Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Judas Field--#48 finished

This is a very good book on the Civil War in a mico sense.  It is about a group of men, mostly focusing on 3, from a small town in Mississippi that were in the Civil War and then about their life 20 years later.  A daughter of an officer that died wants to go to the battlefield and bring home her dad & brother's bodies to be buried in her family plot.  She is dying of cancer and wants to reunite the family in a sense.    The book is written about Cass, Roger and Lucien and bounces between their present time and the Civil War and at several times it takes the reader a paragraph or two to determine which time it is.  It is like the individuals have a hard time separating the times as well, especially when they return to the battlefield, the memories and their present self seem to intermingle.  The author does a good job of really putting the reader into the situation of a person in the Civil War--the time leading up to a battle and then the battle itself and also how the individual finds a way to cope with what they just went through.  A really good read.

I will be posting it on PBS, there was 1 WL for it.  I am also reading still The Twelve and Tim Allen's 2nd book, I'm Not Really Here.  I have also just started a short story book, Bronx Noir.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Post Grad--#47 finished

This is a novel that was written off a screenplay for a movie by the same name.  Girl graduate's college & doesn't get the job she wanted & has to move back in with her crazy family in LA area.  Her best friend a guy, has been secretly in love with her but she is so self obsessed and has been using him to just prop her own self esteem up she doesn't realize it.  It is really pretty bad, bad characters, bad story and just a bad book that from what wiki said also a bad movie.  It was a quick read though, but part of that is that I just wanted to get it over.  Could zoom through the pages and nice to know it is in my rear view mirror now.

I have posted it on PBS but there are 4 copies ahead of this one.  I don't think it is going anywhere but at this point can just sit on my book shelf.  I will probably look to start another book later tonight.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Skeleton Crew--#46 finished

Well this one took a while to get here.  I started it back in May to take along to the Renaissance Fair that I went to with my oldest.  The copy I have is old & beaten up so I figured a good book to carry along in a backpack--no problem if it gets knocked around or even a little rained on, both happened.  This is a Stephen King short story book with some interesting stories that are certainly a wide variety as well.  I would read one of the stories and then this book would get set aside for weeks at a time.  It went along on vacation, it sat in my car and a few pages got read when I would have to pickup Rose after school and practice.  It was a good book just to throw along.  I liked the stories and they were easy enough to pick up on if not reading for a few days.

This is a not postable book for PBS.  I will keep it around for now, probably giving it away at some point.  I just started The Twelve, the 2nd book in his vampire trilogy.  I might start a 3rd book but probably not tonight.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Of Thee I Zing--#45 finished

This is Laura Ingraham's book about what in modern society is upsetting her or at least bugs her enough to put into a book.  Generally pretty funny, a nice kind of light read.  While reading this most of what she says I can agree with, some not so much or is not a bother to me and some hits me as being that person.  I am guessing that is probably the case for most.  I think if we had the talent and inspiration this is a book most people could put together, everyone has their peeves.  I have one of her earlier books but haven't read it yet but I may have to get to it now.  Her writing in this book was pretty easy to read.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy out there on PBS so I would expect it to get picked pretty soon.  I am getting very close to finishing the Skeleton Crew, should be any day now.  I am also just into The Judas Field, like 30 some pages only.  I will look at starting or at least picking out a book tonight yet.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running--#44 finished

This is a book by and about Haruki Murakami a Japanese author that is pretty interesting.  He has written several novels, I haven't read any though, but this is instead about himself, a kind of memoir.  He is also a runner, usually doing a marathon and a triathlon a year.  It was interesting to read him talk about himself as far as training and how the exercise has become more than a routine but is really just a part of who he is.  He has an easy writing style that has an easy flow to it, it makes me look forward to tracking down one of his novels and trying it out.  I liked this book and I think he had some really interesting perspectives with his running, since I am a sort of runner, it was nice to read.

I will post it on PBS at some point, there are plenty of WL for it.  I am still working on Skeleton Crew and getting it closer to finished, still a hundred some pages to go.  I am also reading Laura Ingraham's latest book, which is just short thoughts on things that bug her--something about muffin tops in the title. I also just started a Civil War novel, I think it is the Judas Field.  I will probably just continue with these 3 for now maybe adding something later this week.

Friday, September 6, 2013

"I" is for Innocent--#43 finished

The next in series of Kinsey Millhone.  Another good book, good investigation and also worked a little more on some of those other characters in her life.  She also seemed to head out into the suburbs a little more expanding beyond just her normal territory.  Good book & good read.

I will not be posting this one, this was actually a library book.  I don't check many books out from the library but buy lots from the library sales.  I didn't want to order this one from PBS since it is an older book and didn't want to wait for it to come in, instead just got it from the library.  I have the next several in this series already so will be able to continue on with it.  I plan to step up my reading of this series, I realized if only 2 a year, it would be 13 years to read the series--way to long.  Will try 4, 5 or more a year instead.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blood Line--#42 finished

This was the next in the James Rollins series of Sigma Force.  It was okay to good and at points very good.  Just too much out there stuff.  At the end of the book, he lists sources or where he comes up with some of the ideas for the story--I like this even if some just still seems a little out there.  It is a good action and page turner type book.  Characters seem a little forced and just hard to buy into them as well, but overall a good read.

I won't be posting it on PBS, this was an ex-library book that would be pushing the limits of posting on PBS.  Has some fingerprint type stains, tear on one page & some pages that don't appear water stained but are crooked or crinkly like they might have been.  All that means I will be donating it somewhere else instead of mailing off through PBS.