Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Free--#56 finished

I have read 2 books by this author, Willy Vlautin now & have really enjoyed both books.  Just really transports you the reader into the heartache & struggles of his characters.  Not a whole lot positive feelings going on in the book so that made it hard to get through at times.  Doesn't spell out endings either but generally leave this one with a feeling that things will get better for most but still a life it tough and nothing is promised to you thoughts still run in the background.

There is 1 WL for this book and I will probably post it & mail off if accepted but not sure yet.  I liked other book read, Northline & mailed it off and sort of regret it.  I have ordered another book of his in PBS so hopefully it comes in & I can continue working through his books.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MARTians--#55 finished

A different sort of book.  The world has kind of gone to hell but not in a zombie or world wide disease kind of way.  The book never really lets you know what is happening to everyone, just a girl that is suddenly graduated out of school years early and the people that she joins up with.  Everyone graduates in order for the government to save money and further reduce taxes.  The girl, Zoe is a lucky one in that she is able to get a job--more of a very low paid internship at a Walmart type place.  She is very much in the have not situation but it sounds like there could be some haves too but they are never really talked about or discussed.  Just the bleak life & future of Zoe and friends.  The book ends with things going to more heck and her and the boy she likes driving off to their future somewhere.  Lots of funny and sometimes seeming too much real things going on in this short book.  A very good read.

There are 2 WL for it and while I really liked it, I don't see it as a keeper.  Will be better off being mailed off to someone else to enjoy.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

When Race Becomes Real: Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories--#54 finished

This is a good read that makes you think.  It was put together in 2002 and it seems a lot has happened in the time since then.  We have had our first black President and lately have had protests about police actions against African Americans.  Reading this book and their insights I kept wondering what they would say today and I imagine a lot of the same things they were saying then.  Our new President and  the campaign brought racial issues back in front but instead of blacks as the focus it was hispanics.  Racial politics continues on.  It is the personal relationships where change needs to occur and it probably is in many areas.  A good read.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy but not sure if it will move or not.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Prisoner--#53 finished

This is the next in the author's John Wells series.  A former CIA guy that still does CIA stuff.  This time gets a tip that terrorists have something big coming up.  He gets put into jail with terrorists--being a former inside guy in AQ he can fit in with the ISIS types now.  Gets the info & finds ways to stop the worst of the bad stuff.  Good read and nice continuation of the series, other books were better I think but nice to see this series continue.

There are like 20 something WL for it so I will mail it off at some point.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Hollow Man--#52 finished

This book had been on my shelf for years, it is a mass market paperback with small writing so those usually do get picked to be read first unless there is something grabbing me about the book.  I think the only reason I had the book was because a hospital room in St Louis was mentioned on the back cover.  Well it is almost too bad because I really didn't like this book.  What started as an interesting idea, a professor can read, in his head, what other people are thinking.  His wife is the same & together can communicate with each other without talking.  She dies of cancer & he goes off the deep end.  Then for just really no reasons at all, he burns down the house, goes to nowhere Florida, meets up with a mafia guy disposing of a body, gets away, becomes homeless in Denver, beats someone up, goes west & does work on a ranch until the crazy lady owner with steel fake teeth and a desire to kill people & freeze them tries to catch him.  Then he stumbles into Vegas, wins a bunch of money & gets kidnapped by mafia guy.  What should have been a decent story was just destroyed by all that crap in the middle.  Then the end he gets sucked into the thoughts of a death, blind & dumb kid in St Louis where he can hang with his wife.  Just terrible.  Maybe I am a bad judge but this was not it for me, not even close.

I was thinking about posting on PBS but there are already 6 copies and just no reason to do so.  I will put this in my give-away pile.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Plain Sense of Things--#51 finished

What a great read, really enjoyed this book and will be on my keeper shelf.  She loosely follows a family through generations in the far Western part of Nebraska.  Talks about the tough life of the plains and you get a sense of the desolation that is around the people living there.  I really enjoyed how you as the reader get to really know & understand the characters but only to a degree, there is much left unsaid about the people as well.  Really good and very mature read, one of my favorites of the year.

This is a keeper for me.  I think there is one copy on PBS so no need to add this one to it.

The Mirrored World--#50 finished

A story of a not all that well to do family of nobility in St Petersburg.  An extended family where they have to try to marry off the girls & succeed with 2 of the 3, the 3rd marrying when much older and rest of family mostly out of picture.  Story talks about the struggles of their position as well as the every day struggles of life at that time.  Xenia the middle daughter had married with love to a well respected & liked singer but after struggling to have a baby & then losing the baby after a few months, Xenia slips into remorseful state.  Her husband then dies & well she goes off the deep end and thought dead only to be found living on the street in a poor part of town as a kind of holy fool.  The last daughter married an Italian singer eunuch and after he died is when she found Xenia but could not control or change Xenia.  A good story with interesting characters and an interesting insight into a possible life at that time.

There are 6 WL for this book so will probably post & mail at some point.