March 20th, 2011

Eric in Robe

No. 20 for 2011

Title: Tick Tock
Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Rating: 5/5
Book: 20/50 (40% completed)
Pages: 387 pgs
Total Pages: 7,526/15,000 pages (50.17% completed)
Version: Book
Next up: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

This was full of Patterson's usual twists and turns. The plot never slowed and the crimes were Patterson worthy. Very enjoyable read.

While the Alex Cross series remains my favourite seris from Patterson, I think the Michael Bennett series takes second place.

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Book 8: The Poe Shadow

#8: The Poe Shadow - Matthew Pearl (2006, 400 pages)

There is no greater mystery in the literary world that what happened to Edgar Allan Poe in his final days. And in The Poe Shadow, Matthew Pearl tackles that very subject.

Quentin Clark has it all: a partnership in one of Baltimore's best law firms, money and the love of his childhood friend Hattie. But as news of Poe's death reaches Clark, he puts his entire life in jeopardy as he sets out to learn the truth. Clark tries his best to encourage the police and Poe's acquaintances to show more care, but no one seems to listen. Realizing he's in over his head, Clark heads to Paris to seek out the man who served as the basis for the first literary detective, C. Aguste Dupin. Throughout Clark's journey, he learns there is more to Poe than he ever imagined, and the mystery surrounding the writer's death is far greater as well.

Pearl clearly did his homework in discovering as much as possible regarding the circumstances of Poe's death. Though the tale is fiction, it is centered in fact, driving readers to want to seek out more information regarding the writer and the mystery that was the end of his life. Clark is a sympathetic man, even though he's clearly obsessed and putting his life, career and family at stake. But even as his obsession grows to dangerous levels, you cannot help but turn each page to see where the situation will take him next, which is why I give this a strong four out of five croaks of "Nevermore."

Total Books Read:
8 / 50 (16 percent)
Total Pages Read: 2,980 / 15,000 (20 percent)
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So far this year

1.) Unbearable Lightness - Portia de Rossi - I devoured this book. It was a heavy read for me - not that it was difficult, but that it was a downer. I read it right after another eating disorder book, and I think I'm done reading them. They're mentally draining 3/5

2.) My Horizontal Life - Chelsea Handler - Read this in 24 hours. Hilarious. Not a great piece of literature, obviously. But definitely a quick, enjoyable, light read. 4/5

3.) Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi - I have always been intrigued by the Tate/LaBiana murders, perhaps because of the hippie-culture surrounding it. I tried watching the movie version twice, to no avail. I liked it, but I really don't have an attention span for movies longer than 2 hours. This book, however, I could not put down. And I know it's a good book because it "stuck" with me. Certain books and films do that to me; I'll find them creeping into my mind after I close them. 5/5

4.) Just Kids - Patti Smith Very sad book. It was good, but I was expecting better just because of all of the reviews on Amazon (my mistake to look at them in the first place). I thought it was awesome because I've always had a thing for NYC in the 60s - the whole WArhol/Sedgwick scene was touched upon. Very sad, though :(

5.) Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - Exceptional true story. It's heartbreaking, and at some points I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep reading because it was very sad. However, I'm glad I pursued. Glad I read this. 4/5

6.) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - I read 95% of it because I was loaning it on Kindle, and they told me I had an extra day to read it, then ripped it from my Kindle while I was turning a page. Sigh. Anyways. It was a good book, but very sad. For some reason, I couldn't get really, really into this one (perhaps because I was on a limited reading schedule for it). I wish I could have read the other 5% 4/5

- started reading but did not finish Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro. Idk. Just couldn't get into this one. I watched the movie before I finished the book and decided I didn't like it.

7.) Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult Eh. Nothing can really compare to Nineteen Minutes. This kind of fell flat. I understand why some authors leave the ending "up to you," with loose ends, but it really didn't work in this one. 2/5

8.) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens It was really good! It started dragging by the end, because it is a long novel with many Dickensian ramblings, but overall I found it a touching book.

Currently Reading: Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult