Posts Tagged With: reading

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi – a book review

thedispatcher  5 Stars

This book’s expected publication is May 31st, 2017.

Scalzi writes a chilling story of how people will still continue to want to dispel revenge even when killing someone or anyone dying is almost a thing of the past. Great sub-plot of what is the value of life and if dying is really a sign that God has a hand in it.

Excellent sci-fi / mystery novella. I definitely would like to see this continue in a full length novel. The characters were great and the pacing was spot-on. This would be a great series Mr. Scalzi, hint, hint. The cop, Langdon, and the Dispatcher, Valdez, make a great team.

More please.

Advertisements
Categories: 2017 Publication Release, Book Review, Book Talk, Bookshelf, Dystopia, Mystery | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

trevornoahbac  – 5 star Read 

Insightful, tragic, funny and uplifting!

I listened to the audio version as I read along with my copy of the hardcover version; I have never “double” experienced a book in this way before, and while slower than what I would normally read at, it was a complete immersive experience in a story of high quality.

This is the story of Trevor Noah growing up in South Africa as a product of a black mother and a white father, in a time when it was illegal to have a child born of these two mixed races. This is not the story of how he rose to stardom, got the job as host of the Daily Show, or even of how he started out working as a comedian. Other than a line or two in passing, there is no mention of his career. This is the story of a boy growing up in Apartheid South Africa and the life and minor social readjustments when Apartheid ended.

Trevor Noah knows how to tell a story, but more importantly he sifted through his history and found his voice to tell the best possible story of his life. He does not glamorize or hide his scars or his sins or the way the world is. He offers meaningful insight into Apartheid in South Africa, class divisions, race divisions and social divisions. He tells it like he experienced it.

He takes on the issues of domestic violence, of trying to find his way in a world that he was always an outsider in, and of his Mother’s fierce love and determination that injustice and wrong can be overcome if you don’t pay homage to the rules that divide us. He addresses crime and criminality and what it’s like to grow up within a South African Hood environment. He talks about the things that keep you trapped and how movement out, into something better, is frayed with pressures to keep people locked in. This book has an eerily chilling truth vibe to it that isn’t just aimed at pointing out the flaws of one country but ring true throughout the rest of the world, whenever we try to separate others from ourselves or put people into boxes / places that we ourselves haven’t lived in.

Trevor Noah speaks 5 different languages and listening to the Audio of this book helped with the passages written in different languages. He also does voice characterizations very well.

This is a powerful story told by a funny guy who lays his truth on the line. One of the best autobiographies I have ever read.

Categories: audiobooks, Biography, Book Review, Book Talk, Bookshelf, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – – Harriet Jacobs ~ A review

IncidentsSlaveGirl 5 stars

True memoir penned by Harriet Jacobs and the inhumanity of life as a slave. This was written in 1861 and was very controversial at the time of it’s release, as many debunked the truth of Jacobs because slaves were not allowed to learn how to write or read. (Ms. Jacobs was a house servant who’s mistress ~ ie owner ~ allowed her to take books to her grandmother’s and also helped her to read and write; her mistress was 7 years old.)

The cruelty which we inflict on other human beings never ceases to curdle my soul.
A powerful read written by one woman who lived it daily.
The strength of the human soul to endure and carry on never ceases to amaze me.
May we never forget and may we never repeat what we have done before

Everyone should read this.  You can get your copy free at Internet Archive

Categories: Biography, Book Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Try This for Your Next Reading Adventure

Not sure what to read next?  Try this for some new inspiration.

Choose one of your favorite authors. Enter the author’s name into the Literature Map.

Literature Map is part of the gnod engine which helps people find similar tastes in books, music, and movies. Thank you to Marek Gibney for creating this imaginative website.

For the first book:
• Option 1 – If you are feeling adventurous – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have not read before and try them out by reading one of their books.
• Option 2 – If you are feeling a little adventurous but don’t want to take it too far – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have read before and read a new to you book from that author.
• Option 3 – If you want to go with the tried and true – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have read before and re-read an old favorite.

Want more to this challenge?

Read a 2nd book following the directions below.

Are you up for it?  Sure you are!

For the second book:
• Option A – If you liked your first book – read another book by that author.
• Option B – If you liked the first book but don’t want to read another book by the same author – Go back to the beginning and enter the author of the first book you read into the literature map and select from the previous 1, 2, or 3 Options.

Come back here and let us all know how the machine worked for you and what your choice(s) are.

Have Fun and happy Reading!

Categories: Reading Challenge | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

November’s Bookshelf

It’s going to be a wonderful busy month reading.

I currently have 3 Advance Reading Copies from authors and/or publishers that I am waiting for or that are on my bookshelf waiting for me to curl up with them.

Breakfast at Midnight by Louis Armand is already on my shelf waiting to be read and will be next on my list to    read.

The synopsis for “Breakfast in America” :

“An elegy in E-flat for the other Prague.”

Kafkaville. Blake is a pornographer who photographs corpses. Ten years ago, a young man becomes a fugitive when a redhead disappears on a bridge in the rain. Now, at the turn of the millennium, another redhead has turned up in the morgue, and the fugitive can’t get the dead girl’s image out of his head. For Blake, it’s all a game – a funhouse where denial is the currency, deceit is the grand prize, and all doors lead to one destination: murder. In the psychological noir-scape of Kafkaville, the rain never stops, and redemption is just another betrayal away…

The ’90s Prague novel that wasn’t, Louis Armand’s BREAKFAST AT MIDNIGHT takes no prisoners. Seething with film noir intensity, violence, sex, the grimy post-revolution discontent of Prague’s industrial underbelly – the high-tempo prose carries us across landscapes of mind-fuck paranoias, morgue slabs, Oedipal patricides, Amazonian jungle epiphanies…

A parable for the times, BREAKFAST AT MIDNIGHT updates the macabre vision of writers like Paul Leppin and Gustav Meyrink. This is a cult novel waiting to happen.

I’m waiting on 2 books in the mail.

There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes by Robert Jacoby 

and

Cold To the Touch by Simon Strantzas

I’m really looking forward to these reads 

Categories: Bookshelf | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: