Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Mortal Enemy--#41 finished

A short novel by Willa Cather.  Kind of interesting look at the life of a lady that was adopted and when became a young adult picked lover over the family money.  Her father said if she goes off and marries her boyfriend she will be left out of his considerable will and he will give it all to charities, she was their only child and I think the mother had past.  She chooses love in a grand dramatic gesture and while her life was good it is not the fairy tale either.  She also ends her life poor after living younger & middle age years doing well when husband had good job.  At end she seems to miss the money but not sure if that is just old age and poor health talking or if she really means she lives a regretful life.  An interesting read and interesting characters, I really do like Cather's writing in general.

This one is not in good enough shape for PBS and since it is a Cather book I would not be mailing it anyway.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Exposed--#40 finished

This is the next in Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell FBI series.  This pushed along the series and was a good read with some details about Ebola, this is what they were exposed to.  Her boss dies from it setting up change of leadership issues for Maggie in the next installment.  This is a good series, kind of gross at times & just too unlikely but interesting enough to want to see it through.

I am keeping the Alex Kava books since she is a NE author so won't be putting this one on PBS.                                                            

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Infinite Tides--#39 finished

I really enjoyed this book.  An astronaut on the space station for a extended tour has his life fall apart from him while up there.  His daughter dies in a car accident and then days after this his wife lets him know she is divorcing him.  Work has been his whole life and after these shocks, he starts getting migraines so he can no longer perform at work too.  Problems in getting him down & new crew up happen but that was all kind of background.  The book starts after he is down and him trying to understand and restart his life.  NASA puts him on hold with everything going on and he returns to his house that his wife has almost completely cleaned out.  It is a struggle for him--emotions are something he avoided, instead preferring his math and calculations.  Some interesting side characters and it took a while but you see that he does kind of get through it but the end of the book doesn't really take that step.  You just kind of know that he will be alright now.

This is one of those multiple WL books that I ordered so I will be sending it off on PBS at some point probably in a few weeks.  Really liked this book.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Infidelities--#38 finished

This is a short story book by Josip Novakovich a native of Croatia.  The stories are all about the Balkans, the area of the former Yugoslavia that broke apart in bloody wars in the 1990s.  Very good stories and characters.  Mostly about the times of the 1990s when this country was breaking up into several and the author took the perspective of the individual person and how they were affected by the war.  Some very emotional writing.  I also enjoyed the author wrote from both a female and male perspective very convincingly.  Good book that I enjoyed.

There is a little water damage on the last 30 or so pages so I cannot post it on PBS.  I will start a new stack of books to be given away with it.  I will probably also be sorting off some of the ones on my PBS bookshelf that were never move & give them away as well.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Blood Gospel--#37 finished

This is a new James Rollins series he is writing along with Rebecca Cantrell.  The basic idea is there are evil vampires, have been since ever and Jesus comes along and saves Lazarus and Lazarus is first in a line of priests(?) or workers for Christ maybe that do battle with the vampires.  All of this is sort of behind the scenes of everyones normal lives.   That is the premise, then the story is a couple regular people, a soldier and a hot archeologist get thrown in with a vampire for Christ to hunt down the Blood Gospel.  If the premise works for you then the story isn't bad.  If the premise gives you problems well I am sure the rest of the book would as well.  This is the first in a new series so will have to see where it goes, I do have book 2 already.  I thought the premise wasn't bad, parts were clever and they used enough historical events that you can sort of see where it could tie in so good so far.  The story itself and some of the characters just kind of out there.  Good enough that I will go to book 2 at least.

I have already posted it on PBS, there are 4 or 5 copies already out there so probably won't move quick unless the series itself becomes a hit.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Summons--#36

This was the vacation reader book, a good quick read by John Grisham, written a few years back.  A good story of a 2 sons of a MS judge, one sort of good son and one addict and overall bad son.  Both basically estranged from their dad, dad asks both to come back to go over will.  When good son gets there dad is dead and he finds lots of cash hidden in boxes.  Not knowing how or why the cash got there, he has to stash it first & then figure out what to do with it, he is also the executor.  Some interesting stuff on what goes on and of course he is being stalked but he can't figure out by who.  Pretty good story, easy quick read.

I just passed this along to my sister while at vacation, book was mass paperback so sure there are hundreds of copies already on PBS so no reason to put another one.