"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

Monday, November 28, 2011

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

This is a very hard novel for me to rate. I appreciate the history. I knew absolutely nothing about leper colonies and the struggles faced by the afflicted. I'm grateful that Brennert gave victims of leprosy a voice that could reach so many. That said.... a great deal of this made for a very long and boring read. The plot of the novel jumps from one loss to another leaving the reader very little to look forward to. There isn't a noticeable climax; the story goes on and on-then it's over. I am glad that I know more about this chapter in history but I greeted the last page of this novel with a wide smile =0).

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben

The first in a new series, I'm not sure I'm sold on this one. Mickey Bolitar, Myron's nephew, has the potential to become the next Myron and the world can definitely use more Myrons :0). I don't know if I have what it takes to stick it out with Mickey until he grows up though. I didn't appreciate the young adult fiction ambiance of this novel. I missed the adult Bolitars and their humor.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

I believe I have outgrown Nicholas Sparks :0). He writes the most moving stories but I'm swearing off of him-this time for good maybe. I find that I am not the youthful romantic I once was and I no longer enjoy sobbing for hours over a heart wrenching ending. This is a lovely father-daughter story with a very typical Nicholas Sparks-y ending that I cried over for hours. I did enjoy the points of reflection that he brings up throughout the novel. Sparks has a brilliant way of making readers look at their own lives and characters through his fictional tales. Despite this value, I am no longer young enough to relish applying mascara more than once a day....

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

The premise of this book is a fascinating concept and I was kept guessing throughout. I found myself getting a little frustrated when parts of the novel seemed to unravel and lose momentum. When circumstances started to get redundant my attention drifted but Watson manages to snap you back for a dynamite ending. 

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Troy Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

Historical fiction is my all-time favorite genre. Add to that a little mythology, magic, and mysticism and I'm head-over-heels. I anticipated being completely swept up by Lord of the Silver Bow but sadly found myself a bored by it. The story is interesting but it drags on. I suspect that this first novel is setting the events and characters in place for the following two but I'm not intrigued enough to continue. 

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