Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fives and Twenty Fives, Michael Pitre

This book is destined to become the quintessential novel about the Iraq war, in much the same way as Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” has become the go-to book about the Viet Nam war experience. Each character is unique … Continue reading

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The Killer Angels, Shaara, Michael

A friend told me that the best Civil War novel ever written was Killer Angels. After reading it, I totally agree. The novel is expertly read by Stephen Hoye. It is well written and informative without ever being tedious. The … Continue reading

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Fin and Lady, Cathleen Schine

This book was a most pleasant surprise. It was a good read with characters that seemed real and alive. First we have Fin. He is an intuitive, charming young man. At age 11, an orphan after his mother’s death, he … Continue reading

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Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood

I have enjoyed the author’s work in the past, but this book of short stories, not so much. The first three of the nine stories, Alphinland, Revenant and Dark Lady, were connected with common characters. All of the stories contained … Continue reading

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Madame Picasso, Anne Girard

Although I have read several of the books published about the mistresses and wives of famous people, and enjoyed the crafted development of their characters, this one simply did not connect with me, for some reason. It wasn’t that the … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown

If you think a non-fiction book about rowing, will be boring, think again. Written and read exceptionally well, this is a compelling true tale. The history of boat building, rowing and shells, heroism and hardship makes for a brilliant reading … Continue reading

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The Arsonist, Sue Miller

I hate to be a curmudgeon, but boy, was this book a disappointment. The characters were shallow and some seemed totally pointless. The plot was disjointed with themes that had nothing to do with the arson investigation I thought that … Continue reading

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