Saturday, February 17, 2018

Joyland--#8 finished

A hard case crime paperback that was written by Stephen King.  It was a good read and a good reminder that King can really write just good stories.  Many of his novels are the supernatural world has changed--likely for the worse--or other type of large epic things happening to a person or world.  This was just a kind of coming of age story with a crime that was in the background for most of the book.  Just a good read.  It has been a long time since I read his short story book Different Seasons or something like that and from what I remember this was kind of the same feeling to it.

I will post on PBS, there are no WL for it but there was 1 a few days ago so figure it will probably move at some point.

Monday, February 12, 2018

On Par--#7 finished

On Par: The Everyday Golfer's Survival Guide, a good golf read.  The author has a column in the NY Times, I don't read the times & rarely read about golf but I know there are some good golfing stories so thought I would try this.  I had picked it up on a library sale so for probably a dollar.  It was more about golf than golfing stories but still a good read generally.  I have golf but the last few years has been a 1 or 2 times a year thing.  Now more into Disc Golf, frisbee as some would say.  No cost to use the course and try to get the kids involved with it, price is certainly right.  Can do 9 holes in under an hour & 18 in under 2 hours.  I just don't have the time & money to put toward golfing regularly so Disc Golf fits much better.  Oh well, book was good read.

There were no copies on PBS so I posted it & it got requested today so will be mailing it off this week.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Seventh Plague--#6 finished

A Sigma Force novel series book.  Author James Rollins finds things that kind of lean to some truths and string together a nice and exciting fiction novel where some of this could point to some this could really happen.  This one is just a little too far out there but I am guessing this isn't the easiest thing to do either so still have to give him some credit.  The plagues of Egypt with Dr Livingston & Stanley and then Tesla and throw in Mark Twain and others too.  Weird mix of people and stories.  I guess what I don't like is how all this stuff had gone unnoticed for years and now all the sudden comes up and this group of Sigma people quickly figure it out and do battle with the bad people trying to cause lots of trouble, etc.  Oh well, at least usually makes for quick interesting read.

I will post on PBS probably pretty soon since a paperback book, there are 14 WL for it so will try to move soon on it.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere--#5 finished

A college student writer gets to follow a Class A baseball team in Clinton, IA for a season.  Team and coaches allow him access to players and locker room and he sits with fans during the game.  Brings an interesting perspective to the players, the minors, fans & the local town.  Really an interesting read, especially if a baseball fan.  I checked Baseball Reference more than a few times to lookup players & see how their baseball career went, interesting that a couple players that didn't last on the team long are still playing in Independent or Mexican League ball.  Also fun to see the 4 or 5 that made it to the major leagues too.  I really enjoyed this book.

I will post it on PBS at some point, there are no copies in system but too busy with other stuff right now that I don't want to post it & get it requested, not sure will have time to hit the post office for the next few days.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Good Mayor--#4 finished

A romance more than story book it seems.  Had some weird stuff too that just made it confusing.  A good mayor loves his secretary and she is in a tough marriage that has seemed to fall to pieces after their young baby died.  The mayor is wooing her with lunches, etc but never goes beyond that to force the issue.  When he finally realizes that is what she wants he was hours late because she found another guy that was around her husband.  If she had half a brain this would not have happened but then I guess book would not have been published either.  She is then in a terrible relationship but doesn't want to admit she was wrong.  Life with her as secretary & mayor is bad too, seems like can't stand each other.  Boyfriend dies, she turns into a dog so they can escape to land across the sea and she can turn back into a loving wife for the now ex-mayor.  Also weird stuff about the city saint that sees everything & talks in the book.  An Italian family that runs a coffee shop and a locked away stage with imaginary performers that come out a few times.  I don't get it and have spent too long already writing this up for a book that was probably just not worth the time.

I have posted it on PBS & there were already 3 copies in system.  I don't think it will move but will leave on bookshelf for now.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty--#3 finished

A screwed up kind of family, Big the grandmother and her daughter Little and Little's daughter Mosey are each 15 years apart from their mom.  Story starts with Big being worried because Mosey turning 15 and that is when she had her baby and then her daughter had hers so she is afraid Mosey will continue this family tradition.  From there the book takes off in some serious directions.  Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the 3 main characters.  A pretty good story, some of it just too far out there and also has the easy to hate people too.  Seems like some things & people get introduced and then kind of pushed aside, seems like there would be more to tell in some directions.  Still overall a good and interesting read.  Mostly enjoyable.

I will be posting on PBS at some point, 8 WL for it so doesn't have to go soon but will probably move it along in next month or so.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Live Girls--#2 finished

A different sort of book, really kind of strange.  Just weird people in a run down & bad, sad part of town.  Reading the reality of the girl, the main character, she is basically a liar about all details of her life.  She takes about her sister that had an accident & scarred her face at a young age & the sister blames the main character about this.  Sister becomes a recluse and eventually dies young.  Kind of wonder if this girl is really the other sister and then wonder if any of the story is true.  Which kind of lead me to wonder why did I bother reading this.  Not the best book out there, at least for me, I just don't get it.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy in the system so I would think it will move at some point. While I didn't like it, it has an artsy feel to it.