It is hard to believe that the same person who wrote the Hannibal Lecter books wrote this book. Black Sunday is a well written run of the mill thrilleIt is hard to believe that the same person who wrote the Hannibal Lecter books wrote this book. Black Sunday is a well written run of the mill thriller about international and domestic terrorists. It was good, I liked the back stories of some of the main characters, you understand the motivations a bit better. There was a part in the book where the FBI says that a suspects clothes were American made which sent me scrambling for the copyright date. The book was written in the 70's, but doesn't seem overly dated. I hope I can find the movie, it has Quint, from Jaws, playing one of the main characters....more
My feelings towards zoos are really complicated. Even though I know that zoo animals have a consistent food source and medical care, I don't think thaMy feelings towards zoos are really complicated. Even though I know that zoo animals have a consistent food source and medical care, I don't think that living in a zoo is the right thing for a wild animal. The one and only Ivan tells his story from living in the wild in his native Africa to how he came to be performing as a roadside attraction, all while trying to save the latest animal added to the show. The story was really sad and touching, but uplifting at the end. I loved it,
I read this book because it is my turn to select the next book for book club. I am glad I read it before choosing this for the group - it is really daI read this book because it is my turn to select the next book for book club. I am glad I read it before choosing this for the group - it is really dark and disturbing. It would be difficult to say more than the blurb that accompanies the book without giving anything away. I think the comparisons to Gillian Flynn are accurate but I would through Lionel Shriver and Brett Easton Ellis into the mix too....more
My bookclub, which is open to all members of my neighborhood, decided to do an all ages book club meeting one day this summer for the younger readersMy bookclub, which is open to all members of my neighborhood, decided to do an all ages book club meeting one day this summer for the younger readers in the neighborhood. I asked some parents for suggestions and this book came up the most often. Wonder is the story of Auggie, a boy born with a cleft palate and two other cranial-facial abnormalities. Auggie is of normal intelligence and is not in anyway handicapped, so his parents decide fifth grade aka first year of middle school is the time to transition him from home school to private school. Needless to say the transition is not smooth. This is one of those books were you don'treally want to tell people about it, you want to say "just read it."
I loved it and I happy-cried for the last 20 pages....more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, I had this author confused with someone else when I picked it up. The story was about a teenageI wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, I had this author confused with someone else when I picked it up. The story was about a teenaged girl named Kaitlyn whose older sister runs away/ ditches Princeton on Kaitlyn's birthday. Her parents get so wrapped up in her sister moving to New York that they don't see Kaitlyn going on a downward spiral. The story moved along quickly. Kaitlyn starts doing drugs and begins a relationship with a physically abusive boyfriend until one night everything comes to a head. I was surprised that the people in her life didn't see the changes, mostly her parents. Once they realized that their older daughter was safe what kept them form paying a little extra attention to the one at home? I also wasn't sure why Kaitlyn stayed with her abusive boyfriend. It didn't seem like he fit the pattern of abuser/profuse apologizer, he was just a flat out abuser. ...more
I am going to try to write my thoughts without spoiling. First, this book was written by an Australian about Australian characters and the language seeI am going to try to write my thoughts without spoiling. First, this book was written by an Australian about Australian characters and the language seemed a lot closer to American-English than English-English, that surprised me. Second if this book is to be believed Tupperware is still a pretty big deal in Australia, I haven't heard of a Tupperware party in years. Third, I was impressed with the dedication of the characters to not drinking and driving apparently you get pretty smashed at the aforementioned Tupperware parties.
I really would have liked the secret to have been revealed earlier in the story. By the time the secret comes out it has become so obvious that the big reveal is anti-climatic. I thought the three main characters were really well-written and very believable. I don't agree with most of the choices made by them but I understand them.
The book didn't blow me away, this type of story isn't my thing, I thought the ending was kind of terrible. It was like Moriarty gave up, she took the characters on a journey to nowhere....more
When I first started reading this I thought it was non-fiction because it is so in line with my experiences vacationing in The Northern lower peninsulWhen I first started reading this I thought it was non-fiction because it is so in line with my experiences vacationing in The Northern lower peninsula. When I was young my grandparents had a cottage on a lake not to far from Alpena Michigan which would be about due West of the fictional town, Weneshkeen. The residents of the town (which I won't name) where the cottage is located can be hostile towards the summer people. In my late 20's I would do all my shopping at home and put perishables in coolers to transport to the cottage just to avoid the locals as much as possible. The story is told mainly from the point of view of some of the towns people with one storyline coming from a summer person. The story does a good job of showing how the locals deal with the summer people and how the summer people fight among themselves (also seen extensively in my trips to the cottage). I liked the book a lot, it was familiar and reminded me of fun times on the most beautiful lake I have ever been to, I still dream about it. The only thing that kept me from loving the book was one weird storyline involving a recently widowed retired minister who discovers barely legal internet porn. It was kind of disturbing.
I don't know if I would recommend this book to everyone. People who have summer places in small towns that tend to get over run with summer people and people from small towns that get over run with vacationers would probably get this the best....more
When I was a teenager I loved, loved, loved the David Letterman Show. I thought he was the funniest person on Earth and I thought Paul Shaffer was theWhen I was a teenager I loved, loved, loved the David Letterman Show. I thought he was the funniest person on Earth and I thought Paul Shaffer was the weakest part of the show. Letterman surrounds himself with nerds but Shaffer seemed to be too much. So, I start listening to the audio of Shaffer's book, read by the author, he has a very strong, nasal Canadian accent. He pronounces his S's like Cher, like the S sound contains a j or a z. One minute in and I was completely annoyed by him. Two minutes in and I loved him and he stayed in the love for the rest of the book. Shaffer tells some great anecdotes. He was a contemporary of the 70's SNL cast, he doesn't really dish a lot about them after all that crew was well known for their drug excess and that didn't really figure into the book. He also is the musical director for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony so he has played with a lot of the greats (He is a keyboard player). I was hoping for a bit more dish about the Letterman show, but alas he had little to say about some of the crazy things that went down in the early days....more
I have taken so many college level science classes, yet I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks. In the late 1950's her doctor at Johns Hopkins hospitalI have taken so many college level science classes, yet I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks. In the late 1950's her doctor at Johns Hopkins hospital took cells from a cancerous area of her cervix and the first successful cell line from a human was born. Her cells have been the number one source of research on cancer, genetics, and infertility among everything. Her cells, known as HeLa cells,have been sent into space and exploded in atomic bombs. Very little is known about Henrietta Lacks and the other went on a journey to find out more about the woman that has made such a huge contribution to science. It is sad that she died so young and her children never got to know her, instead scientists worldwide got to know her better. One of the big questions that is posed in this book is whether or not patients have ownership of the cells taken from them. Lacks did not know that tissue samples taken during her cancer treatment were being cultivated and sold. For years her family was asked to donate samples without clearly understanding the research that was being done on them. Many of them ended up bitter and suspicious because they felt like they were mislead and used. I thought this book was excellent....more
Megan Abbott is an excellent story teller, the reader on the audio...not so much. I think I will have to actually read this and then come back and wriMegan Abbott is an excellent story teller, the reader on the audio...not so much. I think I will have to actually read this and then come back and write my thoughts down....more