Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Whispering Room

Fiction by Dean Koontz

The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk Series #2)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/

This is the sequel to The Silent Cornerwhich I read recently. It's just as good as the first one, and I'm dying to read the third installment... but it has not yet been released, unfortunately.

I've mentioned before about planned series books in which you can tell the author is stretching out the action to fit more than one book. This is NOT one of those. Mr. Koontz NEEDS at least three books to tell this story.

By the way, it's kind of scary. Evil forces threatening the world and ll that jazz... but I'm sure it will be all right in the end. Probably.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Rooster Bar

Fiction by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar
https://www.barnesandnoble.com

Have you ever read a legal thriller, such as one of the many written by the revered Mr. Grisham here, and said to yourself, "Boy I wish I were a lawyer! I should go to law school and then get an exciting an high -paying job after graduation!"

Well, according to this book: John Grisham says DON'T DO IT!!

At the beginning of this story, we are introduced to a group of law students who bought into that very fantasy. They applied to an easy-to-get-into law school, borrowed the exorbitant tuition from the government, and then studied through almost three years of instruction, only to find themselves staring at graduation with a mountain of debt and no job prospects whatsoever. So they decide to try to beat the system somehow and figure out a way out from under this problem.

I enjoyed this book; the characters were engaging and believable and the plot kept me interested. 


I also read recently by this author: Camino Island

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Year One

Fiction by Nora Roberts

Year One (Chronicles of the One Series #1)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com

This book is called Year One: Chronicles of The One, Book One. So my initial reaction is: Wait, what number is this?

I'm joking, of course.

At the start of this novel, a plague begins that will wipe out a good 80% of the world's population. Bummer, huh? But this is one of the interesting type of post-apocalyptic stories, the kind with hope for the human race left behind.

The story is really exciting, but it gets weird rather quickly as well, so it may not be for everyone. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, though. (Which should be number TWO, I think...)


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Wonder

Fiction by R.J. Palacio.

Wonder (Movie Tie-In Edition)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com

I think this book is intended for kids, since the hero is a ten-year-old, but I'd say it's really for teens to adults, because it really deals with a troubling set of emotions. But maybe kids can understand it on their own level.

The boy in the story (August) has a facial disfigurement, and his parents decide to send him to school for the first time starting in fifth grade, which is Middle School. Obviously, this is a difficult transition.

I really liked this book because it did not go for the formulaic ideas one might expect from this kind of story:
Handicapped Boy =Saint
His family= Perfect and Ever Loving
His friends = Loyal and True
His enemies = Bad Bad Kids
The Ending = Everyone Happy Happy + Bad Kids Punished

This is a good story about realistic people. I haven't seen the movie, but this book is definitely worth reading.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

One False Move

Fiction by Harlan Coben.

One False Move (Myron Bolitar Series #5)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/

This book is number five in the Myron Bolitar series. (I had to skip number four, if you are counting, because they didn't have it at the library.)

It was pretty good and had a surprising ending. Still, it's not Mr. Coben's best.


I also read recently by this author: Fade Away

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Secret of Chimneys

Fiction by Agatha Christie.

The Secret of Chimneys
https://www.barnesandnoble.com

As I mentioned before, (see The Man in the Brown Suit) I'm revisiting the novels of Agatha Christie in the order that they were written by listening to the audiobooks. (I just skipped over a short story collection, by the way, because I'm unfairly [?] prejudiced against short stories. I'm only reading the full novels right now. Sorry.)

So this is the next novel on my list; it is her fourth. This is one of the Spies Plus Murder types; in this sort of story there is a problem that involves some kind of political intrigue along with a murder that must be unraveled by our unlikely hero.

This is a good story with a surprise at the end.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Ship Who Sang

Fiction by Anne McCaffrey.

The Ship Who Sang (Brain and Brawn Ships Series #1)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com

I have read several of Anne McCaffery's books; apparently I read them prior to 2011 since they are not listed in this blog. She is most known for the "Dragonriders" series, which I liked, but I think the ones of hers I enjoyed most were "Catteni Freedom" series. (Freedom's Landing is the first of those.) I may have to revisit them.

The Ship Who Sang, which I had not read before, was pretty good, but it read more like a set of short stories along one theme than a cohesive novel. Looking at the publishing date, I see that this is some of her earliest writings, and the parts were indeed released separately somehow, so that probably accounts for the disconnectedness. So this book had a cool idea, but it didn't form itself into a cool novel somehow.