Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
While I have not read the first two books in the series, I was still able to easily follow When the Thrill Is Gone. There were a few times that the number of characters overwhelmed me a little, but it’s likely these characters first appeared in earlier books in the series and will be further developed as the Leonid McGill mysteries continue.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Love doesn’t always have a happy ending. It Was Over When shares many painful, funny, and disturbing stories of how people knew their relationship was over. There’s the guy who thinks that dinosaurs are a conspiracy theory. Or the couple who went to a wedding chapel, but made no move to get out of the car. Or the woman who broke up with a guy after he told her “he fully intended proposing to his ex-girlfriend.”
It Was Over When was entertaining. Rob Elder shares stories almost too unbelievable to be true. But truth is stranger than fiction, and these stories will provide a lot of laughs.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
If this sounds a little strange, it in some ways is and the author freely admits it, even sharing a story of her father rather awkwardly interrupting her play practice when she was in high school in order to read to her in the school parking lot and keep the streak alive. Each chapter corresponds to a particular period during the streak. Her mother’s decision to move out is covered as well as lighter events, such as when she was little and her father tricked her into thinking that she was nearly pulled out of a crowd to be a high-wire walker’s assistant.
The end of the book, which takes place after the streak, takes a rather gloomy look at reading and the future of school libraries as Ozma’s dad, a veteran school librarian, is gradually phased out at his school, forced to work at an increasing number of different schools, and eventually retires a few years earlier than he would have liked to. However, the book refuses to end on a down note as her father finds a new group to read to: residents at nursing homes. The fact that the Ozma’s dad read to her for 3,218 consecutive nights is impressive, but The Reading Promise also shows the importance of reading in one’s life and how reading is not just something for children.
Monday, November 7, 2011
America's most famous Canadian immigrant follows up his best-selling book about the plight of Europe with this critical look at the crisis in our own country. He explains how America has been stagnating over the past few decades thanks to the rise of statism and the decline in production. Comparing the fate of America to the fate of England, Steyn wonders what will happen to world stability if the next world leader lacks the Britannic traditions of the past centuries. Despite the weighty topic, Steyn leaves the reader laughing from his own brand of comic relief.
The year is 2045, and beer company heir Jake Sullivan is really in trouble. He has been diagnosed with a rare and fatal neurological disease that could kill him at any moment. With that in mind, 40-year-old Jake decides to discard his potentially doomed biological body and replace it with a synthetic android body. The process, known as a Mindscan, is not quite consciousness transferring, but rather using quantum mechanics and advanced computer technology creates an instantaneous copy of an individual's mind, transporting every thought, memory, and emotion into a duplicate android body. In short, the mental "essence" of the human being is digitally copied and superimposed into the complex artificial brain of an android. An android that is never sick, does not need to eat or sleep, and will never die. Sounds great, right?
Well, maybe not so much...
Well, maybe not so much...
Let me start off by saying "I tried, I really, really tried!" I had stopped reading Danielle Steel many years ago because I just felt there was nothing in her novels; they were the same old same old. However, the reviews for Happy Birthday were decent and the premise sounded good, so I thought I would give it another chance and hopefully be pleasantly surprised. Oh how wrong I was. No surprises; the characters were flat and the storyline was just outright ridiculous. What a disappointment and a waste of my time. I hope by writing this no one else has to endure what I did.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Alice Love falls off her bike during a spin class and ends up forgetting the last 10 years of her life. When she comes to, she thinks it’s still 1998, she’s pregnant, and she’s happily married. The reality is that it’s 2008, she has three children, and she and her husband are in the middle of a custody battle. The person she’s become is someone her 29-year-old self can’t stand, and she can’t understand how it happened.
I really enjoyed this book. Alice is a very sympathetic character. The writing is believable, without being over the top. The book is funny and thought-provoking at the same time. If you’re looking for something light-hearted and entertaining, you might like What Alice Forgot.
History & military buffs should absolutely love this book! It is packed with not just information about Area 51 (which was what I personally wanted to know about!) but also everything from Los Alamos to the Roswell "incident" to the Cold War and Cuban Missle Crisis to today's declassification of sensitive documents. You really need to be one of those guys from The Big Bang Theory to understand much of this, but once you get passed all the physics it is quite fascinating!