January 22nd, 2016

My Own Book of Prayers by Mary Batchelor

book 14:  My Own Book of Prayers by Mary Batchelor

Book of prayers organized by subject for children.  Nice idea, I guess, if you are trying to raise religious children.  Some of the poetry in some of the prayers was forced and pretty crappy.  Other poems I recognized and am pretty sure were not the editor's, so I wasn't very impressed with her giving credit. 

One Thousand and One Nights, Volumes 6-7 by Jeon JinSeok

books 15-16:  One Thousand and One Nights, Volumes 6-7 by Jeon JinSeok

Sehara completes the story of Socrates and Alcibiades.  Shahryar is lured into a confrontation with his brother Shazaman by proof that Shazaman is harboring and has been having an affair with Shahryar's estranged wife.  While Shahryar is away from the palace, the Crusaders, who secretly have a deal with Shazaman in which he gets free trade routes and they get Jerusalem without a struggle, attack and take over, including taking custody of Sehara.  Shahryar tries to rush back to save Sehara and his people but is hijacked by Ali, who is still out for revenge against the sultan for killing his beloved.  Shahryar convinces Ali to postpone his revenge until Baghdad can be liberated, with which Ali agrees to assist.  Meanwhile, Sehara tells a story of 21st century war to the invading king, bringing in concepts of the Tower of Babel and subsequent misunderstandings among different peoples and the power of compassion.

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

book 17:  Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

This is the first Alex Cross mystery.  It has a megalomaniac, serial killer/ mass murderer trying to commit the crime of the century, with inspiration coming from the unsolved Charles Lindberg kidnapping/ murder case.  There is also a lot of subterfuge and plots within plots, but I won't go into details for fear of spoiling some of the twists.  They made a movie out of this book, which I saw first, but they really gutted it.  There is much more intricacy to the plots in the text, and the character of Alex Cross as well as his adversaries have many more facets and much more depth.  Patterson is a popular author, so hopefully his next book Kiss the Girls is as well crafted.  At least I did like the movie for Kiss the Girls, so the book has more to live up to.  Now I just have to find a used copy somewhere... 
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101 Great American Poems by The American Poetry & Literacy Project

book 18:  101 Great American Poems by The American Poetry & Literacy Project

This is a collection of American poetry published as an outreach project to promote poetry reading.  Most of the poems and authors selected are famous, but some I think are more for historical context.  (At least I had never heard of them before.)

Five Favorites:
"Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant
"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
"Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
"Dream Deferred (Harlem)" by Langston Hughes
among others...

Discovered I did not care for (mostly):
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, and maybe a couple other one-shots

It covers American authors that were alive some time between 1612 to 1982, so no really modern stuff and, of course, no foreign authors.