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The Empty Chair, by Jeffery Deaver

Cover ImageFinished 11-12-08, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2000

“You have movement of one lumbrical- the ring finger of your left hand- and good shoulder and neck muscle control.  You could lose some or all of that.  And lose your ability to breathe spontaneously.”  -Chapter 2

Lincoln Rhymes and Amelia Sachs are back in book three of this popular series.

Lincoln is in North Carolina for a risky spinal cord surgery and he’s brought Amelia and his aide, Thom, with him.  Lincoln is hoping for any small improvement and Amelia is discouraging him from taking the risk.  The local sheriff, a cousin of a NY friend, asks Lincoln to help with a kidnapping case in the few days he has before he goes under the knife.  Garrett, Insect Boy to locals, has kidnapped two girls and Lincoln and Amelia work with local authorities to track him down.  Once in jail, Amelia is drawn to Garrett’s vulnerability and becomes convinced of his innocence.  She makes a decision that will change her life forever and pit her against Lincoln.

I cannot say enough good things about this series and this one was a nice change of pace.  It focused more on the relationship between Lincoln and Amelia and the southern locale offered a colorful backdrop to the story.  That said, this was my least favorite of the three so far.  There were too many people involved in excessive twists and turns.  I still recommend, but start with the first one, The Bone Collector.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Jumbled Bestsellers Quiz

Kathy and Aidan got 2 each :)  Thanks for playing!

Here’s how to play…Identify the title and author. Leave a comment with the # and the answer and I’ll cross it off the list. No Googling, that’s cheating and no fun! If you know them all, please don’t guess every one, maybe five max?

THESE ARE THE TOP TEN BESTSELLERS FROM 10 YEARS AGO

1. A AMN NI LULF  by mot wefol A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe – Kathy

2. RROMRI MEGIA by eedilanl leseet  Mirror Image by Danielle Steele – Janet

3. HWNE ETH DINW WSBLO by sjmesa teptesoan When the Wind Blows by James Patterson

4. LAL GRUTHOH HET INTHG by ymar gigsinh carkAll Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark – Don

5. GAB FO NOBSE by petshne gink Bag of Bones by Stephen King - Aidan

6. HET RAMPVIE MAADRN by nena crie The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice

7. TEH ATHP FO GAGDRES by borrte dranjo The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan - Aidan

8. HTE SWINDOOPOO IBLEB by brabraa singrolkve The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

9. BORNIWA XSI by otm cancly Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy - Jason

10. CLOWEEM OT ETH RODWL, YABB RILG by ninefa glagf Welcome to the World, Baby Girl - Kathy

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Quizzes | , , | 7 Comments

The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson

Cover ImageFinished 11-9-08, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2008

“I wanted to cry but my tear ducts had been burned shut.”    -Chapter 2

The narrator of this goth-like tale is a drugged out pornography star who wrecks his car and ends up in the burn unit with severe burns covering his entire body.  When he becomes stuck in the hospital, constant  surgeries and treatments force him to see that he had no real friends before the crash that took his beautiful body from him forever.  He vows to get out of the hospital so he can commit suicide.  Then he meets Marianne, who becomes his friend and protector and she promises him that they have known and loved each other for 700 years.

The graphic burn details turn into a beautiful and confusing love story full of suspicion and obsession.  The enigmatic Marianne opens the narrator’s mind and heart to past experiences and present delusions.  Marianne takes him in and goes about carving out the last of her gargoyles, so that she can give away her last heart.  Is she crazy or is she telling the truth?

When the narrator goes cold turkey in vanquishing his morphine addiction he moves into the many realms of Hell, which anyone who is familiar with Dante’s The Inferno will appreciate.

“Seeing the look of revulsion on my face, Francesco said, ‘None are here by accident.  Hell is a choice because salvation is available to anyone who seeks it.  The damned choose their fates, by deliberately hardening their hearts.’

I couldn’t agree.  ‘No one would choose to be damned.’

