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The Litigators by John Grisham

A lawyer disenchanted with big firm life¬†decides to see how the other half lives. Yeah, it’s the same book he’s written a hundred times, but it’s a reliably entertaining chance to turn off the brain for a few hours.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Fiction, Uncategorized

 

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The “rapture” occurs but indiscriminately takes all kinds of believers, even the non. Left behind (haha) with no real idea why, the rest of the world continues pretty much as before, but with a bit more conscious uncertainty about the whole point of life.

More of an exploration of suburban emotional wastelands than post-apocalyptic wastelands, but still, I enjoyed it.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Ed King by David Guterson

Meh.

Oedipus Rex in modern times. The new story redoes the original about as creatively as name of the new titular character replaces the old. It’s all there and all obvious from a mile away.

Hence, the quality of the book depends on stuff other than the plot. None of it impressed me. The book¬† runs from the early sixties to about five years from now, but without the depth or precision necessary for me to feel like I was in those times, or to have nostalgia, vel sim, for the times I have experienced. I didn’t get the characters. Some were treacherous for no apparent reason. Some changed with similar types of motives. The writing could be annoying, too. I skimmed page after page describing Dianne’s attempts to make herself look younger. Ditto Ed’s interactions with his artificial intelligence friend.

In short, sounds cool, and might be worth reading if you really need something and it’s all that’s available, but a real dud.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz

Awesome

Great writer, great subject. When I taught the first half of American History, I always enjoyed having a debate about whether John Brown was a martyr or terrorist. Around here, the latter is the dominant answer. I never made up my mind until reading this book. Now I think I lean towards the former.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Cool.

Being a werewolf is a curse. The change comes every full moon; the changed has no say in the matter. An all consuming hunger forces the werewolf to kill and eat humans. “Peace” comes in accepting that this life is all there is, thus, might as well eat. Meanwhile, an army of exterminators have eliminated all but the titular character, who, due to the lack of peace, is now more than ready to accept his own extermination. Then something causes his desires to change. Now he wants to live. But will he?

Fascinating. Best with scotch on a rainy and cold day.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

Read it awhile ago. PETA type activist accidentally shot by daughter using brother-in-law’s hunting rifle. Family and legal issues follow. Recall enjoying it. That’s about it.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

How Is This Going To Work?

When I’m done reading a book, I’ll post about it. No matter how good or bad, memorable or forgettable, each will receive a post. The amount of verbiage depends on the qualities of the book and its impact on me, but the mere reading of each each will at least be memorialized here.

Generally, I’ll wait until I’m done with a book, and then post about it. To start, though, I’ll go back a few reads, because I don’t want to wait until I am done with my current book. Besides, it’s pretty lame, and it would be anticlimactic to announce this AWESOME NEW BLOG only to begin with such a pedestrian book. Also, I’ve read some good books already this summer. Sooo, for the first several posts, I will attempt to recreate what has been my summer reading list.

This is definitely not a literay site. I never took anything beyond required English classes in college. I also have no idea who the latest and greatest writers are. My exposure to literature is no more than the New York Times Book Review. This won’t be the place to come if you want amazing insights or the the newest books.

What you will get is regular updates, probably a few a week, about whatever it is I happen to be reading. Some nonfiction, mostly fiction, and, of that, some good, some mass market. It all depends on what kind of mood I’m in.

Finally, I am only speaking for me. The Wife will be also be posting here. What she does is up to her.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Uncategorized