Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blind Justice by Anne Perry

I was excited about this because the other Perry book that I read was a good blend of mystery and social commentary.  This book tried to do the same, but the elements felt tacked together.  I just didn't work for me.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

I couldn't decide if this was brilliant or lame.  But then I realized:  if you want a book with a realistic plot, this will disappoint.  If you want a book that is sort of a philosophical fable, this is pretty interesting.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Passage by Connie Willis

There's a part of my brain that recognizes that Willis' books are weird, repetitive, too long, and ultimately not great literature, but there is another part of my brain that absolutely loves reading them.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

I read this to the boys.  They liked it because pretty much every chapter has a cliff hanger.  I thought it was pretty good.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

So the entire time I am reading this, I am thinking, huh, this is an interesting premise, but kind of a slog, maybe I should give up . . . and then I get to the end and realize that the book is completely brilliant.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Friday, August 09, 2013

The Compound by S. A. Bodeen

Great premise, good twist, stupid execution, wooden characters.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Great premise, excellent setting (Edwardian country house!  The London Blitz!  My favorites!), promising beginning, stupid ending.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien

Written for the lay reader, this book is an excellent introduction to the numerous and surprising ways in which our cultural assumptions shape our reading of scripture.  I highly recommend this provocative book to pretty much everyone.

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