Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cathedral--#42 finished

A short story book by Raymond Carver.  The back of the book reviews sounded good so had it on my PBS WL and read it shortly after it arrived.  Published in the early '80s the stories seem from a time of the '70s.  Good stories some interesting characters but no real wow for me.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy in system so I think should move at some point.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Keeper--#41 finished

This was supposed to be a kind of scary book about a screwed up small town in Maine.  Screwed up town-yes, people living screwed up lives-yes, scary well not really.  I just couldn't buy into that a good looking young lady that was abused by her dad became an evil thing that brought alive the ghosts of this dying small town.  People have secrets, small towns have a history of secrets, okay but it basically ends there for me.  Not scary but more like why aren't the people there more helpful and nice and get this young lady help instead of abandoning her to become the town whore.

I had this mass market paperback for a while & needed a book to carry around places & it fit the bill. Wasn't all that entertaining but can now at least give it away.  There are only a few copies on PBS but it is not in that great of shape so it will just go to my give away pile.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

November 22, 1963--#40 finished

This is the date that President Robert Kennedy was shot.  The author Adam Braver mixes fact & his fiction or ideas into some of what happened that day from the perspective of Jackie Kennedy.  A really good read with interesting insights into some of the people surrounding the day--Abe Zapruder and his film, a hearse driver that shared a smoke with Jackie in the hospital, the mechanic that had to start cleanup & repairs on the limo afterwards, just interesting things.  I have not paid much attention to his assassination simply because it seems so many others have and the level of detail and opinions is just too much to really get a grasp on.  This was a good read with good info and also gets into what the feelings and emotions Jackie was going through.

There were 2 WL for it & I already posted it & will be mailing it off probably tomorrow.

Monday, July 31, 2017

All My Puny Sorrows--#39 finished

A really good read with humor and tragedy mixed in with a good story.  Two daughters raised in a Memonite family in Canada with their mom are the main characters in the novel.  The older & extremely talented pianist also is in the hospital for trying kill herself.  The struggle of the family trying to save her & also come to grips with this reality make this both a torture and a coming together for them.  Lots of good side characters and scenes in the book too.  Just a good read all around.

I will be posting it on PBS at some point, I think there are 30 or maybe 40 WL for it.  This makes 9 books read in July, a very good month for me.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Faith and Betrayal--#39 finished

The author researched a long ago relative that was very well to do in England in the 1850s that decided to leave England behind and join the Mormans in Utah.  The book talked about the missionaries that converted people in Europe and the trip they had to take to get to America and then to get to Council Bluffs, IA before starting off on the Morman trail.  Because Jean Rio was well to do she was able to avoid some hardships--like able to buy additional oxen or cattle when they died.  But the book does a very good job explaining those hardships all around.  Jean traveled with her children and extended family, her husband had died the year before the trip.  Once getting to Utah though things were not as she expected either.  The book discusses much of what was going on with Brigham Young, the plural marriages, that women only able to attain heaven by being attached to a husband, having to give most of her material items she brought with her to the Mormans and being only given a rough house.  Much of this book came from a diary Jean Rio wrote about the travels but once in Utah the diary ends, the author speculates that because of the Morman problems that Jean didn't want to put anything in writing.  Eventually two of her sons leave & move to California but a son & daughter stay.  Jean does leave to California once transcontinental train opens and by then there was more freedom of movement.  A very good read about the people and the time.

I have posted this on PBS, there were 2 WL for it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Room For Improvement--#37 finished

Writer John Casey put together this book with articles or notes about his lifelong sports.  Mostly rowing with some skiing & running in there too.  Also some stuff on survival camps and boating camps he attended.  Certainly sounds like an interesting life and a love of these sports that helped keep him in shape & going.  Was well into his 70s and going strong at the end of the book.  Nothing really exciting & since I hadn't read anything by him have no real attachment to the stories or book.

I will post on PBS, there are zero copies in system so could go I guess at some point.

The Eternity Cure--#36 finished

The 2nd in a 3 book series about a young lady that becomes a vampire.  The world is a big mess, vampires rule, some humans help the vampires and some are fringe sorts.  Also many humans have become zombie like things called Rabids which basically over run large areas.  In first book Allie was turned into vampire & taught some stuff by mentor and then she got separated & helped a group of humans reach a place called Eden where humans would be safe.  She kept her vampireness hidden from the most of the way & helped but they found out and book ended with her being separated from them.  Zeke was leader's son that she kind of liked but the whole vampire human thing was/is problem.  Well this book she is looking for mentor who was kidnapped by evil vampire guy that also turns another disease loose on humans hurting the blood supply/food for vampires.  She meets up with evil brother--same mentor turned them both, and they are eventually joined by Zeke who came to look for Allie.  They find a cure for new disease but Zeke is caught by crazy evil vampire, that is where 3rd book going.  Good series as far as these vampire world to hell books go.

My oldest read the first & will probably read this one too so holding it at least until then.  Still have first in series too.