The King Raven Trilogy-HOOD(1st book) and SCARLET (2nd book).by Stephen LawheadLawhead has reimagined or recreated the tale of Robin Hood, Rhi Bran Y Hud. The story takes place not in Sherwood Forest or during the reign of Richard the Lionhearted. Instead the story takes place during the tumultuous time just after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Robin Hood is a welsh prince fighting for his stolen land and for the safety of his people.Stephen Lawhead has the ability to make the reader think that what he has written truly happend. The pain and loss that the welsh people have felt, you feel it too. Scarlet is a follow up to Hood-Lawheads serial version of Robin Hood or Rhi Bran Y Hud. If you are a lover of historical fiction or of Robin Hood then this is a must read, if you haven't read it yet you are missing out.
Barely over 100 pages, this book is a delight. Queen Elizabeth II has discovered "reading for pleasure" and it changes her to everyone's horror. The book gives a peek into the world of royalty with all its restrictions.
Engaing and moving, this book tells the story of Bernard Doyle and his three sons. Two of his sons are adopted and are African Americans. Doyle is the former mayor of Boston and hopes that one of his sons will follow in his footsteps. However, the boys have no interest in politics. One snowy night a car appears from nowhere radically changing the lives of these characters. Linda Knel
by Alex Ross
Does your enjoyment of classical music end with Beethoven? Why not expand your horizons with this very readable and engaging look at classic music in the twentieth century penned by the music critic for the New Yorker? Great stories. Great music. Jen Bollerman
Grief by Andrew Holleran
This is one perfectly written little novel. A middle aged gay man goes to Washinton D.C. to escape the grief he feels over the recent death of his mother. As he explores the city, his grief gets intertwined with that of Mary Todd Lincoln's, as revealed to him through her letters. First and foremost a novel about hope,losses and the unavoidable grief that we all experience. Really excellent. Jen Bollerman
by J.R. Moehringer
Well written memoir about the authors life growing up in Manhasset under the influence of the men at "Publicans", a local town bar.-B.Shupe
by Richard Preston
This nonfiction book reads like a medical thriller. Preston describes the circumstances surrounding the anthrax scares in 2001 and goes on to detail the worldwide battle that was fought to iradicate a much more deadly virus - smallpox. In spite of it's iradication, this virulent disease sleeps in many bio-research facilities around the world and the thought that it could be used as a bio-weapon is a scary one.The ease with which Preston makes you believe this is possible is made all the more disturbing by the fact that this is a work of nonfiction.Anyone addicted to medical thrillers/drama (both TV and book) should give this book a try.
December 6, 2007 2:08 PM
A thirty-year-old night patrolman on a Fort Worth highway, is convinced that his pet, a parrot with a complicated history, holds a vital message for him, and researches the parrot's past in the library while coping with the librarian's amorous advances.
The Husband by Dean Koontz
An average, working class, married man gets a strange and alarming phone call that the caller is holding his wife hostage. He thinks that this may be a joke until scary things start to happen that prove the caller is not lying. This novel is most definitely a page turner and will keep you guessing until the very end.
I loved this memoir of an unbelievably dysfunctional family - sort of an American "Angela's Ashes" complete with humor and tragedy.
by Kathy Carter
by Paul Hoffman
A well-written book about the world of competitive chess. Meet an entertaining array of grandmasters, lunatics, eccentrics and geniuses who exist among the world of 64 squares. The book is not perfect; the sections where the author reflects on his father are weak, but the author's understanding of chess and psychology make this worth perusing. Jen Bollerman
by Sara Nelson
I savored this book from December 2006 to April 2007. It is a diary of a woman's reading plan of one book a week for one year. She turned me onto so many books.
Award-winning novel of a family that takes place during the span of three Junes and is told in three different voices. The first is told by the father, the second by one of his sons and the third by a woman that they both know. Some characters appear in her newest novel, "The Whole World Over."
Set in Baltimore Tyler's novel focuses on two families waiting at the airport to receive their adopted baby girls from Korea. These two families, unknown to each other, couldn't be any different from each other. One is rich and very WASPy, the other is Iranian-American. It is this latter family that gives the book color and heart and taste and the father gives some excellent insights about being foreign-born in America.
Young girl tells the story of her parents' search for Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula. There is a lot of colorful history as well as wonderful looks at Eastern European countries. I especially liked the importance of libraries in its plot.Kathy Carter
November 21, 2007 11:37 AM
In a very haunting story we follow a man and his young son as they travel across a blackened America. Together they battle the weather, starvation, fellow survivors and despair. Not for the faint-hearted.Kathy Carter
by Mary Stewart
A fantastic book, full of descriptions, characterization and constant suspense - more suspense than romance I must admit. Set in Crete it's the story of an Englishwoman who works in Athens and how she accidentally gets involved in a murder/robbery plot. Nicola is a strong, independent and believable character.
by Mary Stewart
A fantastic book, full of descriptions, characterization and constant suspense - more suspense than romance I must admit. Set in Crete it's the story of an Englishwoman who works in Athens and how she accidentally gets involved in a murder/robbery plot. Nicola is a strong, independent and believable character.Kathy Carter
November 21, 2007 11:23 AM
by Caleb Carr
Someone is brutally murdering boys in 19th Century NYC who ply their trade dressing up as female prostitutes. The "alienist" refers to what we would now call a psychiatrist. All the NY figures are here: Jacob Riis and Teddy Roosevelt to name a few. A riveting though oftentimes grusome account of New York City history.Kathy Carter
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
WARNING - this series of books featuring Thursday Next can become addictive. This is the first and I believe it appeals to anyone who likes mysteries, suspense and/or literature.