Francesco shook his head.  ‘But it is so easy not to be.’”   -Chapter 29

I had read so many reviews of this book that my expectations were high.  I was not disappointed, but I can’t say I completely fell in love with it either.  It is perhaps the most original story and original voice that I’ve read.  Considering this is Davidson’s debut novel, I am impressed.  But the wandering style of moving between centuries and stories was somewhat distracting to me.  I also thought sometimes it was unnecessarily descriptive.  But, that does not take away from the beauty and freshness of the book.  If you get bored by reading the same old thing or are always looking for the next big thing-this is the book for you.

November 9, 2008 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jane Eyre, 1996 movie

Jane EyreJane Eyre has always been one of my favorite books.  I think it may have been the first classic I read by choice.  I love the independent Jane Eyre and the mysterious Edward Rochester and the spookiness of Thornfield.  About 5 years ago they opened the musical on Broadway and I loved it.  The music and cast were wonderful.  I think I actually preferred the casting of the Broadway musical to that of this movie.

Anna Paquin plays young Jane Eyre who is orphaned, rejected by her aunt, and mistreated at the school for girls she is sent to live.  After she is old enough she accepts the position of governess at Thornfield and is immediately drawn in by the manor, her ward, Adele, and the master of the house, Edward Rochester.  Edward makes Jane jealous by bringing home a girlfriend, Blanche played by Elle McPhearson.  Jane doesn’t want to believe that Edward loves her and when she does she is crushed by betrayal.

I like the setting of Thornfield in the movie.  It is real and eerie.  William Hurt is Edward Rochester and Charlotte Gainsbourg is Jane Eyre.  They are both adequate, but not great.  I do not think that William Hurt captured the brooding Mr. Rochester.  Although the movie hits the major plot points of the book I think it neglected to show how Jane and Edward fell in love which is the whole point of the book!

This is the first movie adaptation of the book I’ve watched and cannot recommend it.  It does make me curious to check out the other adaptations and see if they did it better.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | movies | , , , | 5 Comments

Ohio Polls

I returned home from working at the polls 30 minutes ago in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  Because of early voting and absentee ballots turnout was fairly light.  I see that they have just called Ohio for Barack Obama.

We did not have any problems today.  Because of the light turnout things ran smoothly and s-l-o-w-l-y.  I really needed a nap, but now I will drink my glass of wine and watch the rest of the returns.

I hope you all participated in this momentous election!

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Election | , , , | 3 Comments

Vote!

“The world will not change until we do.” - Jim Wallis

“Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat.”  – Prince Phillip of England

“Change is often rejuvenating, invigorating, fun…and necessary.”  - Lynn Povich

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it.  You have an obligation to change it.” - Marian Wright Edelman

Both candidates represent some sort of change, although I happen to think that one represents more real  change than the other.  But, that is for you to decide.  And you may not want change at all. 

 I’m very excited at the prospect of an overwhelming voter turnout.  It will mean a busy day for me tomorrow, but a satisfying one.  Please be nice to your poll workers :)

 

After your vote, go here and get a free book from me.

November 3, 2008 Posted by | Election, Say What? | , , , , | 2 Comments

Free books if you vote

Every month I pass on books I’ve read and you help me clear off my bookshelves.  For November I’m offering free books, but only if you vote in the Presidential election on Tuesday.  Since some states have early voting and some have voted absentee (like me) so I will start offering the free books today. 

To get your free book  1. VOTE  2. Leave a comment telling me what state you voted in and which book you want  3. I’ll email you and get your address and send the book free of charge. 

You do not have to say who you voted for, but you can if you want.  I will delete anything negative said about either candidate. 

I have plenty of books and can add more later if needed.  I’ll leave this open until the day after the election.

I mailed my absentee ballot from the Buckeye state this week since I will be working at the polls on Tuesday.

These books have all been read once or twice. 

CLOSED

November 1, 2008 Posted by | FREE | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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