Some very interesting insights by the famous musician on almost every subject. I'm a big fan, and enjoyed it very much.
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Reacher is in the wrong place at the wrong time and stumbles into a suicide/snuff ring. He teams up with an-ex FBI private investigator (who of course succumbs to his charms) and solves the case in his usual caustic, militaristic manner. Thought it was a great book.
First book on Kindle (my daughters bought me one for Christmas), and I liked the experience.
Gabriel Allon and his fellow friend assassin jointly seek an IRA bomber partly responsible for the bombing of Allon's family in Vienna, There is the usual international intrigue, some major bloodletting, and our villain is caught and executed in the end. Fast-Paced and Satisfying.
I'm getting hooked on the Kindle.
In 1998, Bowie answered Vanity Fair’s famous Proust Questionnaire. In response to the question, ‘What is your idea of perfect happiness?’ Bowie answered ‘Reading’. And the quality he most liked in a man? ‘The ability to return books’.
CIA Agent Will Robie accidentally kills a young girl during an assassination of her father. Then he freezes up during his next attempt and is relieved of duty and returns to his childhood home to help defend his estranged father of murder charges. Sort of a go back to go ahead thing. When things get hairy his sometime partner Jessica Reel joins him and together they solve the case with a major plot twist in the last 50 pages or so that I did not see coming. Overall the book was just OK.
A badly wounded man who has had his horses stolen and partner killed is found in a cave by a beautiful woman. She nurses him back to health and over 100 pages of the book he manages to persuade her to fall in love with him. He also defeats the rustlers and the Apaches and everyone lives happily ever after.
This one was a lot better than the one above.
I won't count this due to length, but I thought it worth reviewing one of the major publishing events of 2015.
0. Asterix and the Missing Scroll
Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The only real questions with this book are "is it a travesty" and "is it amusing". No to the first and yes to the second.
Ferri and Conrad have now entrenched themselves as successors to Goscinny and Uderzo in chronicling the exploits of Asterix and his pals. Asterix and the Missing Scroll is a satire on media and publishing. Caesar's advisor counsels him to cut the chapter on his losses to the indomitable Gauls from his memoirs so that the world will believe that he conquered all Gaul. Caesar does so, but the excised scroll is stolen and finds its way to the Gaulish village.
One of the hallmarks of the Asterix series is the clever puns in the names, and Ferri does well here. He also updates the series a bit with names like Bigdhata, Ipsos and Wifix. Names like Pridanprejudis and Confoundtheirpolitix are less successful, seeming a bit forced and struggling for relevance.
The book has a very neat coda with a tribute to the original authors, which I really liked.
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Edited by California Dreamer - 1/17/16 at 11:22pm
2. Slaughterhouse 5
2. Slaughterhouse 5
So I'll spare us a re-telling, as I assume we're all familiar.
What this is, for me, was a re-read. When I read this book in 2009 I loved it, thought it was brilliant, it caught me by surprise and really excited. Well, as a re-read none of those feelings were there, I just blitzed through it largely disengaged. No idea why - I guess sometimes you don't want something you already know.
In a reading rut at the moment, fellas, really need a book to light my fire, and haven't had one in a few months!
Time to turn to that old friends, sci fi, need something to grab me.
1. The Whisperer
The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mila Vasquez is a cop with a special aptitude for finding missing children. After a messy conclusion to a case, she is ordered to report to a serial killer unit that needs her skills, led by criminologist Goran Gavila,
The unit is investigating the discovery of a number of buried arms, all belonging to missing children. None have been found, and Mila is needed to help locate them. As th eivestigation progresses, it becomes clear that they are dealing with a serial killer of rare and evil cunning.
Carrisi spins an intricate plot with many twists and turns. Mila and Goran are storng and original characters, although the rest of the investigative team are largely stereotypical. Overall it's a very satisfying read, and I would have been prepared to give this 5 stars except that a couple of the major twists are brought about by quite silly and unbelievable events, reducing the credibility of the plot.
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