Friday, July 29, 2011
Claudia and Casio who spent the entire time on the floor of the bus with the dying teacher, B J, are victims too. The time of bleeding is only as long as it takes for a train to clear a crossing but the emotional damage and anxiety that devils the minds of both survivors won't let the two move past the nightmares and anxiety attacks. This is a gripping story which gives little hints in the new evidence found by Claudia's DA husband and Casio, a cop with a vicious streak. The answers are held away from us until the end when a confession and suicide bring us the answers.
A religious theme through the story shows a light of forgiveness and mercy for those willing to reach out for it. A good page turner.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
You'll learn that the tight-knit Tibetan family ties are the only thing that helps them weather all the struggles brought about by the Chinese occupation of their lands.
I enjoyed the book very much and would highly recomment it to all my friends.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The author uses the glass metaphor throughout. The last name of Sharp and the use of carving and paint knives to build our sense of uneasiness. This story is gripping and suspense filled as we know damage has been done, but, how has it been done.
Amalise talks to her God, Abba, all her life and believes she is led by him to help the people she loves. She thinks she can change people with her strength of faith and her absorption of their hurts. She is manipulated through mental and finally physical abuse.
I enjoyed this story and would look for other stories by this same author.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
(Dear Reader, I would have posted this simply as a comment on Norm's post, but Blogger doesn't allow for formatting on comments.)
Reading Eoin Colfer always makes me feel like I've stumbled into Boy World. As the mother of three girls, I can't rightly claim to know a lot about what Boy World looks like, but I'm fairly sure there would be fighting, swearing, gizmos and fart jokes. In the techno/fantasy Artemis Fowl series, for example, one character has the ability to burrow through the earth by virtue of his unhingeable, super-strong jaw. Of course, all that pulverized stone has to go somewhere and in Boy World, that need is too irresistible not to address. And yet, Colfer's playful ease with language hooks me like those neighborhood boys who used to revel in telling us girls dirty jokes. Repellingly intriguing, repellingly funny.
In Plugged, Daniel McEvoy, Irish ex-army, ex-pat with a psychological need to pro-tect, finds himself embroiled in a noir-ish* nightmare, trying to solve the murder of his could-be girlfriend, hostess at the seedy casino for which he serves as a bouncer. Accompanying Dan on his self-appointed mission is the subconscious voice of his presumed-dead friend, who practiced plastic surgery without the benefit of a license, morals and probably sobriety. Like Artemis, McEvoy also strikes an uneasy partnership with an extremely confident (see definition 7) female cop, unlike Artemis, McEvoy is fully adult. The Adult Situations never stray beyond the PG-13 range, although the Action and Language would likely encourage those MPAA folk to dial up the rating. Which brings up a pet peeve: Colfer's writing does sometimes seem like a novel in search of a screenplay. On the other hand, the quippy dialogue would probably play well and this is Boy World without the gross adolescent humor so prevalent in current “comedies.”
This one's not going to win the Pulitzer, but I found it enjoyable for a light read.
*If noir-ish means battling an existential crisis simultaneously battling dudes from the seething underbelly. But in a funny way.
All that said, I was bound to find this book interesting and I did. Carl Reiner's books about the show are better, but that's not surprising since he is the writer and Dick Van Dyke is the actor. For an actor's memoir, this is an enjoyable read.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The violence is everywhere, and so are the wisecracks. Some of this is good, and some is just plain overdone. When you make almost every line a wisecrack, you strain both quality control and your reader, and comic or not, some of our hero's physical feats make it hard to suspend disbelief. There is a sense here that the author tries too hard. I went back and forth between enjoying and being distracted by things that were too much or just didn't seem right. Some readers will land more on one side of this split reaction, some on the other.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I listened to the audio version, and while the voice actors (Elijah Wood and Spencer Locke) were excellent, I found myself longing for the book to end. The book opens with a cliffhanger but ends well before the moment of the cliff. I will not be carrying forward to book two to find out what happens. There is clearly an audience for this series, but I am not it.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Ready Player One will be published on August 16, 2011.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Although not genius or good-v.-evil epic, each book is an enjoyable read, and unlike many series, I think they got better as the series went along. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja is the 10th and final book in the series and it wraps everything up in a satisfactory manner. Although this series is considered a children's book, I am an adult and I recommend it for all ages