Monday, Oct 11, 2010
A great, true-life adventure story appeals partly because you, the reader, can find yourself thinking something like, "These are real people and they were crazy enough to do this stuff!"
Saturday, Sep 11, 2010
Having read all of Daniel Silva's "Gabriel Allon" books I decided to go back to his earlier works. The Mark of the Assassin is similar to his later stories in that it deals with intelligence agents and rogue/evil/shadowy individuals and organizations. The pacing is fast and the story adventurous and thrilling.
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010
I saw an article in the New York Times discussing the 40th anniversary of the publication of Deliverance and decided to give it a try. Although reading it was not always a pleasant experience, I’m not sorry about my decision. I first saw the film years ago, so the plot was not new to me.
Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
The Hunger Games has been recommended to me repeatedly by many of my coworkers and library patrons. Since I grew up under a totalitarian regime, I usually try to avoid reading about such regimes, because I have enough personal experience to last me a lifetime. Therefore it took me over a year and half to finally give it a try.
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010
Carl Hiaasen's children's book, Scat is written in the traditional Hiaasen flavor which blends humor, suspense, action adventure and heroism all thrown together in the Florida swampland. All of us, at one time or another, have encountered scary teachers and found ourselves in unfair situations. Bunny Starch, the biology teacher, struck fear in the hearts of every student until one day on a biology field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, she mysteriously disappeared.
Thursday, Jan 14, 2010
This poignant story of a remarkable and complex struggle in one of the darkest corners of Africa brings light to our shaken world. Mark and Delia Owens have developed a revolutionary and enlightened economic system which uplifts the local population and preserves wildlife. Devoted to conservation, the Owens survived threats to their lives and overcome ruthless corruption.