Monday, May 30, 2005

#26 -- Heartstone by Phillip Margolin

I have not been reading as much as I would like to as I have been doing a lot of new things at work and I have been doing a lot around the house. However, the three day Memorial Day weekend saw me reading the first book in New York Times Bestselling novelist Phillip Margolin bibliography.

All of his books seem to be promoted by saying that Margolin isthe writer of "Gone, But Not Forgotten." That is his third book and I will eventually read it as I really enjoyed this first book (Heartstone) by Margolin.

I will say that I can see why he didn't reach national prominince with this book but it is a good mystery read nonetheless.

I will be reading a lot of other books this summer as I anticipate the new Harry Potter book and the new Nick Hornby book.

This should be a tremendous summer of good reads.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Book #25 -- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

This is the book that Dan Brown wrote right before The DaVinci COde.

It is much better than the DaVinci Cde adn a pleasant distraction for when I needed it.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Book 9: Teammates

I just finished a short book by David Halberstam, Teammates.

Like many books, I am not sure what I expected from it, but I left it wanting a little more than it had to give. The book chronicles the lives of four players, Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr from their playing days on the Boston Red Sox in the late '30s until 2002. Those four players (2 of which are in the Baseball Hall of Fame) essentially grew up in Baseball together and remained friends throughout their lives. In 2002 Ted Williams was dying and Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky made one last road trip to visit their friend.

It was a fascinating look back into a time and an era that may never exist again. These are four men that grew up during the depression, served our country (WWII and for Ted Williams Korea as well), and played America's sport.

If you are a fan of baseball, you'll like this book. If not, you may find it interesting, but I think it lacks something to hold you non baseball fans.....

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Book 24 - Two Dollar Bill by Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is another one of those prolific mystery writers out there.

He doesn't write nearly as many books as James Patterson, but he still manages to put out at least two a year.

His most popular character is a fella named Stone Barrington who always seems to get laid and solve crime while fighting people who want to kill him and the CIA. They are pretty simple reads but I enjoy them nonetheless.

His latest book Two Dollar Bill qualifies as one of those books that is a simple read and a good read.

Stone gets the girl(s) and is still somehow able to save the world from a southern bad ass prick. Good job Stone.

I also used to do some political campaigns for a living. His novels featuring another one of his characters named Will Lee are neat and insightful into the ways campaigns are run and still manage to weave a mystery whodunit into the plot.

Check out www.stuartwoods.com for more information. I recommend Grass Roots and The Run.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, had been recommended to me by the Amazon recommendations wizard for a while now. But, something about following an autistic child investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog did not intrigue me all that much. I mean really, how does that sound to you? But, it is a Whitbread award winner, so there had to be something there....

Recently, I found myself sans book and too much time to kill so I bought it on a whim. The timing was a little odd, because I just finished reading this article, which talks about an autistic woman and her work with animals. In particular, how she redesigned slaughterhouses to make them more "animal friendly." I know, I know, it seems a little odd, but what it boils down to is that autistic people see the world differently than most of us, they see the little things that we never recognize, and many animals view the world in a similar way.

Those differences could not have been highlighted any better than in Curious Incident. I had heard someone with autism recently interviewed on NPR (probably by Terry Gross), and they indicated
this book was the most accurate they had read of what its like to be autistic. The book is truly fascinating and eye opening.

Read it.

While I decide what to read next, I have been working through, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott and Getting Things Done by David Allen.



Friday, May 06, 2005

Book 23 - Maximum Ride by James Patterson

The world's most prolific writer put out another book about three weeks ago. It is easy to call him that since his last book before that was released on February 14th and his latest book was released on Monday. That's three books in a 2 1/2 month span. I would call that prolific.

I will give him some credit though as I don't think he really writes these books. Almost every single one of the books is done with a co-author. Pretty smart...

This time around though, he wrote a book aimed at the "young adult" audience. He took some of his old characters 98% human and 2% bird characters and made them into more likable characters. He dumbed down his writing a bit.

The result is a book entitled Maximum Ride -- The Angel Experiment.

Even if you are a James Patterson fan... I really suggest skipping this book. It is an extremely laborious read and takes the fun out of being a kid.

Besides... there were too many dead people...for a kid's book.