I've read the first two novels in Roux's series: Asylum and Sanctum, both deliciously creepy. These three novellas are no less compelling and eerie. EI've read the first two novels in Roux's series: Asylum and Sanctum, both deliciously creepy. These three novellas are no less compelling and eerie. Each gives a brief and terrifying glimpse into the early years of the mental hospital, Brookline, and the dark figures who inhabit it.
If you want stories that give you the willies and make you look over your shoulder, give the Asylum series a try....more
O'Reilly has written a series of books like this, Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Reagan. I haven't read the others yet, so I was expectingO'Reilly has written a series of books like this, Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Reagan. I haven't read the others yet, so I was expecting some unique insights into the death of Jesus, something I didn't know already. While Killing Jesus is an evocative narrative of the life and death of the most famous man in history, it was little more than that--his story. O'Reilly does delve into historical details of the Roman and Jewish leaders who were involved, including Herod, Ciaphas, and Pontias Pilate, as well as some who were only barely connected, like Ceasar and Tiberius. I am certain O'Reilly and Dugard did their homework, but there was nothing here I didn't already know from reading the Bible and from my basic knowledge of Ancient Roman history. Also, some of their details (such as claiming Mary Magdelene was a prostitute) are clearly taken from common assumption than from expert Biblical resources.
If you're looking for a contemporary re-telling of Jesus' life, then O'Reilly's is an excellent choice. The narrative is modern and provides plenty of description to pique a reader's interest. For someone not already familiar with the New Testament, this would be a good introduction to it. However, for those who are devout in the faith, as I am, this book may leave you feeling disappointed. I was honestly expecting more, especially about why and how the death of Jesus affected the world the way it has.
O'Reilly does add some information at the end about Jesus's twelve apostles and their eventual fates, which was interesting, but again, while not mentioned in the Bible, most Christians are already familiar with these stories. So I have to say that the book would be more valuable for someone unfamiliar or at least not well-versed with the history of Christ. Otherwise, for me, it was just another Jesus story....more
I selected Voices from Chernobyl for my book club, which is reading award-winning books. The author, Svetlana Alexievich, was awarded the Nobel PrizeI selected Voices from Chernobyl for my book club, which is reading award-winning books. The author, Svetlana Alexievich, was awarded the Nobel Prize last year for her body of work. This particular volume is a collection of first hand accounts by survivors of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, when a nuclear reactor in Belarus, Russia blew up and spread radioactive particles throughout the region and the world.
Perhaps in my American over-exposed-to-media-violence brain, I was expecting more specific details about the physical affects of the event: gruesome deaths of those sent to clean up the site, deformed babies, etc. There is a little of that, very little, but most of the stories of these people describe their impressions of the event itself: the odd color of the fire, the chaos of evacuation, the fear and lies that surrounded the "Chernobylites". More importantly, these narratives reveal the inner-workings of the Soviet mindset, the trust of the people in their government, the distrust in the scientific community, the "we" versus the "I" mentality--concepts that are so alien to the American way of thinking. This book also exposes how this absolute loyalty to the communist party began to dissolve, greatly in part to the truth behind Chernobyl. It's a history among histories, the story of the beginning of an end.
While Voices from Chernobyl is not the easiest book to get through (many of the narratives are repetitive of each other), it is an important contemporary historical document, and reading it left me with a pit in my stomach and so many questions. I wanted to know more, so much more. And isn't that what good historical literature should do, compel us to seek out answers to the questions that are left unanswered?...more
Bewitching is a good word to describe Laura Ruby's Bone Gap. From the opening page, I couldn't put it down. The characters are mesmerizing and so realBewitching is a good word to describe Laura Ruby's Bone Gap. From the opening page, I couldn't put it down. The characters are mesmerizing and so real, they could honestly be living right next door. It wasn't until half way through the novel that I realized this is actually a fantasy novel, though that word doesn't quite do it justice. Magical. Mystical. Bone Gap is a nod to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, borrowing it's the underpinnings of its story from Orpheus's attempt to rescue his beloved from the Underworld. Of course, while Bone Gap cleverly weaves in elements from Virgil's myth, it also succeeds in creating a world and dual love story that is both unique and memorable.
If I have to complain about anything, it would be these two things. First, I disapprove of ANY sex between minors in books, especially books written for teens. I believe it is irresponsible of authors to mislead teenagers into thinking sex has no emotional or physical consequences, that it's all about love. This book has teen sex painted as an expression of heartfelt, sincere love with no consideration to the fact that in real life, pregnancy, disease, shame, and heartbreak are often the result.
Second, without giving anything away, the final conflict between the hero and the villain happened too fast, the rescue too easy. Not bad, but there could have been more. Much more.
I read this on my Nook. Great insight into this controversial past President. I enjoyed reading about his efforts as a General, that he was a true AmeI read this on my Nook. Great insight into this controversial past President. I enjoyed reading about his efforts as a General, that he was a true American hero. Got a solid idea of his personality. I did want to know more about his connection to the American Indians and the Indian Removal Act. The book just brushes over that, but there are books available about that topic alone. But as an overview of his life and an examination of Jackson as a man, this was worth the read....more
Disappointing, but interesting enough to keep me listening. The plot is basically "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" for adults. Some of the characters were soDisappointing, but interesting enough to keep me listening. The plot is basically "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" for adults. Some of the characters were so caricature it was beyond tolerable. But half way through, once the little people started dying in violent and gory ways, it became bearable. I honestly expected far better from Michael Crichton. I mean, come on! Jurassic Park! Coma! Not a remake of a thirty-year-old Disney pic. Sorry. I just really hoped for more....more