Naked in Death is the first book in a 34 book series (so far) by Nora Roberts (writing under the name "J.D. Robb"). The series is about a police officNaked in Death is the first book in a 34 book series (so far) by Nora Roberts (writing under the name "J.D. Robb"). The series is about a police officer named Eve Dallas. She is a homicide detective, she takes her work very seriously. She has a tragic past.
This book concerns a case of three women who are murdered and Eve's work to find the killer and bring them to justice. As in every good mystery there are twists, turns and surprises along the way. She is romanced during this investigation by 'Roarke' a mysterious wealthy man who may or may not have something to do with her case.
I was engrossed with this book while reading it. The characters were interesting and complex, the plot was realistic, and the way the story unfolded was entertaining to the reader. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy mysteries and contemporary action with moments of chilling surprise. This book does have adult themes, not for most under 18....more
A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes as read on audiobook by Samuel L. Jackson is one of those atmospheric to a certain time and place books, I think, A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes as read on audiobook by Samuel L. Jackson is one of those atmospheric to a certain time and place books, I think, that you either like or don't, according to your taste in reading material. It is well-written, characters are crisp and clear, true-to-life. The story is well thought out with irony and humor interspersed throughout.
Samuel L. Jackson narrates well and was an inspired choice to narrate the book. He inhabits the characters like he is well-acquainted with them all.
I enjoyed reading this book at the beginning but tired of the story as it went on. As it wasn't an especially long book I think the fault of my growing boredom lie in my taste in books, with no fault belonging to the author. Contemporary crime action is just not a genre that interests me much.
For those that like Crime drama/Action books and movies, i think this would be a favorite. This book contains adult themes graphic violence and language--it's definitely not for children but for the adult crime/action enthusiast.
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers is a book about a girl in the beginning of adolescence in the early 1940's. The author tells of the co The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers is a book about a girl in the beginning of adolescence in the early 1940's. The author tells of the confusion and stubborness of a twelve year old girl. Motherless, she has very little guidance or education in what is happening to her life, her body, and her town.
Very well written, this is a classic book about the growing up. It is appropriate for ages eleven years old and up, I think. It is a good choice for a book club read.
I experienced this book by Audiobook, read by Susan Sarandon who was an inspired choice. Her southern drawl makes this book come alive....more
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is a unique book combining historical figures and events with vampire lore. It works on all le Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is a unique book combining historical figures and events with vampire lore. It works on all levels for me. It is informative, while also fun and exciting.
The book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln from his childhood, through his days of as a lawyer, a husband and father, and as a president leading a country divided by civil war, and finally to his death. The author has cleverly brought in vampires (both good and bad) as key players in Lincoln's life and the fate of the U.S. as a united country.
I found this book fascinating and enjoyed it immensely. My only misgiving (and the reason I gave the book four stars instead of five) is because I feel somewhat uneasy about changing actual historical events although I do feel that in this book history is respected and has done a good job in teaching about Lincoln and the American Civil War.
I recommend this book to everyone interested in the Civil War, American history, and likes "what-if" scenarios. ...more
Legend is the first in a new series of books by Marie Lu about a post-apocalyptic dystopian society with a corrupt government and the freedom fighte Legend is the first in a new series of books by Marie Lu about a post-apocalyptic dystopian society with a corrupt government and the freedom fighters who fight against this government. The story is a simple one: freedom fighter meets government officer unaware of her ties, they like each other but there are obstacles in their way.
Being a Young Adult novel, this book is suitable for all ages but will be best appreciated by YA ages 10--16 years old. The is some violence but it's not too graphic. There's also a subplot about a plague and questions are raised about healthcare differences between the poor and the rich.
