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June 11, 2024

The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader

Filed under: Uncategorized — Randolph @ 2:53 pm

This book looks promising, and the story would be good if written by another author. This author doesn’t understand the basics of writing.

He frequently describes events and character feelings rather than showing the reader. His characters are poorly developed and overreact to situations and statements. They also talk to the reader instead of each other.
He further goes to reinforce stereotypes and uses gratuitous sex in scenes that are more of a hindrance to the plot – if you can find it.

May 10, 2024

Calico Joe by John Grisham

Filed under: Fiction — Tags: — Randolph @ 2:41 pm

May 3, 2024

Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

Filed under: Mystery — Tags: — Randolph @ 2:40 pm

April 17, 2024

Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman

Filed under: Mystery — Tags: — Randolph @ 10:22 am

February 22, 2024

The Celtic World by Jennifer Paxton

Filed under: History — Tags: , — Randolph @ 5:20 pm

This is an interesting and thorough history of the Celtic people as best understood by historians of the period. It starts by tracing the movement of people into Ireland and Scotland from Europe, discussing motivations and culture as best we know. Dr. Paxton is in the History Dept. at the Catholic University of America.

The presentation includes maps and images of artifacts of the Celtic peoples.

February 9, 2024

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimon

Filed under: Fantasy — Tags: — Randolph @ 2:11 pm

This book tells a few select stories from Norse mythology. Neil Gaimon brings a well-told and enjoyable story to what I’ve found to be a usually stale telling.

This tells some of the more common stories and involves all the more familiar gods and giants as well as a few other key ones. The book provides a good overview of Norse mythology.

February 1, 2024

Send In The Tort Lawyer$-A Legal Farce by T C Morrison

Filed under: Humor — Tags: , — Randolph @ 4:32 pm

This is the third book in a series, Pap and Pup Peters. Pap and Pup are brothers and tort lawyers looking for class action suits to line their pockets. The situational humor that drives the plot and the courtroom antics are amusing. However the author has to make one-line jokes about people’s names, companies and places that really get in the way of enjoyment. The one-liners were amusing at first, but by page two they just started to get annoying.
There is a good story in there, but they missed it by a bit.

January 20, 2024

Star Wars: Darth Vader by Greg Pak

Filed under: Science Fiction — Tags: , , — Randolph @ 1:13 pm

This story tells how Darth Vader looks into his past. It is a comic book telling his story from his perspective, he’s the good guy in this one.

It’s an amusing story worth a little time to read. It has good pacing for a comic with good art.

January 16, 2024

Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

Filed under: Mystery — Tags: , — Randolph @ 2:23 pm

This is the first book in a series set in an Irish village, a small setting where everyone knows each other and gossip rules.

A young man is killed and his body found in a bistro belonging to the protagonist, Siobhán O’Sullivan. She is the eldest of six children, their parents had been killed in an auto accident the previous year. Siobhán’s brother James is accused of the murder, Siobán feels compelled to find the true killer.

Through her investigations we meet many of the villagers, each is well-developed and unique. The twists and turns of the mystery make the book. Siobhán is somewhat impulsive and doesn’t think through her actions, getting her caught a few times and reprimanded by the guarda.

The writing is decent, the book got off to a weak start. It seemed that the author needed to tell us what emotions the character is experiencing as the actions did not adequately convey them. However, this changed once the murder took place. The murder scene and the initial guarda investigation were well written.

Throw in some sexual tension between Siobhán and both the investigator, Macdara Flannery, and a mysterious American visitor, Chirs; rampant gossip; a few red herrings; and tie-ins to her parents’ deaths makes for an interesting read.

December 21, 2023

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Filed under: Science Fiction — Tags: , — Randolph @ 5:54 pm

This is my second reading of the book, I wanted to focus more on the flow and some style analysis. More later, my notes are missing…

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