What Books Are You Reading On Your Next Cruise?
The first book I bought to read on a cruise was SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiassen because I knew it involved (only to a limited extent) a cruise ship. That turned me on to everything else Hiassen wrote, and a friend turned me on to Dean Koontz.
I'll usually bring 2 or 3 books to read, then find I don't even have time for one!
Anyways, I have 3 books set aside for my next cruise:
MEL STOTTLEMYRE BIOGRAPHY (former Yankee pitcher and coach who battled cancer several years back)
SHIP FOR BRAINS by Brian David Bruns - followup to CRUISE CONFIDENTIAL, which was a humorous look at an American working on a cruise ship
SHIP HAPPENS by M J Kikker - a collection of limericks and jokes about cruising
I figure that should hold me. What's everyone else reading?
The Prophet-Gibran (I read it in college but its been awhile)
The Big Dance-Castelluci
I will peruse the ships library as well
If you like Hiaasen, you will like Laurence Shames...quirky mysteries set in Key West..Welcome to Paradise was a great read! If you would like, I can post or pm you a list of mysteries set on cruise ships....off the tip of my head here are a few....Princess Charming Jane heller...Killer Cruise,Laura Levine, and Killer Cruise, Jennifer Shaw & Killer Waves, Nancy Cohen.
Thanks For the Tip
PS to Henry: The Prophet sounds a bit heavy to me for cruise reading. Great book, but my brain needs lighter stuff when I'm cruising!
Shames is now working in Hollywood,and is not writing novels anymore. Hopefully that will eventually change. Hollywood's gain is our loss. You are in for a treat...his short list, is fabulous! Enjoy and have a great crusie.
I go with the idea that "fluff" makes the best cruise reading. My local library has an annual excess-and-donated book sale at which I normally buy at least 20 paperbacks, some light mysteries, humorous novels, science fiction, historicals. They get read on airplanes, cruises, and other away-from-home times and then either tossed out, given to someone else, or added to the exchange pile on the ship.
My wife just got an iPad, but the deal is that she will use her Nook when cruising and I get to use the iPad.
I have downloaded (free) the complete works of Dickens, the complete works of Mark Twain, and Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma. That should give me ample choices!! ;o)
Already downloading books for my kindle. Leaving in 9 days. I have the The Litigators by John Grisham, The Affair by Lee Child and I'm going to download the new David Baldacci book. I don't plan on reading all of them on the cruise but always nice to have a good choice.
While I am a true bookaholic, always reading, I don't seem to read much on cruises. So, I take along some fluff novels. Usually end up leaving them on the ship. But, I got a kindle last Christmas, and that I won't leave behind!
No Kindle or Nook - Stuck in the 20th Century
Not sure I could get used to just holding an electronic device for all my reading material. I've reached the point where I get all my newspaper info off the Internet, but I still miss the feel of a real paper in my hands!
Stated before I prefer serious books when home, lighter stuff on a cruise. Went to the library looking for Shames novels. Couldn't find any, so I came home with THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ (true story) and 1493 (what happened after Columbus). Both interesting; both not what I'd read on a cruise, but my cruise is still a few months away.
Check out this book..it has a connection to one of our Cruisemates..an unusual subject, but a memorable journey.
Amazon.com: The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans (9781416566274): Mark Jacobson: Books
I have a cover for my kindle,and it's like holding a book..I read everything, in every format, plus, listen to books on tape..I await my Kindle Fire.
Can't find Shames in our local library, I live 25 miles from the nearest real bookstore, so I keep looking on E-Bay, and just bought five used paperbacks of his for a low price. I'll save some for a January cruise, but I think I'll be reading one of them as soon as they arrive.
Her is the list of myteries set on cruise ships....Caribbean Moon, Deceiptful Moon, and Emerald Moon, by Rick Murcer is a a series which will make you want more....While not a ship story, but a Boca series I love is by Steve Forman...Boca Knights, Boca Mourning,and due out Boca Daze.. I collect mysteries set in Florida, so I am always on the lookout,and add in a ship,and I am a happy camper;) Glad you enjoyed Shames. This list was given to me by author Nancy J Cohen..I have added to it over the years.
Nancy J. Cohen: KILLER KNOTS
Rita Lakin: Getting Old is The Best Revenge
Rick Murcer: Caribbean Moon, Deceiptful Moon, Emerald Moon
Killer Cruise Laura Levine
Killer Cruise Jennifer Shaw
Lori Avocato: DEEP SEA DEAD
Maddy Hunter: HULA DONE IT
Nancy Fairbanks: BON BON VOYAGE
Shelley Freydont: HIGH SEAS MURDER
Susan Sussman: CRUISING FOR MURDER
Jane Heller: PRINCESS CHARMING
Cooks Overboard by Joanne Pence
Birds of Prey by J.A. Jance
Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers
The Widow's Cruise by Nicholas Blake
Board Stiff by Tony Alexander
Death in the Middle Watch by Leo Bruce
The Fennister Affair by Josephine Bell
Death in a Deck Chair by K.K. Beck
Several Deaths Later by Ed Gorman
Murder on "B" Deck by C.V.E. Starrett
Murder in Absence by C.V.E. Starrett
Inspector's Holiday by Richard Lockridge
Voyage into Violence by Frances and Richard Lockridge
The Case of Sonia Wayward by Michael Innes
A Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh
The Patient in Cabin C by Mignon Eberhart
Nobody Cared for Kate by Gene Thompson
The Midas Murders by Margot Arnold
A First Class Murder by Elliot Roosevelt
(YA) Mystery Cruise by Gertrude Chandler Warner
(YA) Deadline by Eric Weiner
Don't Blame the Snake by Tony Fennelly
Death Takes a Passage by Sue Henry
Birds of Passage Bernice Rubens (not quite a mystery but interesting)
The Informant by James Grippando
Buzz Cut by James Hall
Decked by Carol Higgins Clark
No Honeymoon for Death by Mary Kruger
Murder Sails at Midnight by Marian Babson
The Cruise of a Deathtime Marian Babson
The Widow's Cruise by Nicholas Blake
The Goddess Affair by Lillian O'Donnell
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Risk by Dick Francis
The Angels Will Not Care - John Straley
Birds of Passage - Bernice Rubens
Cooks Overboard - Joanne Pence
The Cruise of a Deathtime - Marian Babson
Damned in Paradise - Max Allen Collins
Death in a Deck Chair - K.K. Beck (1984)
Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie
Death Takes a Passage - Sue Henry
A First Class Murder - Elliot Roosevelt
The Informant - James Grippando
Killed in Paradise - William DeAndrea
The Midas Murders - Margot Arnold
Murder on Deck - (ed.) Rosemary Herbert
Murder Sails at Midnight - Marian Babson
Night Train to Memphis - Elizabeth Peters
No Honeymoon for Death - Mary Kruger
Singing in the Shrouds - Ngaio Marsh
Too Much of Water - Bruce Hamilton
The Trouble with Going Home- Camilla Crespi
You Belong to Me - Mary Higgins Clark
To Davy Jones Below by Carola Dunn
Don’t Blame the Snake by Tony Fennelly
Dana Chambers' THE BLONDE DIED FIRST
Dressed to Keel Candy Calvert
Mai Tai to Murder Candy Calvert
Aye Do or Die Candy Calvert
Burn Linda Howard
Still Summer Jacquelyn Mitchard
Set Sail for murder Carolyn Hart
Cruisin for a Bruisin Gail Wigglesworth
Secrets of the Villages, Murder on a Cruise Stewart Gilman
Death on the Agean Queen Maria Hudgins
Love and Murder on the Queen Anne Chris Varga
My Bigs Mystery Linda Cargl
Magestic Descending Mitchell Graham
Atomic Lobster Tim Dorsey
a Deadly Silver Sea Bob Morris
Doulos - about a missions ship originally put in service in 1914 last used commercially by Costa in the 70's
Thanks, Trip. I did a cut and paste so I wouldn't lose it. FUN!
Gold Medal For Trip?
Trip: thanks for that list - quite extensive! You deserve a Gold Medal like the ones cruise ships give out sometimes, or at least a key chain!
Don't think I mentioned this one before; just bought it and read the first chapter to give me a taste: CRUISE SHIP SOS by Ben MacFarlane, co-titled "The Life-Saving Adventures of a Doctor at Sea".
Its a true story about an individual who worked on several cruise ships. I'm trying to save some of these things for my January cruise, but they're very tempting.
PS: I'm printing out that list so I can look for some of those titles.
Maybe a golden library card:) Talking about Laurence Shames, sent me to the library & I took out his book on tape Mangrove Squeeze. The reader is the same man who reads Hiaasen's books....so, I am in Key West, sitting on the dock of the bay, in my mind, as I am driving.:)
I envy you having his short list of books to enjoy:)
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