This book was okay. It was a quick, painless read, and I liked the characters. However, I doubt I will be reading it again or following the series, I need a series to keep me riveted, eager to read what's next--with this book I did not have that feeling....more
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a classic, a landmark book written in 1931. It tells the story of a man and his family who started out as poor fa The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a classic, a landmark book written in 1931. It tells the story of a man and his family who started out as poor farmers in the generation before the Great Cultural Revolution of Mao. Through this story we come to understand the revolution, the feeling of the people there, the growing abyss between the rich and the poor.
Although this book is written as a story of a man and his family, is it actually an allegory of the whole country of China at that time. It is a very stark, extremely thought-provoking story. Much of the book is very sad but, as in life, there are moments of joy and triumph.
I recommend this book to everyone interested in history,, especially the history of China and the far East, although the far-reaching consequences of this book effect us all, even till today. This is adult subject matter, I would think it should be material more suited to the over-fifteen year old reader. After this book, the reader may have an interest to read a book that furthers the story of another family during and after the Great Cultural Revolution, The Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang....more
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley is a paranormal fantasy about a secret organization of individuals who work to keep Britain free from evil paranormal be The Rook by Daniel O'Malley is a paranormal fantasy about a secret organization of individuals who work to keep Britain free from evil paranormal beings. The story is told by a person who has been implanted into one of the top people in the organization. Through this new person we read through letters explaining her experience and the history of the group. The hierarchy of the group named with chess piece names, i.e. pawns, rooks, chevaliers, and bishops.
Myfawny Thomas is one of the two Rooks in the Checquays. She is the protagonist. She is a quick-learner and able to use her powers quickly. She, and the other characters are fascinating, with unique abilities and powers.
I liked this story. It was unique, interesting, and compelling. There was plenty of dry British humor. I recommend this book for all that enjoy paranormal fantasy. It's a new world placed in our real-life world with a complete history and explanation. ...more
Lover Reborn is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series written by J.R. Ward. It if the tenth book in a series that has allowed us to ge Lover Reborn is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series written by J.R. Ward. It if the tenth book in a series that has allowed us to get to know these vampire warriors: their lives, their loves, and their enemies. We have also seen them fighting their own inner demons of self-doubt, substance abuse, and problems of a sexual nature. They (the BDB) all live in a large, fortified house with their mates. Their king also is in residence there.
Each book has one main theme with the romance of one of the brothers and how they found, lost, and finally settled down, in the mansion, with their mate. This book was about Tohrment whose mate, Welsey, was murdered in an earlier book. This book's main story was about how her death was finally accepted and her ashes put to rest.
There are several subplots going on during the main story. There is a large cast of characters. The threads of the stories are interwoven through each book with the longer threads weave their way through-out a number of books; some woven through the whole series.
I have enjoyed reading all of these books and look forward eagerly to each new one released. While i would not say Lover Reborn is not the strongest or most engrossing of the books, I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading vampire/gothic fiction. As with all the other books in this series, there are adult themes....more
This excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived aThis excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a very public life. Born into a large, Hollywood family, Mia Farrow has met and often befriended an eclectic group of friends--from Salvador Dali to the Beatles to so many of 'old Hollywood' such as Charles Boyer, Hal Roach, and Elizabeth Taylor and their children.
The three loves of her life, two of which she married--the legend Frank Sinatra, musician Andre Previn, and filmmaker Woody Allen were all very different people and the relationships were all different.
She has given birth to four children and adopted ten others (Some of which were disabled). A great humanitarian, she has worked to raise the public conscience about handicapped, disabled children of third-world countries.
A naturally quiet, shy person, she has withstood great highs and lows in her life, also withstood controversy with determination and courage....more
I enjoyed reading Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Written in first person, it tells theI enjoyed reading Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Written in first person, it tells the story of the author's volunteer work with children in the war-torn country of Nepal. His touching memoir informs about child trafficking during the Nepal civil war and the people who risked their lives to reunite families.
Well paced, I found I was so engrossed in the story I read the book through in two sittings. I recommend this book to all who are interested in traveling and current world events; also to all that care about children and their welfare....more