I’ve just finished three books.
All were recommendations given to me when I reached out to the internet a few weeks back.
Here’s a progress report:
This is a who-dunnit set in Maine, written by a Maine author. Maine I like. Local authors I like. This story, I really didn’t like. The basic premise was really neat. Something mysterious happened on an island when the main character was a child. She’s now come back “home” to find out what happened, and what role her parents may have played. She also gets to bounce back and forth between two very different love interests – the hard-bodied FBI guy and the older, father-figure type.
My problems stemmed from the way entire conversations were left hanging. She’d ask a question or two, and then just give up and leave. I like to be led along with cliff-hanger chapter endings, but this conversationus-interruptus technique was used so often, I felt unfulfilled. In the end of Book 1, we get some of our answers, but have to read on into Book 2 for the rest. I wasn’t that invested. Sorry, Jan – usually we agree. Not this time.
Deal Breaker, by Harlan Coben
Myron Bolivar, our main character, is an investigator who’s turned sports agent. He’s got a sharp tongue, quick wit, and a killer roundhouse kick. He, of course, has to try to solve a mystery that may or may not involve his biggest client. There’s the ~love interest, the best friend, and the mob. The conversations were tight, and the one-liners often had me laughing out loud.
This book, too, ended every section or chapter with a cliff-hanger statement. However, unlike with “Angels,” I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Fortunately for me, this is the first in a series of Myron books, so I will get to keep livin’ the dream. Thank you, Scott. Well played.
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
This is the WWII story of a young, blind, French girl, and a young, scrawny, tech-head German, and how the war changes their lives. The story works on a lot of levels, but it’s really hard to sum up in a paragraph or two. Young Marie-Laure and Werner are connected in ways and through circumstances that are quite improbable, but as the reader – you don’t care. The book is about an appreciation for common decency and those qualities we all share as humans. It shines a little light on art and what’s beautiful, even in a world of hatred and ugliness.
Through Marie-Laure’s blindness, we are given the tools to really stop and experience the world around us in a more sensual way than mere sight allows. Werner is a gentle soul being brought into the Nazi fold, and his tale reminds me that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.
As usual, Mom, good call. Though I still haven’t forgiven you for that Sawtelle book you loved so much. I’ll never get that week back. 😉
So, those are they.
I’m currently wrapping up Doug Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I thought would be awesome, but am finding to be quite stupid. I’m just beginning (5 days later than planned) Breaking Into Alcatraz by Shawn Denson. Alcatraz is in loose-leaf paper form, so it’s less portable than those titles I get on Kindle. That’ll probably slow me down a bit. Expect a full report on both soon.
What’s on your bedside table?