May 23rd, 2010

Books, Reading


Book# 7 of 50; 2187 of 15,000 Pgs by December 2010; First Time Read
Title: Tainted
Author: Julie Kenner
Genre: Fantasy
Add'l Info: Paperback; 302 pages; The Blood Lily Chronicles Trilogy (1 of 3).

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My Thoughts: Rating: 5 out of 10
The main idea is interesting, but the writing style is repetitious, sophomoric, vulgar & a bit predicable. Did I mention repetitious?? Kenner does save it towards the end, however, with a significant twist. Speaking of Kenner, the woman loves secrets - as with her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series, a lot of things would have been made clear sooner if the main character didn't hold on so tightly and hide so much...although in her defense, Lily really didn't/doesn't know who to trust and saying the wrong thing to the wrong person could lead to epic epic fail.

In Depth: I'm leaving this section blank, this time. To say one thing is to say it all

Up Next: Torn - Book 2 of the Blood Lily Chronicles

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Books 45-49 / 100

This has been quite the month of Star Trek: TNG, and so there hasn't been so much reading getting done.

45. Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens

            About a young boy, very noble and young like most Dickens' heroes, trying to make a living, protect his noble and beautiful sister, and resist the dastardly deeds of his money-grubbing uncle. 
            At over 700 pages, it was quite long, and I felt that there were certain sections that did nothing really to further the plot and just seemed to be filler chapters.  Also, after reading a lot of Dickens, I knew what had to happen, i.e. certain people had to get married, the bad guys had to die or go to jail, the good guys had to have all their problems solved, and the sad-sacks had to die a sad but beautiful death, preferably from an illness.  But I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless and Nicholas is probably my favorite Dickens hero ever, except for maybe that dude in A Tale of Two Cities.

46. Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsey, narrated by Nick Landrum for Recorded Books
              The sequel to Darkly Dreaming Dexter.  Enjoyable, and as I thought, not much like the Second Season of the show, except for the focus on Dokes.  There are some very interesting developments with Rita's kids, which I didn't expect at all. 
               And that's about all I can say without giving stuff away.

47. End of the Earth: Voyages to Antarctica - Peter Matthiessen

          About, well, the title kind of says it all.  I've really been enjoying this author's books, which are about his travels, but they aren't like any sort of travel literature I've read before.  This guy is a naturalist and ornithologist, so interested in nature and environmentalism, frequently mentioning the human effects he notices and deplores.  He's also a poet, though, beautifully and enthusiastically describing the amazing things that he sees.  And then he's a seeker, a student of Zen Buddhism, so there's always that element of spirituality in his writings.
48. Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Struggle for Justice - Michael Bobelian
        About what happened after the Armenian Genocide, from the immediate response of the United States, France, and England, sending millions in aid and trying to make reparations, to the censorship of the genocide by Turkey and United States'  complicity in order to maintain a friendship between the two countries during the cold war, through eventual Armenian activism and terrorism leading to a more recent recognition of the genocide.
        Not great writing, and most of the first few chapters is pretty general knowledge for anyone who knows anything about Armenia, but the rest of the book was informative enough.  I was most impressed by the success of Turkish censorship on this matter.  Kind of creepy that Turkey can influence which movies get made in my country.

49. The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge - Carlos Castaneda

                  The author became an apprentice to a Yaqui sorcerer and learned about becoming a "man of knowledge" through the use hallucinogens.  Meh.  Didn't get much out of it.
Chow Time

No. 22 for 2010

Title: Dead in the Family
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating: 5/5
Book: 22/50 (44% completed)
Pages: 311 pgs
Total Pages 8,116/15,000 pages (54.11% completed)
Next up: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I am a little disappointed in this book. It seemed that Sookie whined through most of the first half of the book. Yes, I do realize that she's been through a lot and she definately has a reason to whine but it just got hard to listen too.

I enjoyed meeting Eric's Maker in the book. Ocella's new child was interesting too, however, I think the characters could have been developed better.

I really enjoyed reading more about vampire politics and we even got to see some were politics as well.

One thing this books could have used more of was Eric. Definately needed more Eric. *grins*

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books 2-16

2. The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown (528p)
Typical Dan Brown novel, fun and exciting.

3. Cirque Du Freak - Darren Shan (266p)
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4. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much - Allison Hoover Bartlett. (258p)
I loved this book, I got it for x-mas and loved it. When I first saw the book I didn't think that it was going to be non-fiction but it was and it was really good. It is about rare books and thief and mystery and it was all really exciting (if you are a book enthusiast). This book made me want to find and buy rare copies of books and start a collection of my own. I highly recommend this book.

5. From This Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsberg (176p)
I had probably not read this book in over 8 years but it has always been one of my favorites. I remember reading this book when I was young and it only made my love for art and art literature grow even more. This is a children's book but a sophisticated one at that.

6. Eye Of The Needle - Ken Follett (368p)
Ken Follett is in my top 5 favorite writers and I just started to get into reading ALL of his books. Before reading Needle I had only read Pillars of The Earth and World Without End, which are too fantastic books that I highly recommend so this was the first time that I had read one of his "shorter" novels. I really enjoy how he intertwines all of his characters and is able to keep me on the edge of my seat and not want me to but the book down until its all over. I also appreciate his detail and the length he goes to research the correct information for his books. This helps make them believable and fun to read.

7. The Color Of Water - James McBride (352p)
This books was amazing. It is about a black man who had a white mother and the story is about how strong and brave she was in such harsh times. This book was very powerful and moving and it really teaches you some great life lessons and about unconditional love.

8. All But My Life - Gerda Weissmann Klein. (261p)
This is one of my all time favorite books. I had to read it four years ago for my Holocaust Literature class and I fell in love with Gerda's heartbreaking story of her life and her will to survive during the Holocaust. I hadn't read it since high school so I figured it was due for a reread and it made me fall in love all over again. There are so many sad and emotional scenes but a very happy ending.

9. Home For A Day - Anderson Ferrell (180p)
This book is about a gay man how goes home for the day to bury his dead lover in his families cemetery in the south. The story jumps back and forth between the present and the past and recalls certain memories and story that has happened to the author. This book was very interesting. Some of the stories are funny, shocking, and sad, but is ultimately about not being ashamed of who you love.

10. Alice's Advertures in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll (192p)
Short and sweet. Very different than any of the movie versions. I enjoyed the whole 2 hours it took to read.

11. Martin Dressler - Steven Millhauser (293p)
Another high school book that I finally revisited. This story is about a young boy who is a great dreamer and how he works his way up in the hotel business during the great depression. He soon becomes very rich and starts building the most grand hotels in New York City. I highly recommend this fun book about the American Dream

12. Where The Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls (208p)
There seems to be a theme with all the books I have been reading for this is another one from school, only from the 4th grade. I love this book so dearly and it is one of my all time favorites. This is a beautiful story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs Little Ann and Old Dan. This story makes me laugh and cry and it is always a pleasure to read. If you read this book it will surely become one of your favorites too.

13. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (336p)
Do I really need to say anything about this book. It's a classic and should be read at least once a year. If you haven't read it, it makes you believe that you can change the world.

14. The Hammer Of Eden - Ken Follett (448p)
Another great Follett book. This one is about an eco-terrorist group trying to cause an earthquake in California in order to save their compound. Fun book that you do not want to put down until it's all over.

15. The Third Twin - Ken Follett (422p)
Great, great book about government conspiracies and a scientist trying to find the truth out that could ruin the lives and careers of many people. Again, it's Follett so many, many twists and turns.

16. Code To Zero - Ken Follett (356p)
This one is about the space race between the US and the USSR. Contains scientist and spies and treasion and murder. Very fun, fun read. Follett's detail and research really makes his books a lot of fun to read.

Started: January 1, 2010
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Currently Reading: Red Storm Rising - Tom Clancy
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