I rate this a 4 star. She certainly wrote eloqantly about her family, their poverty, the problems with her father adjusting to the U.S. Her grandmothe...moreI rate this a 4 star. She certainly wrote eloqantly about her family, their poverty, the problems with her father adjusting to the U.S. Her grandmother was such a big influence with her entertaining, parties, family gatherings weekly. Her mother with her work and her struggle to get her education to be a nurse and how she encouraged both Sonia and her brother to pursue education. It is amazing how they became supreme court judge and a surgeon with their home life and background. They did work very hard to get their educations and they strived always to pursue further goals. (less)
I was exposed to the sports world as usual as well as the world of sex deviants,, bisexual and hard to define even although it was pointed out that th...moreI was exposed to the sports world as usual as well as the world of sex deviants,, bisexual and hard to define even although it was pointed out that they were either of one sex or the other. Myron Bolitar shows his soft side as he shares his feelings about the aging process of his parents, his father especially. The murder rap of his chose friend and office partner shakes him to his core also. The main story is intertwined with the disappearance 12 years prior of the daughter of the owner of the baseball team. I was kind of drawn in to this part of the story and didn't mind the way morality was introduced through this part of the story line. I must admit to waiting for a revealing of the killings and their murderers brought to justice. However, this book lets the history of the characters and their lapses in their morality go unrevealed. Making me, the reader, wonder what I would have done and is it truly necessary for revenge to have a character loose his position in society as a successful businessman and in life and a rich baseball team owner have her full story of revenge brought to light . I came to realize that I too have a zone which will accept deception and lawlessness. A good read and a thought provoking one.(less)
Good read. Very imaginative. I had no idea when I started reading it that I would love the character so much. I guess since I am not a lover of fine w...moreGood read. Very imaginative. I had no idea when I started reading it that I would love the character so much. I guess since I am not a lover of fine wines it was amazing to read about how some people know so much about wines that they would steal them. Also that there are such rotten people who want everyone to know that they have wonderful wines and that they are so very knowledgeable about the wines and wanted everyone else to look up to them. I found that this book covered the people who love fine wines and appreciate them for their flavor and taste. Then there are others who study wines and truly enjoy the wines each for their own qualities. I love Peter Mayle for his detail on the subjects he chose. He is a good writer. (less)
The usual Goldy mystery with another of her good friends dying and lots of people she knows shot at or killed. Her son's best friend mother dies unexp...moreThe usual Goldy mystery with another of her good friends dying and lots of people she knows shot at or killed. Her son's best friend mother dies unexpectedly and Goldy can't rest until she has solved the case of how and why she died. I enjoy these books because I know that Goldy herself won't die, nor will her son or husband die. But it is amazing how so many people she associates with get involved in harmful, dangerous situations. In this book Goldy goes way back to when she is still married to The Jerk and brings up some old friends we haven't heard much about lately. A great testament to Goldy's strength to carry on despite her physical injuries and her mental stress. I was amazed to read that her son is old enough to drive, and does in the winter weather in the mountains! Her husband, Tom the sheriff, coworkers are now old friends of mine too from all the plots from old books; I love the way everyday life is riddled with murders in this town and how Goldy's mind helps to solve them. It takes me out of my life where murder rarely occurs; and this week when it happened I discovered first hand that itMys is so much more painful for me to hear and talk about. (less)
My first Fantasy book. It was rather confusing---couldn't determine if this was truly a boy's recollection of what had happened to him or it was just...moreMy first Fantasy book. It was rather confusing---couldn't determine if this was truly a boy's recollection of what had happened to him or it was just his imagination and faulty memories. I read on and with the help of a book discussion group was educated that these writings were indeed written as the boys' true memories of his youth. This was a collection of allegories and myths which together added up to explain to him how he had become the man he now was. Lots of the parts of this book were disturbing to me and since I had one of the 2000 books with illustrations I was able to picture vividly the monsters Hettie and the young boy came up against. The end paragraphs which mentioned the two moons was beautifully written and which finally got through to me that he had lived thru his memories of his childhood and accepted them...he was now at peace with his memories. To have a young girl as a protectoress from the awful things that exist in the netherworld and have existed for many,many years and continue to live hundreds of years and into the future is hard to swallow/believe. Once that premise is accepted though, the story becomes very intriguing and although not "believable" it is possibly well written as a fantasy. (less)
Wonderful story of friendship, hope and family. I was hooked right from the start. Such an insight in to the world of the down trodden and the life of...moreWonderful story of friendship, hope and family. I was hooked right from the start. Such an insight in to the world of the down trodden and the life of the poor shook me to my core. Never had I known the extent of the effect of drugs on the individual, the ongoing tribulation of the family members to survive....the staving off starvation; the worry of one's ability to wash and keep one's body clean; the ability to do laundry and to keep clothes on one's body. The instant the advertising executive admitted her interest in the young boy she was hooked for the remainder of the story. She remained a trusted friend to the boy giving him the confidence to attend school despite the lack of clean clothing and teasing of classmates. Her quickness to ascertain his reason for not being able to get to school on time was due not to his lack of desire to attend class but no way to know when it was time to get to school since his family members were up most nights and slept during the days and he had no clocks in his home nor knowledge of how to tell time. His meeting with his "angel" was indeed the saving grace throughout his trials with his drug addicted mother and his grandmother and his drug selling uncles and all the horrors of living in the crime ridden apartments. His survival during his mother's incarcirations and his deep devotion and love for her and his grandmother thru all of these years probably was due both to his inner core of "goodness and belief of right from wrong" as well as his teachings and friendship from his one unfettered friendship. I learned that one person can do a lot to change another person's life. A beautiful story despite its telling of the utter filth and decay of drugs on many persons lives.(less)
