Friday, June 23, 2017

100 Vegetables and Where They Came From--#30 finished

A different kind of book for me.  Author sounds like an exceptional gardener and historian.  Does a 2-3 page write up on 100 different vegetables with info on where came from and how developed and then also gets into how to be prepare the vegetable, including how has been used in history.  I am not that much of a foodie but was still a fun read.

There are WL for the book but I might be handing it off first because lots of good information in it.

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced--#29 finished

True story of a 10 year old girl that was married off in Yemen.  She was raped and beaten by her much older husband and was able to find her way to the courthouse in a major city and find help.  There after a few weeks where husband and father were in jail for this crime, she obtained her divorce but the men were freed with basically no charges.  Book ends with promise of hope in that family has a newer apartment and Nujood there to protect her younger sister and they have arrangements to continue schooling.  At one point in the book it mentions female illiteracy at 80%.  I avoided checking wikipedia on her until now and sounds like dad has basically stolen her money force her out of the house and has married off the younger sister.  With the fighting in Yemen at least glad that she is alive but damn that is screwed up.

There are copies already in PBS so I will be handing it off or donating it away.

Back Blast--#28 finished

This is the next in the Gray Man series.  A kind of Bourne like series, an ex-assassin for US that was deep inside, had been put on the terminate list by the US.  Shot on sight orders and the last few books about how he has been staying alive and taking contracts to take out bad guys.  This is the one where he wants to find out why he was put on the terminate list.  He gets back into the US and is around DC and trouble start happening.  Interesting stuff and sort of enjoyable if you suspend enough reality to let it happen.  Certainly all things possible but the timing and abilities are just too far out there at times.  Still fun book & fun series.

I will post back on PBS at some point, there are 20 WL for book now so have some time on this.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The 14th Colony--finished #27

The next in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series.  New president coming into office & the Magellan Billet is being scraped.  Cotton gets sent on one last mission to check into what an ex-KGB officer is up to at the request of the Russians.  Uncovers a leftover Cold War plot that the ex-KGB is starting back up with a suitcase nuc in the US.  Same as most of them, fast paced and interesting.  Couple twists and timing is just too perfect to believe but reading for entertainment so just have to go with it & enjoy.  New president keeps the Magellan Billet up and running after this so the series will continue.

I will be posting it on PBS probably pretty soon.  Still 17 WL for it but it is a mass media paperback so they move faster than other copies.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Cassandra Complex--#26 finished

A sci-fi book about the no to far away future--maybe 30-40 years away.  Book was written around 2000 and is a branch off the author's series I guess.  I haven't read the series, this is first book I read by author.  A good read with interesting takes on what the future may hold and certainly seems possible in ways.  A kidnapping and police work to track this all down, interesting read.  Glad I read this but didn't wow me and I know there is a lot of sci-fi out there that I should probably get on reading more.

This is an ex-library copy that shows its wear so can't post it on PBS.  It will start my new give away pile since I just took a box of books to a local nursing home.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Capital City--#25 finished

This is from NE author Mari Sandoz.  She wrote this back in the '30s with the depression going on and was basically an attach on Lincoln, NE where she was living and working at university at the time.  She does attack the moneyed and the movers and shakers as not helping out the poor or working class.  As far as reading though, was slow and a lot of similar names so confusion about which person and what was going on was a problem.  Because it was tough to get started, this book took probably took me almost 2 months to finish.  Glad I read it, I have really liked other books by Mari Sandoz but this one not so much.

Mari Sandoz books are keepers for me so I will be keeping it at least for now.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fur, Fortune and Empire--#24 finished

A good read about the fur trade in mostly American, only some about Canada from when first settled by Europeans till the late 1800s.  Lots about the beavers, the animal that was probably the reason for the whole trade starting off.  Interesting how the fur trappers just continued across the whole country and once beaver wasn't as important & almost gone then buffalo became the next big thing that was hunted or more like harvested to near extinction.  Interesting read with the sad parts about the killing of the animals and the pushing the Indians off the lands too.  Also interesting about how the mountain men helped grow our country from coast to coast.  Good read.

I will be posting it on PBS at some point, I think there are like 14 or maybe 10 WL for it so it will move once I decide to post it.