January 24th, 2012


Books #5 & #6

Book #5 was "The Jehovah Contract" by Victor Koman. My husband and I both read the book 10 or 12 years ago and loved it and decided to re-read it together. The premise of the book is that the protagonist, Dell Ammo -- an assassin who masquerades as a private detective -- is given a contract to kill God. The book is really a lot of philosophy wrapped up in a crime noirish slightly alternative future setting. There's a psychic pre-teen prostitute, a beautiful femme fatale that nobody but Dell can seem to see, an angry, murderous cadre of ministers, imams and rabbis called the Ecclesia and blasphemy a-plenty. Very fun book. I'm glad we bought it and added it to our private library.

Book #6 was "When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor" by Philip Zazove. Zazove was one of the most profoundly hard-of-hearing young men to be mainstreamed into regular school as a child and had to fight for his education each step of the way, finally becoming a family practice doctor in Utah. His tales of his patients issues, big and small, are entertaining, all told in a very homey, down-to-earth manner. I liked this book quite a bit, and he's a local-to-me-author since he now resides and practices in Michigan.

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Book 3

Book three of the year was The Pregnant Widow; inside history by Martin Amis. This irritated me. Personally I would love to spend an entire summer living in an Italian castle, servants on hand, swimming pool, endless books to read... but the main character spends his time trying to **** others in the castle, in addition to his girlfriend. Endless speculating about women's bodies (breasts and bums feature highly, as well as other parts that the LJ reader will have to imagine a sex-obsessed man thinking about) as well as showing off the literature that he was reading, proved by quotes from Shakespeare, TS Eliot, obscure 19th century poets, Hardy, etc.
At the same time, there were fascinating characters who were not dealt with. Or allowed to descend into misery, through negligence by the main character, who is self-obsessed.
The latter part of the book moved rapidly from 1970 (the Italian castle) to the present, and updating the effects of the vital summer on all concerned.

I was still left with that frustrating feeling of reading about the lives of the rich and famous, none of whom had very much to do.
Still, another 465 pages, so three books, at 1350 pages.
Kanye Shrug
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Book # 3: Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen still remains one of my favorite stories. This is my second time reading the story, and I can definitely appreciate it more than I did the first time around in high school English. Since I'm sure most people are familiar with the book and may have read it, I won't go into a summary.

I read both a hard copy and on my nook with a free B&N classic edition. For some reason it was easier for me to follow the B&N version of the book than my other copy (pictured above). Either way, Mr. Darcy still makes me swoon. I plan on reading "Mr. Darcy's Diary" next (an idea borrowed from another user). I think I may even watch the movie again today before I have to go to work. :)

If you haven't read P&P since high school, pick it up again. It's definitely one of the best romance novels I've ever read.