Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Autumn Reads & Reviews

I decided to keep a log of the books I read from quarter to quarter, to be reviewed and posted by the 15th of each following month. Why? I don’t know. It just seemed like something to do. Some of these titles I find online, some in bookstores, and some at flea markets/garage sales. Some are stupid little reads designed for ESL programs, others are mainstream bestsellers, and still others are bona fide classics. I’ll pretty much read anything that peaks my interest upon first site.

Now, autumn is always a busy time for me, and that includes reading. So, I don’t know if I’ll be posting this type of quantity each quarter (I have yet to read a book since the holidays), but nonetheless…

Nellie P’s Autumn (Oct/Nov/Dec) 2007 Reads & Reviews:

• Act of Treason; Vince Flynn (Loved it)
• Dead Cold; Sue Leather (Garbage, but I didn’t know so until I was well into it.)
• Ill Wind; Nevada Barr (Another strong title from an ingenious serial storyteller.)
• Jennifer Government; Max Barry (Pretty good, funny, but trite at times.)
• Lions of Lucerne; Brad Thor (Thor’s best? Perhaps better than his actual talent.)
• Meet Me in Istanbul; Richard Chisolm (I loved this simple little story; good fun for the open-minded reader.)
• Officially Dead; Richard Prescott (Good read, in my opinion.)
• Past Mortem; Ben Elton (Excellent. I like this guy's tempo.)
• The Black Cat; John Milne (I loved this simple little story; good fun.)
• The Sigma Protocol; Robert Ludlum (As good as the Bourne serial; captivating.)
• White Noise; James Ellroy (Good story; I don’t like Ellroy’s cheeky descriptive style.)
• Anna Karenina; Leo Tolstoy (Vastly overrated, even for it's time. It think "shock value" contributed to its lore.)
• L.A. Confidential; James Ellroy (Ellroy tries to be too hip with his narrative.)
• Path of the Assassin; Ben Elton (Entertaining story but terribly cliché.)
• Playing for Pizza; John Grisham (Fun and inviting if not simple.)
• Portuguese Irregular Verbs; Alexander McCall Smith (Rather listless.)
• Protect and Defend; Vince Flynn (Drags a bit here and there, but it’s nice to see Mitch back in action.)
• The Old Man and the Sea; Ernest Hemingway (Halfway through this book, I thought, Overrated! By the end, I got it. What a beautiful, sublime story of chivalry and self-realization. Hemingway was a god, plain and simple.)
• The Scarlet Letter; Nathaniel Hawthorne (Remarkably taut for “America’s first novel.”)

Also, another installment from the Dumb-Ass Quotes Vault:

"I want all the kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I want all the kids to copulate me."
- Former Chicago Cub Andre Dawson, when asked about being a role model

Until next time...

Peace & Luv



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