The book is a fictional biography of the life of George Mallory.
As someone who has read a bit about Mt. Everest, I knew the name, but didn’t know muchThe book is a fictional biography of the life of George Mallory.
As someone who has read a bit about Mt. Everest, I knew the name, but didn’t know much about his life. He was British. Tried to be the first to summit Everest but died in the process. Some years later, his body was discovered to confirm that he had died on the mountain, but the mystery of whether he reached the top of world wasn’t solved.
The book focuses on his point of view as a young boy to this death on Everest at the age of 37. He was born to climb as indicated, not just by his climbs of famous mountains, but climbing the facades of buildings at Cambridge, Venice and New York City.
I don’t know how much is factual and how much is entirely made-up. I have no way of knowing and don’t care. I enjoyed the story right from the start. I didn’t want to put the book down but since I’m a slow reader, had to.
As I read, I kept asking myself why I did I like it? Why did I want to keep reading? I can’t say I came up with a satisfactory answer. It’s not the revelation at the end. We know how it ends.
I liked the style. I’ll call it light. It’s not heavy on extraneous details, though some are there.
There is a touching love story between Mallory and his wife Ruth. Fictionalized? I don’t know. And again I don’t care. The book is filled with letters from him to her while away at war or on his expeditions. It made me wish I were the sender or receiver.
There is humour. There is skulduggery. There are the details of the climbs and the decisions about who is involved.
In short it’s part love story and part adventure. It reminded me of reading Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days.
I know a great many people despise Archer. I’m not one of them. I don’t know if you’ll enjoy the read, but I know did. Don’t ask me why. I can’t explain it. ...more
A cop goes searching for his missing wife and finds she's become entranced by these mysterious lights near a small town in southern Texas. Some peopleA cop goes searching for his missing wife and finds she's become entranced by these mysterious lights near a small town in southern Texas. Some people see the lights and are drawn to them like an addict to his fix. Most simply don't see them and feel they are being tricked. Natural explanations are offered but nothing is definitive. It’s a mystery.
The novel centres around the mystery of these lights--past encounters and present. I was caught up in understanding what caused them. As a skeptic I want a natural explanation. I won't spoil the mystery.
There are four major points of view. 1. Daniel Page, our protagonist, is a cop trying to reconnect with his wife and in the process is caught up in the events surrounding the lights. 2. A guard protecting a government observatory (think SETI research). 3. A US Army colonel leading a military intelligence unit with links to the NSA. 4. A TV reporter who dreams of making it to CNN, the big time.
There are some thrills in this novel based on people trying to kill others with weapons and some trying to flee being killed, but the novel focuses on the explaining the mystery of these lights. There is no rush to a big climax at the end.
I found Daniel Page an odd name for a male lead who isn’t afraid to take action. I kept thinking Paige, a female name.
I also found it odd that this lead need not be in the story. His only connection is his missing wife and her fascination with sitting out at this remote site watching for the lights to appear. He isn’t needed because he doesn’t play a role in solving the mystery.
Given this premise, a much better thriller could have been written.
Many of the backstory or flashback chapters dragged on with little in the way of suspense or action. They do serve a purpose, but could have been shorter. In fact, much of the story could have been trimmed or other plot points added.
Overall I was disappointed. Not terrible, but certainly not great.
It's not often I read a book in one sitting but it happened with this book.
The book is a collection of events in the writer's life that relate to atheIt's not often I read a book in one sitting but it happened with this book.
The book is a collection of events in the writer's life that relate to atheism and religion. There's a section on US politics and I'm not sure why it's there because the discussion isn't religion and poltics; it's about his political views.
This book isn't meant to be a primer or arguments for atheism or a rebuttal of Christianity. Don’t expect to be schooled on either topic. It's meant to be funny and at times it is. It's also crude and rude and obnoxious. At times it’s outrageous and completely off the wall.
The only pages without swear words are the blank pages, copyright notice and title page. You’ve been warned.
Not the book I expected. It attempts to cover all aspects of writing a novel (POV, plot, characters, dialogue etc.) and does so briefly. The last partNot the book I expected. It attempts to cover all aspects of writing a novel (POV, plot, characters, dialogue etc.) and does so briefly. The last part of the book is what I was looking for and it was covered briefly.
This is book in not about writing a narrative or how to structure a story for a screenplay. It's about dealing with all the people involved in makingThis is book in not about writing a narrative or how to structure a story for a screenplay. It's about dealing with all the people involved in making a Hollywood movie if you are or want to be a screenwriter.
Sardonic and irreverent, they write an insider's look at Hollywood like Goldman did but with humour.