Just read Ruth Rendell’s 13 Steps Down – and have absolutely no idea why I finished it. It was grim grim grim, as her last couple of books have been, and not that interesting. I kept going because Entertainment Weekly called it one of the ten best novels of 2005 – yikes, a grim year for fiction it seems to have been.
So, yeah, Ruth Rendell joins the list of authors who I used to read regularly who I now don’t bother with – along with Elizabeth George (who was much better when her books were edited – at least the freakin’ Rendell was only 250 pages) – and, well, geez, who still gets an automatic look from me? PD James may be the only one – Sara Paretsky is still okay, mostly since she goes a few years between books – I haven’t read any of the Kinsey Milhones since L or M. I used to like Marcia Muller, but haven’t read any of hers lately either.
Who have you given up on? Who do you still read?