Saturday, June 28, 2014

Third Degree--#40 finished

A fast paced action novel.  About everything that could happen, happens all in one day to a family--kind of seat of your pants action--keeps you busy enough with the action that you don't step back and think just not possible.  Not that great of a story but still fun overall.  At least a little different from the military/spy action novels I have been reading.  Also nice not a series, just over after one book.

I have posted it on PBS, but there are over 300 copies of this version of the book, so hundreds more of other paperbacks and hardback probably on the system.  This book won't be going anywhere unless someone throws it in as a extra book to order.  I will leave it posted for now since I might do a deal at some point on my bookshelf.  I have plenty of credits right now on PBS so no worries there, more worry about how slow WL books seem to be coming in.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tiger--#39 finished

This is a book about Tiger Woods written right after his sex scandal, not sure if that is the correct way to refer to it since it was multiple sexual events but I think everyone gets the picture.  The book does a nice job of talking about his parents and their lives and then into Tiger's life.  Pretty remarkable life for Tiger from little on to now.  It is too bad for his family that all this came out in such a public light, his ex-wife seems to not want the spotlight and putting kids through it is terrible too.  The paparazzi is one of those scourges on our society but of course it is us the public that feeds them.  I guess we just suck.  Oh well, I thought this was a good read, lots of good insight into Tiger and his family.  Also interesting stuff about how the PGA tour really depends on Tiger's name to get viewers and then prize money coming in.

I will be posting it on PBS, there are already 3 copies on the system but figure it should move at some point--once Tiger starts golfing and winning again.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Reckoning--#38 finished

Interesting characters and decent story, seems like some of it could have been fleshed out a little more.  I enjoyed the book but had a lot going on with it and by end you seem to have a lot of questions.  Not questions on the ending which are there but questions on how it got there, it did explain it but just to me seems like more was needed.  I had read another book by this author and kind of liked it, more of a lukewarm feeling and again I think this is about the same.  I know he has other books out there but not sure if I will try one or not.  Might just wait to see if one stumbles my way.

I have posted it on PBS, there was only 1 WL for it and I figured I should move it if I can.  Still reading Tiger, about Tiger Woods.  Also have kind of started Orange is the New Black.  I will need to get another book or 2 going, probably later today.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

General JO Shelby's March--#37 finished

General JO Shelby was a Civil War general for the Confederates in the Missouri Arkansas area.  After the South surrendered he and many of his men decided not to surrender but instead march into Mexico where a civil war was going on between Maximilian, who as Emperor was propped up by the French and Juarez leading many of the native Mexicans.  Shelby and his men thought they would go as an army and fight for one side against the other but that didn't happen either.  Before crossing into Mexico his men voted to side with Maximilian while Shelby wanted to side with Juarez.  Really though neither side wanted them because neither side thought they could trust them.  Also Shelby was trying to sell the idea that he could get thousands of Confederate soldiers to join him, which had to be scary because at that point both sides thought they could win their civil war.  Shelby and thousands of Confederates might instead try to take over was the fear.  In the end though Mexico was crumbling and Shelby and others were given land grants and the lands seemed promising but there was no security to keep bandits and rebels at bay--most Confederates returned to the US.  Also after a couple years, the Union seemed more welcoming than right after the war--Shelby feared either jail or execution for his crimes.  Instead when he came back he took an oath and was basically free to return to his home.  Other interesting stories of his association with Frank & Jesse James and then becoming US Marshall at the end of his life--really make him an interesting character in US history.  It was just a few days ago I was also watching The Outlaw Josie Wales and Josie mentions going into TX to catch up with Shelby and continuing on to Mexico at one point--really funny how that happens.

I have posted this book on PBS, there were 3 WL for it and it was on auto accept so didn't have to wait for it.  I will be mailing it off in next couple days along with a couple other books that someone ordered.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Mid-Night Club--#36 finished

This is a James Patterson book from the late 1980s.  Not too bad but it does read a little old but obviously that can't be helped.  A crime boss with legitimate businesses tries to become the leader of all crime bosses but also can't help getting dirty still doing killings, etc.  A kind of take over the world by finance and money through crime--drug trade, prostitution, etc, etc.  Characters okay & story okay but that is about it, not really an exciting book.  My copy was a mass media paperback and I needed a book like that to tuck in and take places the last month & this one fit the bill.  Would have qualified for a summer reading book during vacation but already finished it.

I might as well post it on PBS at this point since I got it from a PBS deal but I don't expect it to go anywhere unless I offer a deal or something.  There are many copies on PBS already.