Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Haunted Ground

I picked up this book awhile ago and just got to reading it.
Well I am a little disappointed. It wasn't what I expected. I'm a person that likes to get the history behind what a story is trying to allude to.

In this case it was about the bogs and bog people from Ireland. Being that my father was an historian and did research of over 800 years of Irish history, I heard a lot about the bog people.

It's fascinating when reading this story about what their beliefs, ideals, and their intentions were when these historians dug up the bogs what was present in the sodden old logs. It gave them info about what tools they used, the system of labor it took to accomplish. And like one of the professor's said in the story it is concrete clues as to what whole society of the bog people, the way of life was like.

I liked how the two main characters Cormac and Nora worked together. She understood how important it was to excavate by hand to find microfossils, insects remains, seeds, plant matter. Anything helps especially when Nora was trying to find out who this person was that they found buried in a bog.
Nora explained to Cormac that she worked in a lab and learn t that
it is very mysterious the way unsaturated fatty acids are replaced by saturated fatty acids with two carbon atoms less. The body's organic compounds aren't broken down in the usual way, but chemically transformed.
All this is taken in account. Who is this person, what happened to them? A modern CSI back in time.

Haunted Ground was very slow reading in about half the book. But found it to pick up toward the end. That's when strange things started to happen for Cormac and Nora. They started to put things together. They found out who and why innocent people were missing. The story took on a life. Sadly I had to wait.

I myself did not know what was happening. There was a twist. The ending of story was good. After answers were found out the body in the bog started to change. The cell walls had begun to break down at a fast rate. Opening to spread of invading mold and bacteria that would gradually transform the body. As it did to all living and dead things.

This is the interesting part of who and what these bog people were. Not scary, but what about the bog, the ground itself? Hmm...

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Strange Blood

This is a book and author that is new to me. It is the second book in series. But it isn't a book that should be read after the 1st. The main character is Megan Rhys.
I like her. She is a woman that seems to know what she is doing, confident in her work. Shame the men around her life doesn't think so.

It wasn't a blood and guts book. The horror in it was what the murderer did to the victims. I actually didn't want to look for who did it.

Although I never thought who did it was the one. I actually thought the person should of been someone more creative. But I guess it wouldn't of worked out as good.

Something I forgot to add the 1st time. I noticed reading this book that the author at times would go right into a another subject where I got confused . I thought I was still reading one thing but I wasn't. It was a little hard to follow. But it just happened a few times though.

I intend to read the 1st book called Frozen. I do have a soft spot for the characters, Megan and others around her.

This book is on it's way now to NY and is a Bookcrossing book.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Darkly Dreaming Dexter


I read this book for one of my book groups. A nice book for the time of season. I seen some of the shows of Dexter and I just wanted to read more on him. He is a different sort of chap. Loves the idea that his Dark Passenger wants to get rid of the bad things in life. Never knowing what the history of himself was, it was hard for Dexter to understand why he was doing what he did. But with the guidance of his adoptive dad his actions were put in focus. His he a monster?

Dexter is a blood specialist. An ideal career choice for his Dark Passenger. We all have dreams Dex says. Does his actions count in sleep? Weren't we all crazy in our sleep? What was sleep a process that we dump our insanity into a dark subconscious pit and come out on the other side ready to eat cereal instead of the neighbor's children?
Who can argue with that LOL!

Characters that I liked the most were Dexter of course. His girlfriend Rita. Even though she had problems of her own there was some kind of connection that the two of them had. Some of the cops at the prescient that Dexter worked at, I even like a tidbit of, Doakes the Sgt that got on Dex's nerves.
His sister Deb was ok but at times I couldn't stand her. For a cop she was very sloppy in her work. Made her look like a cop that shouldn't be.
I liked his adoptive father, Harry, he understood Dex, he tried to keep him focused on what the importance of who to be a monster to.
The most hated character was LaGuerta. She was a ignorant person and a cop that thought she was too good for what she did.

I thought the ending was a surprise. But I thought it to be a bit on the light side. I thought the police work was written sloppy. It made the Miami police look like they were rookies.

I said before I watched some of the shows for Dexter. They are based on Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Alot of what is in the show is put in and not true to the book. Sadly this is done quite a bit. Did that make me enjoy Darkly Dreaming Dexter less? No it did not. I still would like to read the two books that follow. How can I not read more on this lovable monster. LOL!

This is a bookcrossing book. And I am sending it on it's way to NJ as a surprise

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Friday, September 28, 2007

C is for Corspe

Every now and than I like to read a cozy. And I started reading the Alphabet mysteries (what I call them) a while ago and I took a liking to them.

