Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

Just finished this book a day or two ago. Another good book by Alexander McCall Smith.
 I was a little disappointed in the story. I thought it a bit weak. I thought that Mma Ramotswe would have gotten a juicy case. But still a sweet case she had.
And who played a big part of the book was Mma Makutsi. Not only did she run the Speedy Motors office with precision she also started her own typing school just to make ends meet. She also thought she found love. But there will be a next time for her. I'm hoping.
Her character is annoying at times but she does have personality. This other detective agency that moved in just didn't quite make it with the fearless No.1 Ladies Detective Agency!

I give The Kalahari Typing School For Men 3 
just because since it is the 4th book it was light. What's up with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni? Come on J.L.B. when are you two gonna marry?

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Seven Songs of Merlin

The second book of Merlin in the series. Pretty good read but was disappointed that Merlin didn't grow up the way he should. He knew he had something special about him and he had a responsibility to do. Sad to read that he fell short for that. New characters were introduced as well as the old. Emery's,(Merlin) mother was a big part of this book. Learning these seven songs were needed because of her. Seven Songs not literally, but what it means inside a song

At the end we find a wizard's staff that has the symbols blazed on it of all that was learnt of the songs. Merlin, I believe had a grown up moment, of it wasn't what he could do himself. Is what he could do for the Fincayarns. The people that he will protect in years to come.

I gave The Seven Songs of Merlin 4 

Just because I thought Merlin would have not played his little boy games with little boy tantrums.I still liked the story though.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010


This was my first Western that I ever read. Never read Appaloosa. But I did see the movie and thought I would like to follow these characters. So I did.

Resolution wasn't as good as Appaloosa. It lacked the true grit that usually a Western has. I thought there was going to be more killing in it. I believe though why not much killing is the way Cole, and Hitch were written. They are soft,spoken men who don't need to be killing to get their point across. There is an intelligence to them both.But don't cross them and let them go about their business, or else.

I like how Resolution was about Hitch since he went off on his own. But you know he wasn't going to be alone for long without his friend Cole.
The town Resolution was an unfinished town but soon be built after Cole and Hitch blazed a path for it.
My favorite line "I'm with Hitch" everytime someone asked about Cole.

I found it surprising that the author Parker, writes in short dialogue with modern words. Threw me off there for a bit but was accepted quickly. I'm thinking that's so good about it.

I give Resolution 3 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Red Hat Club

I picked this book to read because my daughter was telling me about 2 older women that was staying in the hotel that she works at. The women were these women that like the arts, history, etc... and couldn't believe that my daughter wasn't enthusiastic as they. As she was telling me the story I thought of this book to read.

I really wasn't too impressed with it. It was more like The First Wives Club. That was fine but when the characters thought that all of  them should think about their relationships with husbands and try "new" things, I thought that it a tad bit much of the fooling around.

I liked how the friends met and their stories behind them, I believe that was the core of the story.
At the end they believe that they are strong and will always have each other. Everyone should have friends as close as the women with the Red Hats.

I give The Red Hat Club 4 

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Seven Up

I started reading about Stephanie Plum again when I heard there was going to be a movie. Certainly, One For the Money was a fabulous book, but Seven Up was just as good.

People said that Hot Six was one of the best. I can say that this novel wants me to know more of what's coming. It's leaving me with the question did Stephanie sleep with Ranger? I know Ranger was back to collect. LOL!
I must say Seven Up had everything that you found in #1. Grandma was as funny as she always is. Stephanie's mom is funny, things that she normally wouldn't do she surprises everyone, and what would Stephanie's life be without Joe.

I still laugh at how Stephanie seems to find trouble. And she without a gun and mostly without her bounty hunter stuff. This case was a hard one. One old man just wouldn't give up, a wife out for revenge, and a love affair with a guy she thinks she wants to marry.

I totally enjoyed this book and will be reading the next pretty soon.
As always I give Stephanie Plum, Seven Up 5 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rainbow's End

I'm not much of a science fiction reader,so when I was browsing in the bargain books section at B&N, I was surprised to see this book. While I was reading the back of the book I read of the main character, Robert Gu and how he was cured of Alzheimer's he was a success story. The story hits close to home for me. My father died of Alzheimer's. How marvelous it would be if my dad lived in a world that the future was so hi tech that he could be a success story himself.

