Monday, June 9, 2008

Cool off with a good book

Hot weather days are perfect for reading cold weather books. There is nothing like reading a story set in the frozen tundra of the Arctic, Antarctic, Russia or even Alaska to cool you off. Here are a few suggestions:

Ice Limit by Preston Douglas & Lincoln Child - When a meteorite possessing secrets about human evolution is discovered in a desolate region of Chile, an expedition team sets out to recover it but finds increasing mysteries and dangerous challenges along the way.

The Rope Eater by Ben Jones - Fleeing the horrors of the Civil War by deserting, Brendan Kane joins the crew of the Narthex, an oddly shaped vessel, unaware that the ship's intended destination is a mythic temperate paradise in the heart of the Arctic ice.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London - The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch Shepherd, that was kidnapped and shipped off to Alaska to work on the Klondike Gold Rush. Buck the dog quickly learns how to survive in the wild and also learns the call of the wolf.

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow - When a National Park ranger is reported missing and the man sent to find him disappears as well, former investigator Kate Shugak decides to brave the cold wilderness of north Alaska to crack the case.

The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin - When a young student from a wealthy family commits suicide in the Alexander Gardens, Erast Fandorin of the Moscow Police investigates the supposedly open-and-shut case and discovers that the student's suicide is not an isolated case.

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