Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Confessions from Left Field--#17 finished

I thought this would be more of a baseball book but instead it was more of a story of the author's screwed up life.  Time period late '70s and into early '80s, with the baseball strike right in the middle.  It was a time that I was really following baseball and thought it would be great to get another perspective on what was going on.  He touched on some baseball and some of what was still happening back then was interesting but mostly he was a kind of nomad.  I will have to wikipedia this author just to see what happened to him.  His writing was interesting at times and he certainly had a different view on things but overall a pretty forgettable book.

I have posted it on PBS, there is already 1 copy in system ahead of it.  I don't expect this to move but stranger things have happened.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not--#16 finished

Author Richard Shenkman looks at myths and legends of American history and goes about debunking some of them.  It is an older book but since looking back, no problem but kind of surprised if these are really the case that I haven't heard more about them.  Interesting read and with our oldest in high school and seeing how quickly they zip through a topic in history, easy to see how some of this is continued and not corrected.

I have already posted it on PBS, it is the 4th copy so I don't expect it to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Patriot Threat--#15 finished

This is the next in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series.  Good series but seems like earlier ones I read were better.  This one just seemed a little to much DiVinci Code like for my taste.  Just seemed a little too forced altogether and the whole North Korean angle just didn't make much sense.  Still a good read, good page turner type book.

I will be posting on PBS probably pretty soon.  There are 27 WL for it but it is a mass media paperback so those move a lot quicker than other books.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Visits From the Drowned Girl--#14 finished

I finished this book and set it aside for a day to try to figure out what I thought of it and I am still not really sure.  Overall, I would have to say I did not like it.  A just kind of bizarre story of a guy that climbs towers to paint, change lights, repairs and while up a desolate tower witnesses a girl setup a camera, strip down and walk into a raging river & be carried away.  He was too far up & too far away to stop it but coming down goes to the spot & collects the girls belongings--clothes, backpack and camera.  The backpack was full of earlier tapes the girl made.  He thinks about going to police & handing it all over but instead keeps it and slowly watches the tapes & gets involved in the girl's family.  Her sister is a dwarf that seems to be just a nice girl.  Benny, the guy, is basically trash and has trashy friends.  He kind of puts on an act for the sister but his trashiness comes through at times.  At the end he puts back the camera & things and leaves them for someone else to find, I guess.  I was really hoping he would jump in the river too--I really didn't like him.  There were times you could tell he was conflicted about what he was doing but other times just pushed ahead with the crap of his life--just a really unlikeable character.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy so will probably move at some point I am guessing.

Monday, March 7, 2016

R is for Ricochet--#13 finished

The next in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone series.  Another good book in series and some changes seem to be underway.  Her landlord Henry had a woman that he was kind of interested in but didn't work out but seems to have laid groundwork for future dating.  Kinsey gets what could be a steady type boyfriend, a police detective that she always seemed to have a thing for and he is newly divorced after a very short marriage.  They are getting along very well.  Case was a little different but had the twists and turns and details that kept it all moving along.  No mention of her recently found family this time though.  Still liking the series and where things are moving.

This is a keeper series for me so onto the shelf it goes.