I've been wanting to read this for some time and finally managed to get a copy from the library. I've seen bits and pieces (no pun intended), but want...more I've been wanting to read this for some time and finally managed to get a copy from the library. I've seen bits and pieces (no pun intended), but wanted to read the books first. It was amazing!
We follow Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter annalist with the Miami-Dade police. Not a terrible job, really, sure the reason you're employed is a bit gruesome, but its for the greater good. Dexter does many things for the greater good... including getting rid of those people that the planet really doesn't need.
Did I forget to mention he's a serial killer? Since his foster father knew that eventually his son would become a killer, he taught him how to channel that energy into ridding the world of those monsters that, say, prey on children. Sure, Dexter is a heartless bastard, but he'd never hurt a child! He's as clever as it gets, witty too. There's never a dull moment.
I'm docking points for his sister, Deborah. She swears worse than a drunken sailor at Fleet Week! Other than that, its a great read and I'm looking forward to starting the next one. (less)
I saw this in my local used bookshop. The cheerful yellow caught my eye and the title was interesting. A twenty-four hour bookstore? Sounds interestin...moreI saw this in my local used bookshop. The cheerful yellow caught my eye and the title was interesting. A twenty-four hour bookstore? Sounds interesting, but sometimes a book about books may not go over well. To the library I journeyed only to find that there was a waiting list for this title. What's a girl to do, but add it to her hold list and wait.
I opened the cover and started reading about a young man, in his twenties, jobless, hunting for work. Clay Jannon goes for a walk in his beloved San Fransisco in an attempt to find work... any work. He happens upon a thin little book store in the "pleasure district" with a help wanted sign. "Oh well, at least its work," he thinks.
Mr. Penumbra owns the book store and asks a question that changes Clay's world in a way he never expected, "What do you seek in these shelves?" Doesn't sound like much, but it starts Clay on an adventure that he never thought would happen.
This novel is wonderfully modern, taking place during the Great Recession. Many people are looking for work, any work, just to pay the bills. It also tackles the battle of e-books replacing "traditional books". There's a heavy dose of help from Google in this one, as well as their thoughts on immortality.
Ancient puzzles, obscure books from long dead authors, hackers. What more could a girl ask for?
Just a lovely cup of coffee. Seriously, I would love to tell you more of the plot, but that would be giving too much away. You really should read about Clay, the night clerk at Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.
(Oh one more thing... the cover glows in the dark!) (less)
I happened on this gem in a used bookshop and thought, 'why not?' The author was given a special access to...moreGroup: Six People in Search of Life 4 Stars
I happened on this gem in a used bookshop and thought, 'why not?' The author was given a special access to follow the group sessions of one particular handful of people in New York. They are taught how to use talk therapy and supervised sessions to self treat. Honestly, I read this as a way to get ahead of the curve if my therapist ever wants to go the group therapy route.
I was a bit miffed to be honest. That and pleased that my therapist isn't a jerk like the one in these people had to deal with. He has a bad habit of stopping people mid-thought to derail and go on to whatever he was thinking. As a whole, the group just rolls with it.
I found it interesting to see these people change and grow over the course of a year. Some made changes for the better, others... not so much. In the end it was an interesting book, but difficult to recommend to others. (less)
I love Batman, but seriously?! This is full of problems. If you're going to take off the batsuit the cowl would follow. And the way that Batman saves...moreI love Batman, but seriously?! This is full of problems. If you're going to take off the batsuit the cowl would follow. And the way that Batman saves the city at the end? How ridiculous! THe writers got lazy on this one and it shows.(less)
I read this quickly, in just a few days. Not only is this a short book, but its highly engrossing. Reading the trials that effected our Brothers and S...moreI read this quickly, in just a few days. Not only is this a short book, but its highly engrossing. Reading the trials that effected our Brothers and Sisters in Sierra Leone and Guinea has done much to encourage me and build faith. May Jehovah continue to bless his people throughout the world. (less)