Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I found this book to be heart warming and sweet. I saw the movie before I read it and thought the book better, of course. I've only read one other of Letts' books, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon. I enjoyed that one and it's off beat characters as well.
Novalee Nation and her boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, are on their way to Bakersfield, California when he abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own. She is seventeen, pregnant and finds herself living at the Wal-Mart for two months. While there she meets several people who will befriend her and help her change her life.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Cussler presents another great action/adventure book in this, the fifth book in the Oregon Files series. The Oregon is a dilapidated looking wreck of a ship on the outside while on the inside it is brimming with the newest up to the minute equipment and weapons. The Captain, one-legged Juan Cabrillo and his crew of former military and spy personnel, use it as a private enterprise, available for any government agency that can afford it. These are the good guys though, so relax and enjoy the tale.
After finishing a mission against Iran in the Persian Gulf, the crew of the Oregon comes across a cruise ship adrift in the sea with everyone dead except one. While investigating the ship, explosions rock the ship and they barely escape with their lives. Cabrillo and his crew find themselves tangled in a mystery with far reaching consequences.
Some of the coincidences are just a little too neat, the last second rescues predictable but I found it a great summer read! If you like action/adventure this has it all.
4 (540 pages)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Open Season is the first of the Joe Pickett series but the second of the series I've read. I liked them both. Originally I gave this series a try because I liked Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series so much, each being set in a different National Park. the first Joe Pickett book I read was Free Fire which was set in Yellowstone.
In Open Season Joe finds himself game warden in the Twelve Sleep area of Wyoming. When a poacher whom he tangled with the year before turns up dead on his wood pile with a cooler that had had some kind of live animals in it, Joe has a mystery. A mystery that threatens him, his job, and his family.
The poacher was obviously coming to see him. Riding horesback to the poacher's camp Joe finds the poacher's partners dead in their tent and two of Joe's closest friends acting strange.
In this book Box visits the controversial Endangered Species Act which this story is wrapped around.
I loved his descriptions of the area. I liked the character of Joe. He is a good guy that tries to do everything by the book but he is not perfect. He is a family man that loves his wife and kids. I did not like the description of the treatment of the endangered animals. It was harsh and I suppose realistic. I will be reading more of this series.
This is a book about a game warden, so be aware that it talks about hunting and other related subjects.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
You are probably already familiar with this book as well as the movie. This is the true story about the brutal murder of the Clutter family, of Holcomb, Kansas, by two down and out losers.
Capote's writing style is folksy. He skillfully draws you into the story and into each character's life.
I hadn't known that Capote and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends or that she helped him research this book.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Harry has had a year of peace. Then Mab, queen of the Winter Court of the Sidhe comes to collect one of the two favors owed to her by Dresden. Just a small favor. She shows him how gentleman Johnnie Marcone was kidnapped. She wants Harry to get him back.
Throughout the book Harry is fighting a variety of foes including gruffs, the beings the old fairy story Three Billy Goats were based on. Butcher's imagination in the creation of creatures is great. His main enemies are the Black Denarians, the kidnappers of Marcone. With the help of the White Council, particularly Captain Luccio, Dresden pursues his quest. The action is nonstop. Dresden remains a good guy, a hero.
I've seen some speculation that this may be Butcher's last Dresden book, however there was enough foreshadowing that I am looking forward to the next book.
If you like fantasy with a touch of magic I thin you'll like this one. Dresden fans will love it.