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DO NOT FOLLOW THIS BLOG!
Did I get your attention?  Ok, it’s your life, you can do what you want.  I just want to make it clear that:

1. I don’t know if I want to use WP over the long-term.  There isn’t much point in following me if I don’t stick around long.

2. I’ll probably post random nonsense while experimenting with WP.  I may post large quantities of old reviews.  If you follow me, your Reader page could get flooded.

If you found this page because I followed you, it’s because I want to try out the “Reader” aspect of the functionality and see what other bookish people are doing with their blog.  I don’t expect or want you to follow me in return.  If I do decide to stick with WP, I’ll let people know.  I expect I’m going to stick with my original assessment of “too much work”, but I want to give it a fair try so I can make an educated decision.

 

Book Review: Resonance

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I could barely put this book down.  I don’t want to give many details about the story because, the less you know going into it, the more fun you’ll have reading it.  I think an excerpt from the first few lines in the book may be the best way to explain it without spoiling it.

Graham Smith locked the Post Room door, turning the key clockwise as far as it would go. He paused, counting his breaths—one, two—then turned the key counterclockwise. Another pause, more breaths, it had to be four this time, four was good, all even numbers were but four especially so. He repeated the procedure, action for action, breath for breath. Lock, unlock; breathe and count. Twice with the right hand and twice with the left. Only then could he leave work, satisfied that the door was indeed locked and all was well with the world.

Not that it would be for long. You can’t create a world in seven days without cutting corners.

So right off the bat you’re trying to figure out if the character is a little crazy, or what’s going on with him.  I slowly pieced together what was going on along with the main characters, and I had a lot of fun doing it.

If I’d had the time, I might have read this book in one sitting.  Since I don’t have that sort of time, I read it over the course of a few days. As I went about my work day, I would occasionally find myself thinking about the book.  I would speculate about what might happen next or reevaluate the meaning of earlier parts of the book based on the most recent revelations.  It made me eager to get home so that I could read some more.  It’s been a while since a book has captured my attention this well.

There’s nothing that pulls me out of a book faster than characters who don’t ring true.  The main characters in Resonance, however, were likeable and believable, not to mention unique and quirky.  This story could have been confusing, yet somehow the author managed to write it in a way that was very easy to follow.  This was even true during the climax when things were especially chaotic.  There isn’t really any “hard science” in this book, but I found it to be internally consistent and that’s all that really matters to me.

Book Review: When the Devil Whistles

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I liked this book pretty well.  It was a quick, light read.  I haven’t read many legal thrillers, so I enjoyed reading something that was a little different from my usual genres.  The plot wasn’t particularly complex or thought-provoking, but it was interesting.

I liked the characters, but sometimes I was annoyed by the decisions they made.  Occasionally it felt like they made bad decisions just to increase the drama of the story rather than because their decisions made logical sense.   On the other hand, sometimes I feel the same way about people in real life, so I guess this wasn’t unrealistic.

Although this book seems to be classified as Christian fiction, don’t let that turn you off if you prefer to avoid religion-based books.  I noticed very little content that I would consider to be Christian-specific and I would never have considered it to be a Christian book if I hadn’t seen that it was tagged that way.  There is some discussion of morality, but concerns about morality are hardly limited to Christians.

Book Review: The Lord of the Rings

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If pressed to choose, I would say Fantasy is my favorite genre.  It therefore feels almost sacrilegious to only give The Lord of the Rings three stars.  If I’d read it when I was younger, or at least before I’d begun reading fantasy regularly, I probably would have enjoyed it more.  I think my problem is that, after reading more modern fantasy stories, this one didn’t hold anything new for me.  That is, of course, unfair; Tolkien created many of the fantasy staples found in the more modern books I’ve enjoyed.  Nevertheless, I rate books based on how much I actually enjoyed reading them, not based on how much I think I should have enjoyed them.

The story was a little too slow and meandering for my tastes, and I’m embarrassed to say it took me weeks to get through it.  I was admittedly very busy during the time frame in which I was reading it but, when a book is really good, I find time to read it even if it means sacrificing sleep.  The fact that I was already familiar with the story from watching the movies probably didn’t help, but I had actually read the first book a few years before watching the movies.  It didn’t grab me then either, which is why I hadn’t read the rest of the series until now.

I loved the movies, but I particularly enjoyed the parts of the book that aren’t in the movies.  They added more meat to a story I was already familiar with.  It’s still a good story, but I had hoped the book would take me inside the characters’ heads and expand my knowledge of them.  I became attached to the characters through the movies, and I wanted to learn more about what made them tick.  This omnibus didn’t meet that need for me.  I didn’t feel like I knew the characters any better after reading their story than I had just from watching the movies.