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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

2008 Book Reviews - #6

Ready to Fall by Claire Cook

Don't bother reading this book. I like the premise of a book written around written correspondence only - whether it's letters, e-mails, IM's, etc. I seldom like the story that goes along with the premise though. This one is not an exception. The main character is going through a mid-life crisis of sorts and sets her sights on her soon to be divorced neighbor. The only interesting part is when she goes off to "Special Delivery" camp to discover herself. The stories about what happens while there are entertaining. But I never liked any of the characters in the book - all too self absorbed and boring.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This one was not exactly what I expected. I thought thee would be more about what happened in Alaska that resulted in Mr. McCandless' death. While that is covered some, the main story is about his travels before Alaska. There are also stories of other people with a vagabond heart and speculation on how the lives were similar. Mr. Krakauer is a journalist for a magazine and his books are a little dry and straightforward. But overall it is an interesting story.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

What happens when you leave a group of people together in a large house with terrorist (who are almost pacifist) for a long period of time? In this book you see how the people adapt to the small, slowed down world and each other. The things that become important to them, how they spend their time, what they are thinking and how they interact are all part of the story. This book is very well written and interesting. When I read the book, the epilogue seemed a little disjointed from the story. I wondered how they got to that point from the story that was told. But after reflecting on it, it makes more sense to me and I'm beginning to like even that. Good read even for those of us who aren't into the opera.

The Shack by William P. Young

I view this book as a parable of sorts. A story of a man who in the midst of his grieving is invited to spend a weekend with the Godhead. The trinity is presented in unconventional physical ways which took a little getting use to, but that was ok. There are several things I like about the book and how it presents God, but on the other hand, there are several things that I just can't buy into. I kept reminding myself that it is a work of fiction and not inspired by God. But one of the problems I had was that even though I know that, it is still a book that portrays God and His characteristics and at times in ways that I don't think are supported by scripture. I know there are others who think this is one of the greatest books of all times. I personally was disappointed.

One Mississippi by Mark Childress

This was one of my ArcTrainer books. I try to find something that is interesting, but not too deep to read while I'm burning calories. This book fit the bill for a while. It is a dark comedy that becomes more dark than I thought it would before the end. This is a thoroughly entertaining read though. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked! I really enjoyed the Christian musical and the trip to the Sonny and Cher concert. Along the way discrimination, teen angst, and family relations are all addressed. Well written and much enjoyed!

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