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The Four Corners of the Sky

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  2,879 ratings  ·  568 reviews
The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's new novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.
ebook, 481 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published May 1st 2009)
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Wendy Hall
Why, oh why, do I insist on finishing books I have started? I have put a few down over the years, but I really don't do it often enough. There are too many good books for me to be spending time on ones that are not. I usually have a reason in my mind for finishing (other than my OCD tendencies). This time, I finished the book because it was Union County library's Big Read. However, I did not participate in any opportunities, so it really wasn't a shared reading experience for me at all. It seeme ...more
Enjoyable but too long. Needed a really good edit... I think about 150 pages could easily have been ditched. Having said that, I enjoyed the tone of this book and the style of humor. This book was a "dramady", which I realized that I generally enjoy overall in both books and movies--it keeps the drama from getting too weighty and the comedy from getting too goofy. This book was well-balanced in that way. There were a couple characters that I found tedious though, and the parts of the plot involv ...more
I am determined to finish this book, but it's SO repetative! We get it, we know the characters, stop repeating their angst and issues and get to the point!
My head really wants to give this four stars...but my heart won't let me do it. The story is entertaining; the characters are engaging. Annie Peregrine Goode, abandoned by her con-man father at the age of 7 and now a Top Gun Navy pilot, is contacted by him twenty years later as he claims to be dying and in need of her help. She agrees to do so if he will finally admit to her the name of her mother, listed on her birth certificate as Claudette Colbert. This leads her on a mad chase to St. Louis, ...more
I'd give this book a solid 2.5 stars. It was between okay and a "liked it". I loved this book to begin, I thought the characters were interesting, quirky and generally people that I would enjoy meeting. The author did some nice work with the setting as well, which I always enjoy. This book lost me the further in I got as the situation became more and more ridiculous and the characters became more cartoonish than real. Really, why did every telephone conversation have to be in the middle of the n ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Dee marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I made it two chapters before I decided to return the book to the reasons...too many damn military mistakes! It really gets my goat (for lack of a better word!)

1. it is the US Naval Academy, not the US Navy Academy
2. flight instructors don't wear white suits (unless he was referring to summer whites)
3. a military hat is called a COVER!!

FtLoG, I really wish authors would actually do research before writing stuff
Tara Chevrestt
This is unlike any other novel I have ever read. It has a dysfunctional family, hidden treasure, aviation, deadbeat dads, and a strange, twisting mystery. Annie Goode was abandoned by her father Jack at the age of seven. He left her with her lesbian Aunt Sam and a childhood friend, Clarke. Sam and Clarke raise her and despite the unconventional and untraditional family they make, Annie has a pretty happy childhood. She learns to fly a Piper plane left in the barn and joins the Navy in which she ...more
Reading a book should not feel like a chore. Getting through this particular book was a living hell. At 544 pages this took me forever to read because around page 150 I wanted to quit, but since I was that far ahead I decided quitting now would be stupid since I invested so much time into it anyway. I started out liking all the characters. By page 350 or so I only liked 2 out of the half a dozen or so introduced. DK Destin was my favorite throughout the book since he seemed to have the most brai ...more
After 330 pages, I just couldn't take anymore and couldn't see it through to 500+. I didn't care what was going to happen to the characters, and while there was occasionally funny dialogue, the small moments in this book meant to make the story feel real didn't work for me at all. The chase-and-find plot was meant to intrigue, but was just plain irritating. I felt like maybe Malone was writing this in order to have it made into a movie where some of the reader's banging-head-against-the-wall fru ...more
I love books with detail! Really. But this was so bogged down with repetition that I found myself skimming huge sections before I even got a third of the way through the book. I really didn't need SIX CHAPTERS describing that Annie likes to go FAST. I very likely could have picked up that tidbit in less than six sentences! I felt like the author had a checklist of things that had to be in the story: Vietnam vet in a wheelchair, jilted lesbian, cheating husband, 250 old movie quotes, "goode" guy ...more
I can't believe I made it through this one. I am usually not this picky, but I had to finally stop reading and skip through to find out the end. I am really surprised this man has won awards. The book jumped from one crazy thought to the next. I couldn't get attached to any characters. Worst of all was all the swearing and I mean the F word maybe 2 or 3 times on a page. Ridiculous--if you can't think of anything more creative to say then swear then you shouldn't be writing a book!
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jack Peregrine was a con man - not just any con man - but one with a six year old daughter, Annie. When danger gets too close, Jack takes Annie to Emerald and Pilgrim's Rest (his childhood home) and leaves her with his sister Sam and her friend Clark. He promises to return for her, but in the meantime, as it was her 7th birthday, he gives her an airplane, The King of the Sky. This plane has been housed in Sam and Clark's barn since Annie was just a baby.

Sam and Clark have shared a residence for
This book started out extremely slow, but I decided to stick with it. It took until about 200 pages into the book for it to finally pick up. Overall, it was an ok story. Annie, a Navy pilot, hears from her dad after over ten years. He dropped her off with her aunt when she was 7, just dropped her off and never looked back. He's a con artist and calls to say he is dying and has one last wish for her to fly to St. Louis with the "King of the Sky", the plane he left for her in the shed of her aunt' ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beach goers
Recommended to Liz by: barnes and nobles free ebook
Shelves: fiction
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Humm...this was about an average book, maybe another one of those 3.5, maybe.

Although the book was almost 500 pages, it was a rather quick read.

