3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

20 06 2008

 

I feel like I keep repeating myself when it comes to the Women’s Murder Club books, but, they really are excellent…this is the 3rd book in the series and it finds Jill, Claire, Lindsey, and Cindy chasing down a terrorist organization who is looking to disrupt the G-8 summit being held in San Francisco…The mystery starts with a house blowing up…while Lindsey just happens to be running by, and continues with strange mysterious message sent to Cindy, via email…Oh and don’t forget the cute Federal Agent guy that flies down from Washington D.C…from the very beginning you assume he and Lindsey will get together, typical story…it’s a very intriguing read, but something about this book was different than the other ones…When I first picked up the book I read on the cover that “Someone in the Women’s Murder Club is About to Die…” I assumed, that someone like Cindy or Jill or Claire (although probably not Claire) would get kidnapped (or some other form of entrapment in a bad situation) and Lindsey would come rescue them…man was I wrong, and pissed…(warning…slight spoiler coming)…they kill of one of the women!!! How can you do that?? To date there are 7 books written in the series…and I realize when they wrote book three they didn’t know there would be at least another 4 books…but, how can you kill off on of the main characters??? That’s just f***ed up!!!

 

So, because of that I give the book 4 stars…mean, maybe, but still how do you kill off one of the main characters??





The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

16 06 2008

I hate long car rides…especially when traveling from Virginia Beach back to Blacksburg…I’ve traveled that trip about, oh I don’t know 50 times…it’s about 5 ½ to 6 hours on the road…I hate it because it seems like a completely wasted 6 hours of life…both ways, so 12 hours…I can’t read in the car because I get horrible motion sick, and anyway, when traveling alone, reading and driving, probably not a great idea…So I find a solution…Books on CD…at first they annoyed me, I really prefer hearing my own voice in my head reading the books, but…I’m discovering some of them aren’t so bad, however, I only listen to the ones that just read the book word for word, no acting or interpretations…I want the whole book, just the way it was written, without anyone messing around with it….so this last weekend when I went back home I “read” three books on the way there and back, and actually finished reading a fourth one…now, instead of having oh 6 or 7 days worth of book reviews back to back…I’m rewinding time a little…June 10th and 11th, I didn’t write…so, I’ve filled in those days with two book reviews the first Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson  and the second Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil by John Berendt so, please, if you enjoy book reviews, take a few moments to travel back in time and read them…and hopefully by time you are reading this, my Reading List should be updated….hopefully.

 

 

 

When I was a child I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe…it fascinated me, but I never read any of the other books of the Chronicles of Narnia…J and I watched the movie of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe a few weeks ago, and it resparked in interested of mine into the ser Bies…however, when I went to the book store I was shocked to learn that The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was not the actually first book in the series, it was The Magician’s Nephew, although written after several of the other books were already published it is the actual first book of the series…in it we discover the origins of the wardrobe and the beginnings of Narnia….the magicians nephew and a female friend are tricked into using magical rings by the magician, and are sent swirling into a magical journey…just as they were sucked into this magical world, you will be to. It’s a fantastic read for children of all ages…I loved it! The whole book made you feel like you were part of that magical world…like you were right there alongside Diggory and Aslan, and the magician and uncle Andrew…and at the same precise time…it reminds you of your own childhood…which, although not void of evil or bad things, was still magical and exciting all the same…I easily give this book 5 stars, as I know it’s already been named a classic that is worthy of the last 50 years as a top seller, but also for many many years to come…it almost makes me want to have children, just so I can share it with them.





Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson

10 06 2008

 

An intriguing read set in 1954 about a Japanese man that is on trial for murder. The book takes you back to the beginnings of World War 2 and the Japanese-Americans being relocated to confinement camps…it takes you through lost lands, loves and limbs, through glimpse of the characters lives…If you enjoy descriptive reading, then you’ll enjoy this. It doesn’t move super quickly, but it’s also not a boring read…I found it enjoyable…cover price is $14.95 here in the US, I fortunately got it on a buy one get one free sale at Barnes & Noble , so I didn’t actually pay anything for it, however, it still would have been worth it…it’s also worthy to note that it is a recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award…overall, I’d give it 4 stars for easy readability and it’s ability to drag you into every scene, whether you want to go or not…the characters are all very unique, and as much as the evidence points to the main character, Kabuo Miyamoto’s guiltiness, you’ll find yourself hoping for his innocence.  Even the hard-knock journalist Ishmael Chambers is likable…it’s hard to not like him despite his desolate outlook on the world…even though he’s been through horrible unimaginable things (like losing an arm) he’s still a good person, even though he struggles with a lot of internal conflicts…the book spends a lot of time examining the psyches of these people, which adds to the descriptiveness of the book, but also aids in making the reader become part of the book…I realize I’m probably rambling a lot and it’s not exactly a book review my high school English teacher would have accepted, but…it is a good book that I’d recommend…and for some other reviews by some more affluent, good-with-words reviewers, in all fairness though, I should let you know I only picked the ones that I agreed with…

 

“Luminous…a beautifully assured and full-bodied novel [that] becomes a tender examination of fairness and forgiveness…. Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true.” –Pico Iyer, Time

 

“Haunting… A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper.” –Los Angeles Times

 

“Guterson uses a rich scenario and cast of characters to explore issues much deeper than the usual. Like the snowfall that is its constant refrain, Snow Falling On Cedars builds up gradually, steadily, surrounding the reader with its magic.” –Newsday

 

“Intriguing…. At various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle. Guterson melds these components into a novel that explores how individuals and communities abuse, retreat from, or use their histories as motivating forces. Vividly written.” –San Francisco Chronicle





Book Review: Paige by Paige: A Year of Trading Spaces by Paige Davis

25 05 2008

I was a little turned off by this book to begin with. It’s one of those books who uses all kinds of cutesy graphics…every page looks like it’s a notebook page, and it has random doodles and handwritten notes scattered through out the page. The actual book itself is typed, and not in the horribly hard to read “handwriting” fonts. So, when standing in the book aisle at the store I was debating purchasing this book. It’s not my normal type of book, but I really enjoy the Trading Spaces show, even if I’ve never been a huge Paige Davis fan. Well, I should mention, the store I was standing in was The Dollar Tree, so, that’s right it only cost me a buck. So, I figured I’d take a chance and try it. Now, if you’re not lucky enough to find this at the Dollar Tree, you’ll have to pay the cover price of $19.95 (US Dollars).

 

Is it worth 20 bucks? I’m not sure. Was it worth the dollar? Absolutely. It was a super quick read, I read it in a day. It’s not a really serious book, and she writes little short entries everyday. If you enjoy reading blogs or journals, you’ll enjoy the book. Paige Davis is quite humorous in the book, although, not overly annoying (like when she appeared on the show). It was refreshing to have an inside view of her personal life. Did you know she was a professional dancer? And her husband, is a professional actor? Paige Davis let us into her life without the annoying TV star personality, that has a tendency to come through when TV stars write books. Not in this case. If you’re looking for a serious read, skip the book, if you need something light and fun, kind of a beach type book, this is a good book. Just for the pure fact that it keeped me hooked and made me want to keep reading. I have to say I give this book .