Ever since *A is for Alibi*, I've been hooked to the Kinsey Millhone series. Therefore, Sue Grafton became one of...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Ever since *A is for Alibi*, I've been hooked to the Kinsey Millhone series. Therefore, Sue Grafton became one of my favorite authors. Throughout the series, some were great and some were not so great. Nonetheless, I was extremely excited to get the paperback edition of *S is for Silence*. I read this book every opportunity I could take advantage of.
It's 1987. Kinsey has been hired by Daisy Sullivan to find out whatever happened to her mother, Violet, who disappeared on 4th of July 1953.
4th of July 1953, Violet is getting herself ready for the festive night. In walks Liza Mellincamp, who has been hired to babysit Violet's 7 year old daughter, Daisy. Liza is in awe of Violet. Violet is ready and takes off with her new Pomeranian puppy, Baby, in her brand-new Bel Aire. She was never seen after this day.
34 years later, Daisy wants closure. She wants to know why if her mother left on her own volition. Kinsey returns to the little town where Violet lived before she disappeared. Just about 90% of the people who were there in '53 are still living there. Piece of cake, eh? Not quite so. However, Kinsey has been able to piece together the last days of Violet before she disappeared.
It was no secret that Violet was a flirt. Married men didn't stop her. It was also not a secret that she won a $50,000 lawsuit settlement. She wasn't afraid to brag about it.
The question is did she disappear on her own or was she killed? If she took off on her own, why? Was there a serious lover? If she was murdered, there are no shortage of suspects. Was it her abusive, now recovering alcoholic, husband? Was it the young salesman who sold her that car and was later fired? Was it one of the married men that she had an affair with and abruptly stopped the liasion? Was it one of the women, disgusted by Violet's absence of moral standards?
The book "toggles" between Kinsey's present time (1987), in one chapter, and the characters in 1953. *S* was an interesting change of routine. In the other series, she usually includes Henry, her landlord, Rosie, owner of a restaurant, and some lover. In *S*, they're barely mentioned. So, it was nice to see Kinsey interact more with her client and the people she interviewed.
Overall, a good book that I couldn't put down. Now, I'm just sad because I gotta wait forever before T comes out. Sue, hurry!(less)
"Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Princess" was an interesting and informative "dossier" of Wonder...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
"Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Princess" was an interesting and informative "dossier" of Wonder Woman in the comics. This book helped me realized that I am a fan of Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman, rather than how she is depicted in the comics. Perhap, I just need to re-familiarize myself with the Wonder Woman comics. That is...if I can sort out all these timelines. If Marvel has numerous timelines, I'm sure that DC is no different.
I did learn a few things about Wonder Woman. For example, I knew about her invisible jet but I did not know about her other invisible modes of transportation. Her array of weapons were fascinating as well. Of course, I was shocked to learn that Queen Hippolyta was once Wonder Woman. However, I was disappointed that Nubia, Diana's twin sister was not mentioned (other than a listing in the back). There were just so many things that I learned about Wonder Woman, despite the fact that I claimed her to be one of my favorite superheroines.
However, there were a few tidbits that I found confusing. For example, Diana Trevor crashing and dying on Paradise Island. It is said that Princess Diana was named after Trevor. But wait a minute! Wasn't she already named Diana?!? The whole Diana Trevor was something new and confusing because most of us know about Steve Trevor crashing on Paradise Island. Again, was this from a different timeline?
Overall, I found the book to be interesting even though some info can be confusing. I did find some of Wonder Woman's villians to be comical. An example...Egg Fu?
Of course, there were some info that I wished were included in the book. The TV show, Wonder Woman, starring Lynda Carter. There was no mention of the TV show impacting the comics. Was the transformation (spinning) a result of the tv show? Or was that before? There were no mention of the cartoons. I guess the comics were the sole focus of this book. Also, I wished that the book had included Marvel's version of Wonder Woman. I wished that the book had included the fusion of Wonder Woman and Storm, Amazon.
