Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reading Log for October, 2011

Only three this month, and all fiction.  What can I say, my brain was busy and reading was recreational this month!

64. The Pirate King: A Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mystery – 2.5 – Laurie R. King. I can honestly say that I was soooo disappointed in this book. I have been waiting a YEAR for the next book, and then this nonsense. Besides being implausible (okay, they are all implausible, but this was silly, too) there were way too many characters to keep track of, and it was just plain dull. I usually read these books in less than 48 hours. This one took almost two weeks. I would literally fall asleep reading. Holmes doesn’t even show up until the middle of the book, and the best part of the books is the interaction between Russell and Holmes. Oh well, better luck next year.

65. The New Year – 4- Pearl S. Buck – an oft-told tale, but maybe Buck told it first – American soldier fathers child while serving in Korea and then returns to his life in the USA. All is peachy, until twelve years later, when he gets a letter from the child. I love Buck, anyway, but what I really liked was the twist in this – the story is not told from the father’s point of view – it is from his American wife’s. She is the one who goes to Korea for the boy. Opposite of Miss Saigon. Anyway, all wraps up a little too neatly in the end, but still a very good story about what it was like for these children in Korea after the war.

66. The Help – 4.25 – Kathryn Stockett – I tried to read this when it first came out, and only got about 50 pages into it. Since the movie, and since everyone else seems to love it, I decided to try again. It was very fast-paced and interesting, but the characters never really grabbed me. Still, it kept my attention.

1 comment:

  1. Hiya! I read 3 too. Odd Women by George Gissing, Summer by Edith Wharton and Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I think you would like Odd Women and definitely Far From The Madding Crowd.

    I have the new Mary Russell book but haven't been able to touch it. I have The Help but now that it has been a movie I've lost complete interest in it. Will and I are reading, "When My Name Was Keoko" by Linda Sue Parks. It is a very good book about Koreans living under Japanese rule in WWII. If you're studying WWII with your chaps, this one may be a good one for you. It is narrated by a 10 year old girl and a 13 year old boy.

    I think I'll ask Will to do a post for my blog. He always has an interesting take on books.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


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