November 24, 2011

BTT - Thankful

BTT asks
What book or author are you most thankful to have discovered?
Have you read everything they’ve written? Reread them?
Why do you appreciate them so much?

photo credit: Charlotte's Fancy
Roald Dahl --  he spans generations.  My children loved his books.   Then we (as adults) enjoyed his adult books, some of which are horror.    When I traded in books at the used bookstore, I never ever took a Dahl book in.   Now, the Dahl bookshelf downstairs is being emptied, thanks to 8-year-old Madison, the next generation of a Dahl reader.   But she isn't getting his "adult" books, at least not quite yet.

To add to my thankful list:  Dahl's ex-wife Pat Neal was from around here;  the Pat Neal Rehabillitation Center is nearby.

November 21, 2011

God's Eye - review

God's Eye
author:  A. J. Scudiere
published October 2011
source: from the publicist
note:  currently 99 cents for Kindle!

Good versus evil.   Remember the cartoons you used to see while growing up:  an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other?    This book is a grown up version of the two warring entities.   The problem (and it is a nice problem to have!) is that you don't know which guy is the angel and which one is the demon.

Katharine is wealthy.  She works for her family's firm and moves from one department to another in order to learn the business ropes.   At home, she finds soot and sees animals out of the corner of her eye.

At the same time, Katharine meets two attractive men --- one at work, the other a new neighbor in her apartment building.   Suspense mounts. 
Which guy is which?

Do download the first two chapters here   and you'll be hooked!

November 19, 2011

Triangles and Ellen Hopkins

author:  Ellen Hopkins
source:  ARC from publisher
published: October 2011

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom.
Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown.
Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges.
As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. All of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.
Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.
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It is not often an author can change from one genre to another;  Ellen Hopkins has accomplished this well!   A popular famous author of YA books written in verse, she has added Triangles for adults, also in verse.   The next adult book is Collateral, about deployment and what that means to those left behind.

Triangles is NOT meant for YAs, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out YAs picked up this book to read.   Reminds me of decades ago when my younger cousin and I read Grace Metalious's books (she wrote Peyton Place -- the erotic book of its time).  I saw our grandmother reading her  book too;  I was aghast and ashamed.  Gran simply said, "I just wanted to see what you girls are reading."  What a wise wonderful woman!

Ellen currently is at the Miami  Book Festival.   Soon, very soon, there'll be answers to some questions posed to Ellen.

In the meantime, if you haven't seen other reviews of Triangles, here are Bloggers participating in Crazy Book Tours Triangles Tour:

November 18, 2011

visiting the Dovekeepers

Looking down from Masada, you can see one of the Roman camps.
The Dovekeepers
author Alice Hoffman
publisher:  Simon and Schuster
source: purchased myself

In January and again in November, I visited Masada.   Masada is a mesa in the desert of Israel where a settlement of 950 Jews fought off Roman invaders in the years 70-73 AD.  It took months for the Romans to build ramparts up to the settlement.  The Jewish people vowed it was better to die FREE in mass suicide than to become slaves of the Romans.   They burned all their belongings, but left the storerooms full of food to show the Romans, "We didn't die because of starvation."  In the end, only 2 women and 5 children survived.

Alice Hoffman has taken this true story to weave a tale of four women living at Masada during this time.  As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was a must-read.

Hoffman does not disappoint.  The four fictional women have vastly different backgrounds.  They are thrown together to care for the doves at Masada.  Yael's mother had died in childbirth; her father and brother are known as assassins.    Revka's husband was a baker, she takes on his trade and uses it for her own purposes.   Aziza is expert in the warrior ways of men and Shirah is a woman with magical properties and medicine.

Even if you never make it to Masada, the book is well worth reading for all the character development Hoffman has provided. 

I shot the two photos this month while on top of Masada.
the Salt Sea (Dead Sea) at a distance

November 10, 2011

BTT E-volution

BTT asks E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation ... do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don't have one, do you plan to?

I have the Kindle app and iBooks on my iPad and iPhone, along with many books inside. It is neat to preview or read the first chapters of a book (Amazon calls it "sample"). I still prefer hard copies, ARCs, or paperback. It makes it easier to refer back to previous pages.

However, I like having a Bible or a variety of Bible translations in my iPad while at Bible study or church.