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Sunday, August 2, 2009

2009 Book Reviews #7

The Office of Desire by Martha Moody

This is an interesting story that covers many layers and types of desire and what happens when you give into it and also when you don't. It is set in a small doctor's office that has 5 employees, each with their own desires whether for love, money, faith, happiness, etc. It is interesting how each one deals with the desire and in the end you see the right and the wrong choices. A well written story.

The Broker by John Grisham

I guess I'm taking a little step back in time reading a John Grisham novel that harkens back to the first type novels that he authored. While it was an interesting book, it was also a little confusing to me. It took me a while to understand how the broker was being set up and why. If you like Grisham though, you'll like this one. It's his standard fare, set in a foreign country with just enough suspense to make you think you know where it's going, but maybe not.

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

What a disappointment this book was. It has been a while since I read a Scarpetta novel and I was looking forward to this one, especially since it had touches of Baton Rouge in it. The majority of the book was spent bringing the reader up to date with background information. In fact, as I was getting deeper into the book I started thinking that maybe the book was going to be all peripheral information and that it was setting up for the next novel that would wrap up the serial murder story. I wish I had been right as when I got to less than 25 pages left, I realized that it was going to be a shallow wrap up of the story. It is almost unbelievable that there is so much detail about some things and then basically a "they caught one of the bad guys - the end". It left the "story" open for a continuation but at this point, I really don't care.

Straight Up by Lisa Samson

I enjoyed this book but at the same time was just a little disappointed. I felt like it was too surface at times while I desired to dig a little deeper into the characters. That being said, it wil make you think about your life, the choices you've made and will make and that we need to use all of our time to the fullest.

The Ha-Ha by Dave King

As I was finishing this book, I thought that it really is a depressing story in a lot of ways, but there is so much hope and joy in it too that I didn't come away depressed. The name of the book is derived from a hidden retaining wall and the characters all seem to have this wall in their life in some shape or form. It is interesting watching as the walls fall over and a type of family unit emerges that is full of hope and love for one another. It is a very touching story.

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