I really enjoyed Mr. Mercedes, and I enjoyed Finders Keepers even more. While the first book of this promised trilogy was a cat and mouse tale, this sI really enjoyed Mr. Mercedes, and I enjoyed Finders Keepers even more. While the first book of this promised trilogy was a cat and mouse tale, this second installment is more a battle of entitlement - specifically regarding notebooks.
In a brilliant tie to the first novel, Finders Keepers features a family that was affected by the opening event of the first novel where the people standing in line for a job fair were senselessly plowed down by a maniac in a Mercedes Benz. This time, the same event is told from another perspective, a man who survives, but watches his family finances plummet due to his injuries sustained in the chaos.
The first part of the book focuses on two stories in a back-and-forth manner: Peter Saubers, the son of the injured man finds a trunk filled with cash and notebooks in the present time, and back in 1978, we learn about a man named Morris Bellamy who was responsible for putting them there.
Both young men garner an appreciation for an author (the former owner of those notebooks) and an obsession about their contents. Therein lies the drama and tension that the novel focuses around. Characters from the first novel don't make an appearance until the second part of the book, but they do take starring roles in the story. Retired Detective Bill Hodges now runs an agency called Finders Keepers (one of the two meanings for the novel's title) along with Holly, who does his research using her amazing internet skills. Even Jerome makes a welcome appearance.
Oh... and so does another key figure from Mr. Mercedes! In fact, that chap is part of the inevitable cliff-hanger ending that will leave you desperate for the third novel's release date!
I could go on and on about King's brilliant ability to flesh out his characters and describe their surroundings with seemingly impossible ease, but odds are those of you reading this are constant readers and well aware of his unparalleled talent. While this is more a mystery book, our dear storyteller manages to get in some gruesome horror into the mix and leaves us with a sequel that surpasses the first novel in plot and setup....more
A lot of reviews on Goodreads said that this dragged in the middle, but I didn't feel like it did. Stephen King is the master of character and scene dA lot of reviews on Goodreads said that this dragged in the middle, but I didn't feel like it did. Stephen King is the master of character and scene development and there wasn't a single time where I was bored while listening to this audio book.
Mr. Mercedes is a really well-crafted detective novel about a one time mass murderer toying with the detective who once handled the case - a man who is now retired. It all starts with an anonymous note left in his mail and turns into a story that is rich with mystery and a cast of well-defined players. Maybe I'm just too huge a Stephen King fan, but I always enjoy his tales, and Mr. Mercedes was no exception. ...more
I read all of Rachel Held Evans' books in the exact opposite order of their releases, getting to this one last. From the very first book (even beforeI read all of Rachel Held Evans' books in the exact opposite order of their releases, getting to this one last. From the very first book (even before I decided to read it, actually) I knew that I'd agree with what she wrote because I've causally read her blog through following her on Facebook. I tell people that I still believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but I've lost faith in churches. I feel as though I'm on the same journey Rachel is, though I'm perhaps not as interested in returning to the church life I led as a child as she is. But I appreciate people like Rachel who still yearn for a relationship with God and a reconciliation between he and the people who cling to The Bible as his ultimate Word.
Rachel knows her stuff and if you've been struggling with people who insist that America is a Christian nation and frustrated that they insist America should be held to Biblical laws, then this is a book you'll want to read. Rachel is doing amazing things and this book is a collection of her wonderful insight....more
I absolutely love Rachel Held Evans. Her writing is very personable and I think the scope of her views is wide enough to attain a large audience. HerI absolutely love Rachel Held Evans. Her writing is very personable and I think the scope of her views is wide enough to attain a large audience. Her friendly, engaging style makes this book a truly wonderful read, but the biggest success of it is the layout, using the Holy Sacraments as the framework for her stories and observations. It's an absolutely brilliant structure that serves her book extremely well.
My journey is a lot like Rachel's (minus the awesome husband, but maybe one day...). When I hit puberty and the realization that I'm gay, I started feeling more put off by church than welcomed. I saw people who proclaim their Christian attributes like a banner of pride and then show extreme support to a chicken sandwich company that has a president who not only speaks out against same-sex marriage, but also contributes to politicians promising to fight it. I saw and experienced a lot of the same things Rachel writes about in the book. I think that's why this book means so much to so many people.
Spoiler alert... she doesn't give the answers, but Rachel does detail hope for a possible solution. The world needs more Rachel Held Evans. Or at least more of her books....more
The beginning of the memoir was a lot of fun for me because I live in the Seattle area, so when he name-dropped cities around Seattle, I enjoyed havinThe beginning of the memoir was a lot of fun for me because I live in the Seattle area, so when he name-dropped cities around Seattle, I enjoyed having a grasp of the geography he was describing, right down to the "two-hour bus ride to Kent for the best comic book shop in the area."
At times, the book got a little bogged down with the spiritualism that is so much a part of his life. A couple times, he went off on theological tangents when I would have been okay with him just continuing the story.
Though I don't affiliate with the Baha'i faith, I found that I agreed with many of the things he said are representative of the religion. He appears to be very passionate about the faith and I wouldn't say it's a bad aspect of the book; just the moments where I felt a lag in the story.
His chapters about The Office were brief, but entertaining and informative. Though I was an avid fan of the show, I still learned things from his behind-the-scenes account. Throughout the book, I viewed him as a truly great guy. He loves what he does and this comes across very well in his story....more
This was such a beautiful ending to the Giver series. For those demanding to know more about how the world Lois Lowry has created ended up the way theThis was such a beautiful ending to the Giver series. For those demanding to know more about how the world Lois Lowry has created ended up the way they did - or for that matter what happens - you'll be disappointed. This book does tie with the first three books and provides satisfying conclusions for the characters, but you won't find out any more than what's necessary to tell their story. While reading the novel, I learned that the author was inspired to write this after losing her son, a fact that makes this story of a mother's journey to find her son that much more powerful.
As with the other novels in this quartet, you won't be given a lot of answers to the questions you'll no doubt have. Start it prepared for that and you may just enjoy this beautiful story. ...more
This was not just a wonderful Christmas story, but also a beautiful tribute to Disney Legend Annette Funicello. The story follows the adventures of heThis was not just a wonderful Christmas story, but also a beautiful tribute to Disney Legend Annette Funicello. The story follows the adventures of her second cousin, Felix, as he inadvertently causes his fifth grade teacher to suffer a nervous breakdown. She's replaced by a French-Canadian madame who adds French dialogue to the class cirruculum and living dioramas for the upcoming Christmas play. The result is a sweet, often funny look into the life of a ten-year-old boy, his friends and his family. The audio book is read by the author and is a great way to experience the tale....more
It was so fun to hear the original stories upon which the classic Christmas movie was based. Shepherd had a beautiful way of painting pictures with luIt was so fun to hear the original stories upon which the classic Christmas movie was based. Shepherd had a beautiful way of painting pictures with luscious word choice. The audio book, read by Dick Cavet, is rich with sound effects and background music, which gives the feel of listening to radio dramas, which these stories originally were. Such a wonderful way to experience these fantastic stories!...more