This was a book club read and only 3 of the 15 members showed up for the discussion. We all were extremely pleased with the information about the hist...moreThis was a book club read and only 3 of the 15 members showed up for the discussion. We all were extremely pleased with the information about the historical era with many famous people from that time placed in to this mystery---the Borgia family, Niccolo Machialvelli, Leonardo da Vinci, as well as mention of many famous men from earlier times: Caligula, Neru, Caesar Augustus,Titus Levy,Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plutarch. Amazing use of da Vinchi as a military strategist and developer of military machines. The mystery of the murderer was less of interest to the characters involved in this drama. The knowledge of huge numbers of peasants murdered with impunity by the leaders simply to increase their reputation by conquering more lands was horrifying. And the details of the torture used on women for the pleasure of these depraved leaders, soldiers for hire, foreign soldiers and rich men was absolutely mesmerizing. Today's stories of extremes of fighting between peoples of countries cannot be any more horrid than what historically were carried out. The story was kind of disjointed but the details from history were fascinating and made the book a good read(less)
Most gripping thriller I have read in ages. The thought that generations of killers have been trained in village in Japan and have grown to be a huge...moreMost gripping thriller I have read in ages. The thought that generations of killers have been trained in village in Japan and have grown to be a huge business operating all over the world now is down right scary. Then to have our protagonist find that the group he is searching for has been responsible for the deaths of his family members is alarming. He survives not only the hunt for the killers but the numbers of killers within his business associates and his customers and friends. The love for his daughter and the knowledge that he is the only one who could keep her safe puts pressure on him as he puts his life out on the line. A most amazing story. I could feel the tension through out the book and marveled how he survived despite all the horrific things he heard about or witnessed. And he kept going despite all the awful things happening to the people dear to him.
I hope that this is a first of a series of books about this man, Jim Brodie. My knowledge of Japan and of the Japanese makes me even more excited about reading Barry Lancet's other books when he releases them.(less)
Great read as far fetched as it first seemed and the more I read the more unbelievable it seemed. However it got more and more fascinating to read as...moreGreat read as far fetched as it first seemed and the more I read the more unbelievable it seemed. However it got more and more fascinating to read as I became more involved with the relationships between the mother and daughter, the daughter and father and finally the beauty of the faith the father and the daughter had in their wife and mother. It ended with everyone standing up for what they believe in, and false statements given were corrected, and old beliefs were shown to be worth supporting. I am looking forward to attending a lecture at my local library on Antartica: Journey to the Bottom of the World with "spectacular images of the extraordinary wildlife and landscapes "this adventurer and traveler found on his recent trip.(less)
At first found it difficult to read because of harshness of life. Also several generations with the same name caused some confusion. But the revelatio...moreAt first found it difficult to read because of harshness of life. Also several generations with the same name caused some confusion. But the revelation of the life that American Blacks faced back in the 70's was disheartening to me since I believe much that they faced then is still what they live with now. Sad that so many problems which existed back in those days are still around. America must face the fact that all children deserve good education and it must be made a priority for all kids to show progress, if it requires extra help then the schools must find the resources to provide this to those needing it. (less)
The most amazing novel. I became enthralled with the Levi family of three boys who were raised to know that they could do what ever they set out to do...moreThe most amazing novel. I became enthralled with the Levi family of three boys who were raised to know that they could do what ever they set out to do; their father was called Lucky because despite all the bad things that had happened to him, with his hard work and family support he managed to become a respected, successful lumber businessman. This family story begins as the middle son,a Hungarian Jew, perseveres to be a student in a Paris architecture school where he earns a coveted award while working a job along with doing his studies. His three classmates,also Jews, join him in this story of survival during the years of Hitlers' overtaking the European countries and the killing of hundreds of thousands, of Jews and gypsies and poor countrymen enslaved as he uses them to build roads and bridges and fight for his glory. The big story surrounds the love story of Andras & Klara,the mystery of her youth and how her act of survival cast its shadow on her life and that of her entire family . The beautiful stories of love between mothers and their children and between husbands and their wives is told too. Love helps them all to overcome that one impetuous early act of Klara's youth and its awful after effects. It also brings to mind how fortunate I am as an American to never have had to live through a war in my own country.