What kept the rating low, was mostly that I did not care for one of the main characters: Jack, Annie's father...the con artist, felon. No matter how much the author tried to tell me what a great guy he was, etc, I did NOT like him, at all. He was a very dishonest person, no matter how much "fluff" is added to his character. So, all the events and action
Jun 09, 2013 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Promoted on North net Library System (e-books)
The first e-book I read thru the library's North Net Library System e-book. It was featured as a promo: free as e-book until June 1, 2013. The characters stayed with me for several days after finishing the book, always a good sign. LOTS of good character development: main character, her aunt, her dad, her pseudo uncle, her conceited husband (of 1 year), her black flying teacher back home, the Miami detective, her dad's side kick (the Cuban musician/drifter)....ALL GOOD

Story: Her no good-nik Dad
Shannon Renee
1.5 really.

Free Friday Nook Book

If some cut this book in half, and left the half of all the important plot, character, and atmosphere alone, this would be a 5 star book. However, there are at least 200 pages of fluff, pages filled with mind-numbing useless verbal trash that absolutely ruined this book for me. I no heart fluff!!!

Malone's strenght is his characters, the top-gun you love to hate, the old vet with a rough exterior and a heart of gold. The father figure whose more of a father to you
This was the first book I've read by Michael Malone so I wasn't sure what to expect. On the whole I thought the story was okay but like one of the other reviews pointed out, it's 200 pages too long. Why we have to keep hearing the same stories over and over again? I would have rated it one star higher if the repetition wasn't there.

Many of the details that had anything to do with aviation were just plain wrong. The Spirit of St. Louis is still at the Smithsonian where's it's always been, the one
Nancy Brady
This is a story about family, and what it means to be family, but it is also an adventure story about the long con. Annie, abandoned on her seventh birthday by her "always-on-the-run-from-the-law" father Jack, grows up with her Aunt Sam and "adopted" Uncle Clark as her "parents." Their love supports Annie and allows her to become a fast flying Navy commander. When Jack calls asking for Annie's help, she takes off on a wild goose chase that will help her re-connect with her dying father and reali ...more
So. It's painfully obvious that this author used to write for daytime television. Why say something once when you can say it 20 times? I got your point the first 5 times you made it; quit beating me over the head with it already! The main character was supposed to be such an intelligent, strong, independent woman but she kept making incredibly stupid decisions. I didn't like her at all; therefore, I really didn't care about her, or any other character for that matter. Overall a very tedious, bor ...more
544 pages.

On the acknowledgement page, Malone writes:

And,as ever,there would be no book without Maureen.

My comment:

Someone needs to kidnap Maureen.

Hee Haw
I have never read a Michael Malone book before. This one was offered at a bargain price for the nook a couple of weeks ago from B&N, and it looked too good to pass up. Boy, did that ever turn out to be true! What a great story, and what delightfully human, nuanced characters Mr. Malone has introduced us to!

The protagonist of the book is Anne Peregrine Goode. (Okay, so I like that her last name is also mine, but there is oh, so much more to like!) We meet Annie as a 7 year old on her birthday
I really enjoyed this book. There was lots of story to please everyone with lots of plot twists and turns. The writing was fun, breezy, with really good pace. What's not to like? Well, it was implausible, impossible, and jam packed with way too much backstory in too many places - but it works and is fun because the author really is skilled!

Annie P. Goode is a crack Navy pilot who is only topped in skills by her soon to be ex. Her rigid adherence to rules comes from her crazy early like with her
This book was hard for me to get through because the author flip flops between the present and the past. Sometimes his tangents on the past made me forget what was happening in the present and it took a few minutes to remember what was going on. Overall I enjoyed the story and kept reading because I wanted to know how it ended and I liked the characters. The summary of the story is that Anne is left by her con artist dad when she is 7 years old to live with her Aunt Sam in Emerald, NC. Anne grow ...more
Stacy Allison
I've read 240 pages of this 400+ books, and I just can't finish it. If school hadn't have started back up and I were reading it during summer break, I probably would've finished it. With school back in session, pleasure reading time is precious, especially since I check my books out from the library. I have a deadline to finish these and if I'm not interested, I won't make time to read.

I've been annoyed by the book from the beginning. The main character is a pilot, and I got really tired about r
Somewhere in this mess is a Michael Malone novel but I couldn't find it. So unbelievably repetitive as to be unreadable and indeed I quit in the middle. Life is too short to read fiction this bad. Very disappointing as I am a big Malone fan and his Handling Sin is one of my all time favorites. This should not have made it to press and it is maddening and inexplicable that Malone's editors and agents did not intervene. What a waste.
Am I glad I finally finished this one.-sheesh- The long dragged out dialogue between characters made the story drag. The same with the back and forth between the past and the future. Honestly it became repetitive and quite annoying. I pretty much forced myself to trudge through and skimmed some chapters but oddly enough, I didn't miss anything in doing so. For me I have to say this is a yawner.
It had potential, but I didn't like it. The characters were ridiculous. I think it was supposed to be comical in a sort "I Love Lucy" miscommunications sort of way, but it was dumb. On the plus side, it was a library book I got on my Kindle so I didn't waste any money! I finally figured out how to get library books on the Kindle! Yea me!
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could. Because of the length of it, which I agree with a lot of people is too much, I can't quite give it 5. But the story, the characters, and the emotions portrayed are outstanding. I'm not sure where it could be edited, though - much of the information is necessary to understand the whole. I think many people must have skipped over what I consider to be a critical part - Annie's conversation with Ruthie in Havana - and not recognizing what was said there ...more
Sheri Milam
Four Corners of the Sky is a "feel good" book about an unlikely family of people trying to come to terms with who each of them is and with their relationships with each other. As each strives for the life they think will make them happy, they discover that the life they're living is just as it should be. This is a story of living in spite of life events and forgiveness. From beginning to end, you realize how fitting the title of this book. I thought that was rather genius of the author.

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Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, a collection of short stories, and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he is now a professor in Theater Studies at Duke University. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife.
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