If you like Lisa Scottoline, you will like her latest book. Full of action, twists, and turns. And humor. Great job, Lisa.
It has been some time since I read science fiction. A fellow air traveler made the recommendation and I followed up. From the start I found it easy to suspend disbelief because the characters were full of human emotion and thought ... loyalty, fear, distrust, greed. The intensity and focus of those around Ender on destroying the enemy at any cost was disturbing. Yet, their reasoning was sound. There are times, I guess, when children can not be allowed to be children ... when sacrifices must be made ... and when decisions are best made by those other than the ones performing the task. This book prompted much rumination about the morality of the ends justifying the means.
Pride and Prejudice was an unexpected delight. I most appreciated each character who was well formed, and I enjoyed the interaction of the various personalities. Due to its style I had to pay close attention to every word and at times gained understanding through context. There was much humor and wit. Overall, a good read.
This book, though well written, details a depraved subject. I did not enjoy reading the details of men and women behaving in injurious and self-destructive ways. The story revolved around the death of Anne Campbell, the General's daughter. While what happened to Anne earlier at West Point was indeed tragic, her response to it only brought about senseless destruction and did not justify her pre-death actions. The characters were realistic, the plot was well-developed, descriptions were vibrant, and the truth surrounding the death was rolled out at just the right pace. I just did not appreciate the subject matter.
'Liala is happy here in Marie [Pakistan]. But it is not an easy happiness. It is not a happiness without cost.' This, you will understand, after reading the book. It was excellent ... ranking right up there with Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese) and The Help (Kathryn Stockett). The book held my attention from beginning to end, with a storyline that forever twisted and turned. The author's decriptions were magnificent. I am now exposed to Afghanistan from an insider's experience.
An absolutely engaging book. I followed the life of Willy Keith as he matured over the course of three years in the Navy during WWII. I saw into a life that started with self-centeredness and immaturity and developed into self-awareness and maturity. This transformation was presented through Willy's own thoughts, and also through his actions and interactions. I loved the character of captain Queeg and May Win, and near the end I despised Keefer. The book was not all about war time battles, though it included some. It was more about the characters and how each one interacted and responded to the people and things around them given their own personal make-up. I, for one, want to look up the movie from 1954 and watch it with a big bowl of popcorn.
The book kept my attention from beginning to end. Lou Diamond Phillips rendered each character uniquely. The storyline was not canned at all and it did not end as I thought it might.
The book illustrated life in a southern plantation from many perspectives ... using the voice of Lavinia and Belle. It portrayed good and evil in those on both sides of the fence.
The book needed both characters. Both women grew and changed over the course of the book. I cannot choose a favorite.
Papa and Mama.
I appreciated that though dark events occurred, I was not presented with a graphic description of each as is so common in today's literature. I had no problem visualizing all the events of the book, giving credit to the author and her use of words to create word pictures.
Needs a bit more action and a few less new characters.
No. The plot moved too slowly.
I loved development of the characters. A good description of each character, including the humorous side.
This book is right in line with all the Goldy books - a great development of each of the characters. I love Goldy, Marla, Tom, Julian, and Arch. I want to move to Aspen Meadow. Much tongue in cheek description of church characters ... very humorous. But this particular book seemed to move slowly. Another murder along the way would have kept my interest.
Ms Patchett writes very well and creates a believable story between the haves and have-nots. I felt all characters were overly obsessed with opera which felt unnatural.
I enjoyed my first Clive Cussler book. He has an excellent ability to tell a story. By the end I felt that there were too many 'close calls' for one book. Other than that, an excellent book.
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