In The Girl With All The Gifts, Melanie, a young girl living in an sort of military bunker, is one of the narrators. Carey unfolds his story slowly an...moreIn The Girl With All The Gifts, Melanie, a young girl living in an sort of military bunker, is one of the narrators. Carey unfolds his story slowly and carefully. Soon it becomes clear that the time frame is the future in a post-disease devastated England.
Melanie is very bright and is very attached to Ms. Justinau one of her teachers. Ms. Justinau is one of the other narrators of the novel. She is a single childless woman who has been assigned to teach in this desolate and isolated outpost of civilization.
Without giving away too many spoilers, a pathogen has turned much of the population into flesh eating zombie like creatures. The novel is about the relationship between the orphan Melanie and Ms. Justinau, their ability to survive in this new world where their only danger is not just the zombies, and the changing definition of humanity in this future world.
Melanie's gifts are ones that help her to survive in this savage, lawless, new world. The novel is a quick read. Some have labeled this novel a young adult novel, but some of the vocabulary and the descriptions of the science involved in researching and examining the pathogen make that a tough conclusion to draw.
Fans of Science Fiction novels will find this an interesting and quick read. (less)
Barry Libin's book was a nice surprise I found browsing at the library. It's a fairly quick read and will remind readers of a Dan Brown type DaVinci C...moreBarry Libin's book was a nice surprise I found browsing at the library. It's a fairly quick read and will remind readers of a Dan Brown type DaVinci Code novel.
As the novel opens, a distinguished scholar is murdered and his face disfigured with letters carved into his cheeks. He is killed on the evening that he was to give a lecture revealing the content of The Milton Manuscript. This manuscript has been sort of a Holy Grail for Milton Scholars because some of them have been searching for it for years and its importance is that allegedly carries the explanation of God's ways to man as promised in Milton's great poem Paradise Lost.
The deceased scholar's young protégé, Keith Jessup, is a student on the verge of obtaining his PH.d in Milton Studies at Oxford. His vows to finish his mentor's work and begins looking for the manuscript himself.
Naturally, this puts him in danger, and there threats, a car chase, and an assault. There is world travel, an old flame, more murder, and suspense.
An inviting read for mystery buffs even if you don't like Milton but even better if you do!
This book answers the question can plants pick a perpetrator out of a police line up. Lot of typos. Not worth the 99 cents I spent on it. Someone pick...moreThis book answers the question can plants pick a perpetrator out of a police line up. Lot of typos. Not worth the 99 cents I spent on it. Someone picked it for our book club. Really a zero star book. Supposed to be a horror who done it. (less)
Written following many of the tradition of the Nineteenth Century novel, The Luminaries is a fascinating read. Don't get frustrated by the large cast...moreWritten following many of the tradition of the Nineteenth Century novel, The Luminaries is a fascinating read. Don't get frustrated by the large cast of characters. Catton draws them well so you can distinguish them and remember who is who.
The novel is set in a small town in New Zealand. Some of the characters are there because they hope to make their fortune panning for gold. The novel is set in the 19th century when the law of primogeniture forced second and third sons to basically fend for themselves. Others are there because they have made their fortunes and use others to maintain them.
The plot revolves around a missing chest, a missing man, shifting identities, revenge, redemption, following the money and the destiny of soul mates.
Jason Padgett is a young man in the prime of life who enjoys a good time. One night he gets mugged coming out of a dance club. As the result of this i...moreJason Padgett is a young man in the prime of life who enjoys a good time. One night he gets mugged coming out of a dance club. As the result of this incident, his life is changed. His story is about overcoming his injury and adjusting to the entirely new way he sees the world.
During the mugging he received several hard blows to the head. His brain survived and its plasticity opened up the world of math and science for him. He changes from a guy who sold futons in his dad's store to becoming a student of higher math. He is gifted in this field and has a special interest in PI. His new intellectual software allows him insights most people can't comprehend. The photographs of his intricate drawing are amazing.
On the downside, he is initially afraid to leave his home. His OCD is a burden. He is paranoid. He struggles to parent his daughter and enter into and maintain relationships.
His journey to find balance and enjoy his new abilities is worth reading about. (less)
This book could be called: Sometimes Money Can't Save You From Being Someone's Dinner or How Too Much Money Can Get You Killed.
Michael Rockefeller we...moreThis book could be called: Sometimes Money Can't Save You From Being Someone's Dinner or How Too Much Money Can Get You Killed.
Michael Rockefeller went to this very yucky jungle swamp island near New Guinea to collect primitive art (things like spears, shields, and totem poles). He was able to do this in his early 20's because he was a Rockefeller and had probably done everything else.
So on this yucky jungle swamp type island where all the natives have ribbed abs because all they basically have to eat is a chalk like substance made from trees, Michael Rockefeller was able to buy their good will with lots of tobacco. They guys who ate him are probably all dead from their after dinner smokes.
Anyway, he takes a foolish risk and basically get eaten or maybe drowns. All the Rockefeller money in the world can't find him or save him. But I think much of the primitive art he collected is safe and can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Hoffman's goes to the yucky jungle swamp type island to learn Rockefeller's true fate. He even lives with the natives for about a month. He is a strong man who looses a lot of weight because he eats the chalk food with them. He also gives them tobacco. His story of frustration and his hypothesis is a good read. (less)