Stylish but so confusing. It took me forever to get through. I heard so many good things about it but ultimately I was so disappointed in this book whStylish but so confusing. It took me forever to get through. I heard so many good things about it but ultimately I was so disappointed in this book which is too bad because someone gave me a pile of this authors books. I was not interested or attached to any of the characters. Just wanted it to be over....more
Harry Hole is in the dog house again. Drinking all the time and disgraced to the point that he is about to be fired from the Oslo homicide departmentHarry Hole is in the dog house again. Drinking all the time and disgraced to the point that he is about to be fired from the Oslo homicide department when a serial killer is on the loose. Harry is the best expert Oslo has on serial killer if he can stay sober long enough to solve the case. Hole's old police foe Tom Waaler is in charge of a case where the murderer kills and clips off a finger. Harry believes that Waller is responsible for the murder of a beloved colleague Ellen but he can not prove it. It haunts him and he drinks all the time. Waaler reluctantly allows Harry some freedom to investigate and just when the killer is caught, well there are some surprises. The ending is never the ending. I give this book 3 1/2 stars. Not a too exciting mystery until the end when it redeems itself....more
This book is so chilling and uncomfortable to read it gives me goosebumps. It is 1962 Florence and Edward are virgin newlyweds on their honeymoon. FloThis book is so chilling and uncomfortable to read it gives me goosebumps. It is 1962 Florence and Edward are virgin newlyweds on their honeymoon. Florence is in love with Edward but she is repulsed by the idea of sex. She is English and gets her sex advice from outdated books. She is a victim of her time. An axe murderer showing in their hotel would not be as excruciating. The awkwardness of their sexual encounter makes you squirm. The disaster that follows and their scene on the beach changes their lives forever. Tragic and sad and so real. The failure to speak up has such tragic consequences. ...more
An incredible story of rebellion of Luna's native inhabitants (Loonies) against the oppressive Earth's management (Earthworms). Luna farms billions ofAn incredible story of rebellion of Luna's native inhabitants (Loonies) against the oppressive Earth's management (Earthworms). Luna farms billions of tons of grain for the people of earth but only by Earth's slave rules and low pay. Three Loonies, Manny O'Kelly Davis, Prof. de La Paz and Wyoh Knott organize a revolt lead by the invaluable guidance and help of Mike the computer. Mike tries hard to be human and is self aware. Political strategies are put in place and the stage is set for battle which is fought by the Loonies with Mike against Earth.
Loved the descriptions of Luna's lifestyle. The simple and complex marriages. The air locks and tunnel farming and disease free. Low crime and low gravity. The cultural mix of people all living in fear and hatred of the Warden and all things Earth. And no taxes. Take me there!
I loved the Luna dialect. It gave the book a sense of reality. My favorite thing was the discussion of political strategy to free the people from oppression and avoid war. And of course I fell in love with Mike the computer who could change personalities and adapt to different situations, make toilets flush backwards, create crank calls, shot rocks at earth with great precision and even be the leader of the colony, Adam Selene. And no one but Manny knew of his real capabilities. ...more
Ruth Rendell has made a long career out of writing about damaged people. They go about their lives doing things that are strange, sadistic and even crRuth Rendell has made a long career out of writing about damaged people. They go about their lives doing things that are strange, sadistic and even criminal but somehow they are undetected until they spiral out of control. In "A Sight for Sore Eyes" her lead characters are Teddy and Francine. Teddy is an ignored and unloved child from a lower class London family who lives in a filthy smoke filled home. He has no interest in anything until a neighbor shows him carpentry. As Teddy grows up he has dreams of becoming an artist but with no money and in danger of being thrown out of his home he has few options but he chooses murder to solve his problems.
Francine has suffered the childhood trauma of seeing her mother murdered as the age of six. Francine's father remarries the child psychologist Julia, he hires to help Francine. Instead of helping Francine Julia overprotects Francine to the point suffocation.
Francine meets Teddy at an art show and they are attracted to each other. A hookup made in hell. Teddy has his own twisted image of how he wants his life to be with Francine. She must wear dresses and he loves to wrap her in long pieces of silk and jewelery and just sit and watch her. He wants her to have a beautiful home and only Teddy as her friend. Yeah did I mention that Teddy is flat broke with no prospects and a dead body in the trunk of his car. Well Teddy will kill to get what he wants. A fun read with lots of horrible people and the good ones who could make a difference always away on business or on holiday. How convenient is that? I loved the ending with only the reader knowing the full truth. Nicely done!...more
This book was unreadable. The dialog is poorly written with each short sentence of dialog ending with said Reacher or said the sheriff. After a long iThis book was unreadable. The dialog is poorly written with each short sentence of dialog ending with said Reacher or said the sheriff. After a long interrogation of short sentences ending this way, I wanted to scream. It was as if it were made for a bad TV movie with a 1980's soundtrack. All characters were a stereotype in an almost too stiff of a cartoon way. I will not be reading any more from this author. ...more
This book has an intriguing start. A man wakes up from a drunken stupor to find his wife dead in the bath tub. He has no memory of the night before. HThis book has an intriguing start. A man wakes up from a drunken stupor to find his wife dead in the bath tub. He has no memory of the night before. He phones the police and cleans the apartment. He is suspected to be the murderer by the police and is convicted of the crime. He himself is later murdered while imprisoned.
Although many people are interviewed no solid leads form because no one knows much about the murder victims. No leads at all and the book drifts from interviews of people who know the murder victims with no useful information to a solution. The weakness in this book is the method of crime solving my Inspector Van Veeteren. His intuition. No physical evidence. As if pulling a rabbit out of his hat. Problem solved. Toothpicks broken. Time to go home. Not interested in reading another one of these novels. ...more