I researched farther that this story wasn't one of Vinge's #1 novels that was enjoyed.
The story was confusing with some kind of symbolism, a rabbit, does all this stuff to make Robert do what he wants. Basically I got out of it the intrigue, that the horror of having books digitalized and destroying libraries will be better for mankind. Sort of like clean up the clutter.
There was some kind of battle with robots. The story that I liked is about Robert getting used to his new self and the fight for keeping libraries. My thoughts on having things all computerized is that I like privacy. I don't think I would want people to be able to come in my thoughts.

Nice touch to keep the seniors active and not see them just wither away like at times they do now

I give Rainbow's End 3 
just because it was confusing and I did skip a couple of chapters.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Lost Years of Merlin

I don't read much of teen, children books. I happened to come across this one. I am intrigued with Merlin. So mysterious.
I like how the story was told simply. By the end of the story you knew how Merlin came to get his name, you were rooting for him to do well. And even all the characters that he met had meaning.

There was a place in the story that had Merlin staying inside a tree. And the farther he went the more he smelt a smell of books. Books were everywhere, hundreds of volumes of books.
A book person that I am myself I thought it funny.

The Lost Years of Merlin was a smooth read. And I give The Lost Years of Merlin 5

I am looking forward to reading Bk 2 The Seven Songs of Merlin

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

My Dream of You

This book was my least of my favorites. I like the concept of the story. Very interesting that a writer would want to dive into another aspect of writing and write on a mystery that was shaded to begin with.

But how the main character, Kathleen conducted herself I felt uneasy about. It's like she was pimping herself out. I get it that it had something to do with her childhood. But than again we all try not to be our parents. I can see how she related to the story of the Talbots. I'm glad to see that she learnt from this. And found that she does have friends that actually do care about her.

I felt the book slow and frustrating reading about the same thing happening to Kathleen. Not until the end did I find some juicy details that I wanted to read and want to finish the book.

I give My Dream of You 4 

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Hundred Secret Senses

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this story. It was confusing at first with the story of the present to the stories of the past. But as I read on the story got more interesting.

I was reminded of how the Chinese people do believe of the afterlife. Of becoming someone else, reborn. Something was said about their way of expressing true love.

Question that was brought up if you knew if you were going to die, what would you change?
Something that Olivia, and Kwan were learning and teaching each other

I love how the relationship between Libby-ah and Kwan grew or was reborn ed. Sisters in every way. Libby-ah learnt her history. As she puts a hand over a soft cover journal of a life with Kwan. "Why can't they make books like this today?"

I do believe the reason of this story is not because Kwan had yin eyes, but believing love never dies. If someone we love dies, they are just lost with ordinary senses. But are found with our hundred senses. This is the secret.
And this is exactly how I feel.

I give The Hundred Secret Senses 5 

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Club Dead

Just finished another Sookie Stackhouse book. It was a pretty good one. I like that finally Sookie gets away from Bill. And just being with Alcide knowing that he is warmer than Bill makes it for an interesting love affair

What's up with Sookie and Eric? Hmm...

It wasn't my favorite of the stories but certainly a refreshing view of the little Miss Sookie

I give Club Dead 4 

just because it gave me a happy feeling to see Sookie interact with others than Bill

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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Wenesday Sisters

I liked the book. I liked the idea that these women were friends but like sisters. Makes me wish that I had what they do. To have someone to share your life with (besides your husband) It was interesting to read how these girls got together and did what they did in the time of year when it was Beatlemania, John F. Kennedy was running for president, Martin Luther King was released from jail with Bobby Kennedy's help. With other things happening.And women were seen but not heard.

I am part of a reading group. And much like The Wednesday Sisters support and critique if asked anything we do in reading and writing.
I dabble in writing. Not very serious about it but it gives me a way to get out what and how I think in story form. I don't think you need a book deal to make it worth while. I believe as time goes by if we just don't give up on writing it is good for our soul and we do get better at it.
It makes me feel better and feel good about myself to even write. Times when reading back the writing you can find yourself. Understand your life for when writing is when something is happening and feeling at the time in your life.

What I think keeps these sisters friendships going, even in the messy of times is how they relate to each other. Everyone had a similar problem. They were on the same level and they thought what if it was me?
Another part is the book touches women empowerment. That gave the sisters something to stand up for,feel for. A man's world but women just as capable to do anything. Women have a voice just the same.

I give The Wednesday Sisters 4

I felt it a bit slow.
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