved with a plan by a rich guy to forge bond certificates. The last story has Simon framed for a murder and the theft of an airplane. It's a good bunch of stories for the most part.
How To Train Your Dragon 11 - How To Betray A Dragon's Hero by Cressida Cowell has tons of dragons and they're still having their Dragon Rebellion. Our hero Hiccup has to rally his gang to help rescue Camicazi. It was about as much fun as the other books in the series. I had bought the first 2 or 3 of the books but then decided to get them from the library.
Grimm - The Icy Touch by John Shirley has a story set somewhere after the 2nd season and before the 3rd. Nick and Hank are investigating a foreign crime cartel that's run by Wesen. They've moved into Portland to run a drug smuggling operation and Wesen are starting to turn up dead. The story and the writing were ok. I was still glad to get this from the library as I wouldn't need to re-read it or have it. I had read, and enjoyed, several Shirley novels but I hadn't seen any books by him in years and years.
Not too bad a bunch of stuff, even if I don't keep much of it. Not that I mind not having stuff. I've been going through my cartoon and art related books and sorting them into three piles. One to keep, one to scan and the last to get rid of. I hope to have a lot less stuff in the future.