Dick Francis says you need to think about people wandering through airport bookshops when you're an author. They don't have a lot of time or patienceDick Francis says you need to think about people wandering through airport bookshops when you're an author. They don't have a lot of time or patience to decide which book to buy so you have to capture them on the first page. Brad Meltzer snagged my attention with his opening sentence ... Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. Eight years ago, someone opened fire on the President of the United States' limousine, killing one of his oldest friends and disfiguring his aide. Was the shooter aiming for the President, or was someone else the target? And why, eight years later, is the dead man alive and showing up near the now ex-President? As told through the voice of the aide, Wes, this book had the potential to be a real page turner.
The blurb on the back references buried secrets in freemason history, two hundred year old codes, and decade old puzzles, which made me think of The Davinci Code by Dan Brown. I couldn't put that book down the first time I read it. Every time I thought about taking a break, something else happened and I wound up reading it through in one sitting. While The Book of Fate had periods where I got completely caught up in the action and the story line, the momentum didn't carry for the entire book. I would be speeding along the back streets of Palm Beach with the characters, when Meltzer shifted gears and the story ground to a slow crawl. Then the lunatic escaped the asylum and we were back up to speed only to slow down again in the next chapter.
The premise was intriguing and the characters were good - ones that I'd be interested in seeing again. I'm a little disappointed in the book, though, because there was the potential of being so much more. ...more
The Premise: Dotty Rose moves into the house next door to Dolly Fayre. Both girls are just shy of their 15th birthdays and they become fast friends. CThe Premise: Dotty Rose moves into the house next door to Dolly Fayre. Both girls are just shy of their 15th birthdays and they become fast friends. Carolyn Wells gives a glimpse of what life was like for two moderately well-to-do families in the early part of the 20th century. This first book in the Two Little Women series takes us through the end of their 8th grade year and the summer before they begin highschool.
My Take on the Book: I remember loving this book as a tween. It is one of the first book I remember reading that was more character driven. There really isn't a plot line other than the girls daily lives. For me, one of the most memorable m oments was when they decorated their rooms in matching styles, Dotty in pink and grey and Dolly in green and white. I wanted my room to look just like theirs, only I would have done green and yellow:)
This book was published in 1915 and although their houses sounded much like the one I grew up in, there are some glaring differences. In the book, the households had servants (plural) as a matter of course which we most definitely did not. It bothered me this time around that Wells made specific mention of the black cook who traveled with the Roses to the mountains when they went for their summer vacation, and her speech (completely uneducated) was mildly offensive. I realise that at the time the book was written, this was the norm, but now, it rankled. Other than that, it was enjoyable to revisit two very good friends from my past.
Side note: for all the pregnant bloggers out there looking for different and unusal names, this book had a few -- Girls were Dorinda (nickname Dolly), Flossie, and Maisie May. Boys were Todhunter, Tademus, Clayton and Lorillard. Bet you won't see many of those on the playground! ...more
The Premise: Richard Cypher's decision to help a woman in the Upper Ven near the Boundary between the Midlands and Westland sires more trouble than fiThe Premise: Richard Cypher's decision to help a woman in the Upper Ven near the Boundary between the Midlands and Westland sires more trouble than first appears. Kahlan Amnell seeks the help of a wizard in the Westland, and she brings with her dark news from the other side of the Boundary: Darken Rahl, Ruler of D'Hara, has brought down the other Boundary between D'Hara and the Midlands. This menacing ruler continues his dead father's quest for control by pressing war on the now vulnerable Midlands. Kahlan wants the wizard to name a Seeker of Truth who can try to stop Darken Rahl. When she finds the Old Wizard, he names Richard to be the Seeker and starts him on the quest that will forever alter the world. (from Wikipedia)
My Take on the Book: This is one of those books - the kind that leaves you wanting more when you're finished. Lucky me, I think there are 10 more books in the series. This is also the type of book that has you wondering what to read next because it is hard for anything to measure up. The characters keep coming to mind, even in my dreams. That's a sure sign that a book has deeply affected me. I have a request for the 2nd book on paperbackswap.com - hopefully it will be coming soon, otherwise, I see a visit to Borders in my near future:)
There is a lot of violence in this book, both mystical and natural. There is a war going on between the D'Harans and the people of the Midlands, and many of the atrocities of war show up here. There are also some sexual situations, most not by choice, so if that offends you, this may not be the book for you. One of the things I really liked is the intelligence Richard Cypher shows in his behavior and in the way he handles difficult experiences. He questions things rather than just accepting them. In one instance, rather than offending the people he is staying with by not accepting their customs because it goes against what he believes, he comes up with a unique solution that stops him from doing something he is morally against, while allowing his hosts to "save face"....more