The best feature of this entire book was seeing the evolution of Wonder Woman. Her uniform has changed. Her powers have increased. Her status has elevated. She is indeed Wonder Woman!(less)
Others may have loved and raved this book but for me, I just could not wait to finish it. I am surprised I even f...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Others may have loved and raved this book but for me, I just could not wait to finish it. I am surprised I even finished it because some books I'll just stop reading it and move on to another book. I don't see how this book became a classic because it was redundant in style.
*1984* is futuristic in nature. Winston Smith is one of many who works for the Ministry of Truth and is constantly watched by the televised omnipotent Big Brother. Winston's job is to distort or doctor the truths and facts that may contradict the Party.
Discontent with his monitored life, he begins to secretly write in a journal which encourages him to think with critical analyses that would be viewed heretical by the Party. In addition, he meets Julia which they initiate sexual escapades, also in secret.
Predictably, Winston and Julia are captured by the Party. Winston goes through torture to which the Party oversees in order to condition him back to Party's mission and beliefs.
The plot is fairly simplistic but with redundant lines. "Oceania has always been war with Eastasia." "Freedom is slavery." "Big Brother is watching you." In other words, it was nothing but a lot of nonsensical fillers.
Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone. (less)
*Hunger of Memory* was an ok read. There was nothing unforgettable in the book. So, that left me somewhat disappo...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Hunger of Memory* was an ok read. There was nothing unforgettable in the book. So, that left me somewhat disappointed. Rodriguez provided his personal accounts on some topics, such as assimilation, language, bi-bi education, Catholicism, affirmative action, etc.
I enjoyed reading about his views and experiences with assimilating with American values and whatnots. For those of us who are minorities, I believe that we can relate to that. His personal accounts kind of became reminders of my childhood and helped me re-evaluate how I was assimilated.
The other thing I enjoyed reading was about his college education and "moving up" as a minority in regards to scholarships and job offers. As a minority, you never really know if you're being sought after due to your minority status or your expertise/specialty. Rodriguez was honest about his feelings and views on such things.
His portrayal of his mother reminded me so much of my mother. I had to laugh and groan in memory. It is interesting to see how he portrays a separation between him and his family due to his being an academician. It as if his family expect him to know everything because he's educated. Yet, when he gives answers, those answers are "over the top" for them. They just dismiss him and move on. At the same time, they still encourage him for further achievements...as long as he leaves out the family because it is a private matter.
What I didn't like about the book was that he droned on and on about language (Spanish & English). I'm guess I was bored with this as I had just finished reading *Breaking Through* and *Growing Up Latino*. Both of these books mentioned this. I realize it is a common experience by Hispanics in regards to Spanish and English. But in Rodriguez, he dwells on language forever.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked half of it and hated the other half. It was like he wrote about himself but at the same time, he didn't. This book was more of his views on things rather than getting to know him.(less)
It's been AGES since I've read anything by Frank Peretti. The last time was during the hot times when he publishe...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
It's been AGES since I've read anything by Frank Peretti. The last time was during the hot times when he published *This Present Darkness*, *The Prophet*, *The Visitation* and the like.
Then, I see a "new" book by him, including *House* with Ted Dekker. So, I thought, hmm, why not.
Wow, *Monster* is totally not what I expected from Peretti. Peretti is known for his novels on spiritual warfare...ya know, angels vs. demons. *Monster* contains characters like Bigfoot (plural: Bigfeet?), and something you'd see in the Resident Evil movies/games and maybe a little bit of King Kong (hostage situation).
Reed and his wife, Beck, are away in the woods for a wilderness survival experience. However, things soon go wrong when they encounter the death of another camper and not able to shake that sinking feeling that someone or something is watching them. The action really picks up when Beck is kidnapped.
Reed soon calls for help from the Park Rangers and his friends to rescue his wife, even if she might be found dead. Meanwhile, they soon learn that something is right in the picture. Nearby, there is a scientific research lab and the people there are tight-lipped.
On the other hand, Beck is a hostage to creatures that she has never seen before. Amazingly, she is alive but she must constantly remain submissive. However, despite their brute strength, stealth surveillance and strict hierarchy, they are afraid of something "out there". Who or what are they?
*Monster* isn't one of Peretti's best work. If this was to be a movie adaptation, I could imagine it shown in the Sci-Fi Channel. (less)