Dan Brown is one of those authors who can keep me thinking for days. It's been more than a week since I finished Inferno and it's still haunting my miDan Brown is one of those authors who can keep me thinking for days. It's been more than a week since I finished Inferno and it's still haunting my mind, bogling my wits out. Yes. It is that good.
Inferno is book 4 in the Robert Langdon series. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Book three, The Lost Symbol was not "Dan Brown"-ish at all. And yes, I just turned "Dan Brown" into an adjective. I have read all his books and I have loved all of them except Lost Symbol. I do not even remember what it was all about. But back to Inferno..
Robert Langdon is admitted in the hospital from a bullet wound in the head. He is also suffering from short-term memory loss. He has no recollection of why he is in Italy.. He wakes up from a nightmare. He had dreamed of a silver haired lady telling him to seek and find. He has no idea what it means but when someone barges in the ICU and shoots a doctor just to get to Robert Langdon, Langdon runs off with the assistance of Dr. Sienna Brooks. They go hide in Sienna's apartment. Sienna reveals something hidden in Langdon's coat, and with that starts the hunt for whatever the silver lady wanted him to seek.
The Lost Symbol is thought provoking. It's about a real problem the world is currently facing, but the solution would either be too impossible or too drastic. ...more
Now You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable,Now You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable, but with this book I am impressed. This book is about a painter with special gifts.
Paris Sweeney is a gifted painter. But her gifts become more intense. It started a year ago, but now, she can see ghosts, guess every answer in Jeopardy with 100% accuracy, been lucky with green lights and parking spots, can grow plants even if they are out of season, and she can paint events without being in the scene.
She was never impressed with her recent work, feeling as if something is missing, or the colors are unrealistic. Coming from a small town where she knew almost everybody, the ghosts strike conversation with her, and she responds back, and the people who are alive start to doubt her mentally. She moves to New York where the ghosts are snobbish and do not bother with her.
Her art dealer, Candra Worth has asked her to paint a portrait, and Sweeney needed the money since she is good with portraits. However, meeting the Senator Mcmillan and his wife, whom she dislikes very much, she excuses herself and says she cannot make the portrait. It almost starts to rain, so Richard Worth, Candra's soon to be ex-husband, gives her a ride. There is attraction between the two of them, and Richard is vocal about this, but Sweeney says no, since Richard is still technically married.
Sweeney starts sleepwalking, and paints in her sleep. She starts with the hotdog vendor, who ends up sprawled on the street with blood oozing from his head. The hotdog vendor was mugged and murdered. After every episode, Sweeney is attacked with chills that are debilitating. But Richard visits and sees Sweeney's condition and takes care of her. Sweeney draws a pair of shoes next, One is a woman's heel, the other is a man's shoe. Sweeney knows it's a murder scene, but the big question is, could she help prevent it and save a life?
I liked Sweeney and Richard's characters. Sweeney has zero tolerance for bullshit. She's a refreshing character. Richard is in every way a gentleman, and all I can say is Sweeney is one lucky lady. ...more
"still missing" is mind boggling and emotional. its a good book but doesnt pack too much of a punch. I honestly did not see some parts coming but when"still missing" is mind boggling and emotional. its a good book but doesnt pack too much of a punch. I honestly did not see some parts coming but when it did come, I wasnt excited at all. I did not connect with protagonist. I symphathized with her plight but I felt like an outsider, like how I would react if I read annie's story in the headlines. it could be the author's writing or the fact that I'm overworked and extended my reading for more than a week. but still, its a decent read....more
In the little town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, lived a little girl (or shall I say woman? But her height was that of a child) named Aurora Teagarden.
SheIn the little town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, lived a little girl (or shall I say woman? But her height was that of a child) named Aurora Teagarden.
She was a pretty little thing, with an odd fashion sense. But being a librarian, we couldn't really blame her for sticking to the norms. She was a member of a quaint little club called Real Murders where she and her clubmates talked about, well, real murders. There was nothing really odd about their club. Just normal people coming together to chit-chat. Well maybe it is odd that they have a fascination for real murders. (like you could really imagine a petite librarian taking interest in real murders?) Anyway, it started with an extraordinary night, because Aurora was going to speak about her favorite murder, the Wallace case. But the night proved better than the talk, because a real stage of the Wallace case has been put up, with her club member as the victim. Ever since the night Robin Crusoe, dashing new-in-town mystery writer comes barging in their club, everything turns wrong.
Bodies have been piling up, but evidence is pointing everywhere. Members are being framed up and the murderer is still lurking around, just waiting for the next kill.
Could Aurora being a bona fide member of Real Murders help her close the case? Or could the fact of her being a member be the death of her?
Aurora Teagarden, was an extremely fast read. It had a calming effect, so this is best read at night when in bed. I do not suggest reading this at work, because you'll experience symptoms of drowsiness. I found this book better written than Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. There wasn't really anything extraordinary in this book. But there wasn't really anything ordinary in it either. Thus 4 stars. I pointed my fingers at almost everyone as the murderer, except the real murderer.
I liked the book, but thanks there's no serious cliffhanger in this one, so I don't feel the need to read the next. Though I probably will. ...more