Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This book is a mix between heartbreak, revenge, justice, and romance. It tells the story of a Rebellious spoiled teenager who is lashing out at any and all authority. Who has to live with the last words that she said being "I hate you and wish you were dead!" to the sister who was raising her and then gets murdered. She is innocent of any crime other than being a complete brat at the age of 17. After she is acquitted she leaves her small town and state and moves to a place where nobody knows her. She becomes a successful business women but decides that she needs to return home so she can Find Justice for Sara and also for herself by finding the real killer.
If you like Mystery books this is an amazing read. It has you wondering what is next and every time you think you have it figured out you learn that it can't be that person so who could it be next. Erica Spindler has you guessing until the very end and when you think it was solved and everything is done you learn that there is more to the story. Loved this book and definitely think it is worth your time to pick up and read.
Monday, July 29, 2013
This Novel is an excellent read for a fictional/historical Novel. It comes with all the harsh language
of the times. You go from Preachers who are the worst thieves and sinners to brothels where the Lady's of the night will do anything imaginable, to plantation owners with their slaves. There is Murder, robbery, sex, drugs, slavery, and war. This is all rolled together as the brothers are trying to become both rich and free from the Spanish.
This book is a page turner and will have you laughing and crying at the antics of the family and the tragedy's that they suffer through. While you shake your head and say well that was a stupid choice to make and you knew it before you made it to the characters. As I said before the Language is rough with Cussing and derogatory slang, but it is also fact based on how they treated and spoke about certain people of the times.
If indeed The Bone Season is the first in a seven-book series, it’s an ambitious project. The author clearly has a terrific imagination and has done a good job of world-building. The book includes a helpful glossary, something I wish more fantasy novels would include.
If you enjoy epic fantasy, I definitely recommend taking a look at The Bone Season. It is getting a lot of buzz and the movie rights have been optioned.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This is a story I would recommend to anyone slightly interested in fantasy novels. The characters are likeable and draw the reader into the story, to the point that the climax of the story is engrossing enough to give the reader cause to lose sleep until after the book is finished. Personally, I'm going to look for more of Mr. Correia's work, he seems to be an author I will avidly follow.
The way the author approaches the gender masquerade is very well done, and keeps its place as a plot line throughout the story, serving as an extended study of the different ways in which people deal with each other. The characterizations and descriptive style are also well done, giving the story an entirely believable air, easily drawing the reader into the action. I can heartily endorse this book as a good read, and can hope that the series to follow are as well done as this first installment.
Monday, July 22, 2013
This story is a Compelling and deep Story about life's true Journey.Elizabeth Strout tells about the good, the bad, and the ugly about somebody's everyday life. I found it amazing to read a story where the main characters are not perfect. These characters had to deal with the full range of emotions : Heartbreak, anger, bitterness, depression, regret, melancholy, happiness, love, hate, and ignorance. You are never sure what the next page will bring. Absolutely a fabulous read in my opinion.
Friday, July 19, 2013
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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Grescoe is a passionate advocate for public transportation. He discusses the good and the bad, what works and what doesn’t, in a dozen cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Paris, Copenhagen, Moscow, Tokyo, and Bogota. Grescoe divides his book into chapters based on his travels to the various cities. He includes snippets of history covering how the U.S. came to be so dependent on automobiles.
He makes a fascinating visit to the old City Hall station in New York, a magnificent “ghost” station that opened in 1904 but is no longer used because the platform is too sharply curved. The location, a kind of time capsule to a more elegant time period, is a closely guarded New York City secret.
In his chapter on Los Angeles, a city notoriously difficult to travel by foot, Grescoe talks about the time author Ray Bradbury was stopped by a police officer for walking down the street. Bradbury was so horrified by the experience he turned it into a 1951 short story called “The Pedestrian.” In Bogota, Grescoe quotes the man behind their popular bus system: “We wanted to make people look down on the values of the criminals in our society….For us, the neighborhood hero was not the mafioso with the big motorcycle and the flashy clothes, but the young man who played sports and read books and rode around on an old bike.” (p. 218)
Grescoe holds up Phoenix as a bad example of how freeways and dependence on the automobile have helped turn the city into a ghost town. He points to Copenhagen, on the other hand, as his idea of a model city. Not only is the public transportation there clean, safe, and fast, Copenhagen is a city that encourages bike riding. I was amazed to read that in the winter, the bike paths are cleared of snow before the streets.
Reading Straphanger made me think about the public transportation options in Galesburg, and the Galesburg Public Library book discussion groups had two lively discussions on the subject. If you are interested in urban sprawl and the future of transportation, or if you enjoy visiting other cities vicariously, I recommend Straphanger. It can be found in the nonfiction section at 388.4 GRE.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
As can be expected, this could be a slow read, but highly rewarding for anyone who is interested in the history of the Middle East, and the basis for some of the rivalries and political issues that still disrupt the lives of the people in this volatile area. Also detailed in this account are some of the political decisions that led to the modern political issues.
I can recommend this book without any reservation, the author relies on primary sources, and is also non-judgemental in describing the actions of the people involved in this account. Taken altogether, this book is an open account of a very tumultuous time period, and is informative as well as entertaining. If you have the time and interest, this is a wonderful book.