My thoughts on this book are not as good as I would like them. First it was slow reading from the start but when it got to the 100th page it started to pick up.
Kinsey was not as active as she usually is. It was on the mild side. I like the idea that she did fess up to that as a child she used to go snooping. And this activity carried into her detective work. Good thing, it helped her.

This is the 1st time I actually read a detective book that the detective lost her client. Although Kinsey did a wonderful job finding out what she had to.


I will continue to read the rest of the ABC's and hope they get better. This is a bookcrossing book and I am sending on to Ohio next.

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"A" is for Alibi (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) by Sue Grafton
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"D" is for Deadbeat (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) by Sue Grafton
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"E" is for Evidence (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) by Sue Grafton

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pawleys Island


This is the first time to read any of Dorothea Benton Frank's books. And I found that I liked this book a lot. It is funny while being sincere of the people being so helpful and loving, finding a peaceful path to live by with friends that have things in common.

My favorite characters are Abigail, Huey, and Miss Olivia. Miss Olivia is awesome. I hope I'm that aware of my surroundings and up on current affairs when I'm that age.
The one thing I couldn't stand in this book was the author using the word y'all so many times. I know it's a southern style book but even the southerners don't use ya'll that much.

Why does everybody like Pawleys Island? "The island was a place where you figured things out, made sense of your life and learned to live with yourself, forgive yourself. All the while humbled by it's astonishing power and beauty". You just need some time on Pawleys to find the truth of your own heart and to be grateful again for your life.

My funniest part of the story was how Huey loved his Coca Cola LOL! A guy after my own heart :D

It is a blessing to have friends and a place to go to that you know will accept you with open arms for yourself.


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I'll be looking forward to reading more of Frank.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Bel Canto



I don't have any favorite characters from this book. They were equally good. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Roxanne Coss. She was an American and came to this party that they had and did her job. What she found was that she learnt a lot about herself
that she would of never guessed of herself.



My thoughts on Bel Canto are very simple really.
A beautiful story, a love story of all kinds. The story is compared to the Stockholm Syndrome, In this day it is hard to see people relate in a gentle way to captors (bad guy). But the way the story is told one wishes it was that simple to love of a different kind, to be isolated from the harsh world, to live in a world without hate.
One can only try and make a better world for the future.

To make the world a bit more tolerable to live in
and have it mesh together.





The story is slow. At the 100th page it starts to pick up but quickly stands still. I was glad when I got to the end to finally see the characters do something different.


A shame that the ending wasn't so good. To read such a lovely story and to have the ending aburtly end sloppy I thought was pretty bad.
It was like a good movie using all the good moves and story lines to find it not knowing where to go but down hill.





That was the only cons I had for Bel Canto. I would recommend this book. And I am giving the author, Ann Patchett another chance by reading another book of hers called The Magician Assistant. This will be going on my wishlist.




Bel Canto is a bookcrossing book. And it will be making it's way to Canada.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

To all who tried to comment on Dead Until Dark

I know some people have been trying to comment on my post for Dead Until Dark.

I did some re-creating and made another post. And now it seems to have the comment button. I also copied your comments with links back to your blog to the new post from The Granny post.

Thank you for commenting and looking at my blog. I really do appreciate it :)

Dead Until Dark




I heard so much good news about these books. When I won this title in a swap I was glad it was the first book. I didn't know how I was going to like it but as I got into the book, I thought this isn't bad. I like it.
Who knew that I was going to read something different about vampires. Especially some people accepting them as just another person. Crazy, LOL!
Anyways my favorite characters are Sookie, of course, Sam, and who can forget about Sookie's grandmother :D I don't care for Bill "the vampire" too much. That might change later.
I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
This is a bookcrossing book and I don't know where it's going to go yet.
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Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 5) by Charlaine Harris
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Granny




The Granny

Author: Brendan O' Carroll

This was a good book to finish the trilogy. It was sweet how all came together. And see how Agnes' children came together in rough times and supported one another even though it was tough at times to like their family members.

I hated to see the story end. I enjoyed how Agnes dealt with her life. And found love in a Frenchman named Pierre.

What are some things I noticed in book? There was a part of the story that focused on one of Agnes' children, Dermot. Even though the book was about Agnes and her children, grandchildren there is a part like the 2nd book that tells the story of one of her children more.

It is hard to say anything about The Granny without giving away the best of the trilogy. I am glad to see how all Agnes' children did find that best path for them to follow. A happy ending for all.

Being Irish myself I remember being part of a family that was that close and children were the answer.

I certainly recommend this trilogy to read. A very heart warmly, light read for everybody. I also recommend to read "The Young Wan". It fills gaps where you might have questions about Agnes, Redster (husband), and Marion, Agnes' (bff!) It was written after the trilogy.

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This book is a bookcrossing book and I am releasing it when I go to the convention in South Carolina. Hope others will find it enjoyable too.