If you like Lisa Scottoline, you will like her latest book. Full of action, twists, and turns. And humor. Great job, Lisa.
Death on a high floor is a legal thriller. The crime is introduced at the front of the book with the balance used to unfold the story line. Clues are illuminated at a good pace and my interest was held. The courtroom drama is engaging, and balanced with plenty of activity outside the courtroom. Interactions within a law firm, dealings relating to rare coins, and media behavior seem accurately described and are at times humorous. The characters are interesting but do lack depth. The audiobook rendition was excellent, with the narrator breathing personality into each of the characters. This book was a fast-read and I enjoyed it.
The book is offered as a historical 'thriller', and that is exactly how it reads. The entire book spans events of a few short weeks, yet the authors manage to breathe life into the events, the environment, and the characters of the time. I feel I know the persons of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee better than before I read the book. Even Daniel Boone and General Custer are mentioned, though there is no commentary on Jefferson Davis nor much on the politics leading to the Civil war. Critics point out discrepancies in the details, but I find these to be relatively minor. This is an engaging recounting of the Lincoln assassination and I found it to be informative and interesting.
This is my third Orson Scott Card book, having read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. I hadn't meant to read the final book in the series before having read Xenocide, but I was able to fill in the blanks through reference. As in previous books, Card masterfully tells a story that expands my thinking. It includes characters with differing viewpoints, capabilities, histories, and agendas who face personal and community threats. The drawback is the number of soap-opera-like love stories that composed the main focus of the book. The book ends on a positive note, with the main characters looking toward the future with hope. I'm glad to have read this, though I enjoyed the first two books the most in the series.
This sequel to Enders Game is like Enders Game, but not like Enders Game. Ender leaves his sister Valentine and finds his way to the distant human colony of Lusitania. My brain was exercised as I worked to form an understanding of the indigenous culture of Lusitania (piggies) from my own knowledge base and culture. The piggies turned out to be totally foreign in their method of reproduction, communication, and government. Yet, still, they had a thirst for knowledge, intelligence, and a desire to integrate human things into their lives. Their evolution was to continue, only now woven with the things of the humans. A good book for stretching my mind beyond my current conceptions
This book is extremely clever. It is a romantic comedy written in the first person of someone with Asperger's ... who doesn't know he has Asperger's. Don Tillman designs a plan to find a wife through the 'Wife Project', gets sidetracked by the 'Father Project', and in the end finds love in the 'Rosie Project". The book is downright laughable in many parts. The drawback for me is the constant monotonous tone of the book, which fits right in with the Asperger theme. But I found it irritating after the second chapter. If the tone doesn't bother you, you will thoroughly enjoy the book.
Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.
I was intrigued by this short story, never having read it before. It seemed quite dense in that a lot happened in a very short time. Dickens skillfully developed his characters and developed the story through their interaction. I did not anticipate the outcome, and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this novella and would recommend it to all Dickens lovers.
This was my first Louise Penny book. Because it was my first book featuring inspector Armand Gamache, it took me a while to understand who the main characters were. While the author injected humor at points, I found the plot to be overly laden with characters such that I lost track of who was who, and the clues leading up to the exposure of the criminal were muted and confusing, even upon retrospection. Perhaps the book would be enjoyed by someone who was familiar with the series, but I found it problematic to even read through to the end.
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.
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