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Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
My LT authors are Janice Erlbaum, Sandra Gulland, Doreen Orion, Michelle Richmond, Marisa del los Santos, and Lisa Unger. I have at least one book from each author, but may not have read them yet!
I have had Janice Erlbaum's Have You Found Her for a few months, but just recently got Girlbomb from BM. I am a stickler for reading books in order, so now that I have both of them, I hope to get to them soon.
Sandra Gulland's Josephine Bonaparte Collection was a recent find at a FOL sale that I couldn't resist. I love historical fiction, and once again, hope to get to them soon.
I heard about Doreen Orion's Queen of the Road on LT and knew I had to read it! I love memoirs and can't resist a travel memoir of any kind. I recently mooched this one and am taking it with me on vacation this weekend.
I read The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond earlier this year and loved it! I also have an ARC of No One You Know to read soon so I can pass it on in a book ring.
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos is another book that hasn't made it to the top of Mt TBR yet. I have heard wonderful things about it and Belong To Me though.
I read Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger some time back and loved it! The second in the series, Sliver of Truth, got some lukewarm reviews from friends so I put off reading it. I recently got Black Out, which I have heard good things about, and hope to get caught up on the series soon.
I have received comments from Lisa Unger and recently a comment from D.J. Murphy who also lives in Colorado. His book A Thousand Veils looks really good! I love the fact that there are authors among us on LT! The author chats are a wonderful way to learn more about an author you love or to discover a new favorite.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I love Ann Patchett's writing! It is wonderfully descriptive, but it doesn't bog the story down. For the most part, I enjoy character's interactions over flowery descriptions of the scenery, but Patchett manages beautifully to keep the story moving, and give vivid detail of the setting.
I enjoyed all the characters in this book, but I think my favorite was Phan. I loved his role in the book, and thought it was absolutely perfect, but at the same time, also wish we got to know him better. Parsifal is also a bit of a mystery, but by the end of the story his motivations are more understandable. Still, I would love to ask him some questions. 4 stars
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
I picked this book up because it was Alice Hoffman's, not because I knew what it was about. I actually didn't read a synopsis of it until after I'd finished the book. The book is set in 3 times periods, all revolving around the same London hotel, Lion Park, and ill-fated love. The first story is set in roughly present time, and when I had finished the first piece I wasn't all that impressed. It was an OK story, but nothing really special for me. The characters didn't have the depth that I was used to from Hoffman.
The second piece is set in the 60's. Since I hadn't read the synopsis, and didn't know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was Paul's mother's story. Paul was the fiance in the first piece. Here the story starts to wind around and really get interesting. I found the characters a lot more engaging, and the story more intriguing.
The third piece, set in the 50's was by far my favorite. I don't know if I was more sympathetic to the character since she was a child, or if I liked the way all 3 pieces of the story were being woven together. The main character in the third piece was Allie's mother, from the first part. The three pieces of the story were very neatly tied together, but I got the feeling that the character's in the first piece were there mostly as a way to bring the parent's stories together.
While all of the stories focused on love gone wrong in some way, I was surprised the book didn't feel darker than it did. The darkness was still there, but there was also a feeling of hope and redemption that ran throughout the book. This was another book that I found myself flipping back through to re-read some parts after I had finished it. The stories are so tightly woven together that dialogue in the first part had so much more meaning after finishing the book. 4.5 stars
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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Friday, August 15, 2008
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life--and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete--and her time on earth will be finished.
This book took me a while to finish, not because it wasn't good, but because I loved it. It is one of those rare books that you can't wait to finish because you have to know what happens, while at the same time, you can't bear to see it end. I found myself reading slower and slower over the last 100 pages, just to have the experience last a little longer.
I loved how this story winds back on itself. There were a few times I would wonder about the sequence of events or how a situation really fit into the story, but, more often than not, they were neatly tied together in the end. My one complaint was that the focal point would switch during flashbacks and Marianne would be telling the story instead of the narrator. The narrator told us this would happen, and yet, almost every time I would have to back track a bit to see who was talking. Maybe it was just my bad luck that I seemed to set the book down at these voice shifts.
I have never read Inferno and wonder if I missed out on some of the more subtle connections between the two stories. Even without having read it, the basic story line of Inferno is well enough known that I still recognized the setting, and hope I didn't miss out on too much.
One word of warning, some of the descriptions of the narrators burns and their treatment were fairly graphic, and could be disturbing to some.
This story, with it's unanswerable questions, will be rolling around in my head for quite a while. The characters made a lasting impression, and I found myself flipping back through the book to re-read sections, which I rarely do. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while and is a wonderful first novel. 5 stars
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
In this sequel, while Lauren, a local prosecutor, is absorbed in a sensitive grand jury probe that represents her best chance to demonstrate that she can function despite her MS, Gregory learns that McClelland has escaped from custody and has devised a devious, multi-layered revenge scheme against everyone he holds responsible for his incarceration. Almost overnight, Gregory finds his routine existence turned into a Hitchcockian nightmare. Suspected of several murders, he can trust no one.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Right now the only one I participate in is Tuesday Thingers. I have looked at Booking Through Thursday, and want to start doing this one as well, but my last few Thursdays have been crazy. I think I even missed doing Tuesday Thingers last week!
I do Tuesday Thingers because I love the LT bloggers! I get great recommendations, sign up for wonderful contests, and generally just love the community. I think Tuesday Thingers is a great way for us all to stay connected!