Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Briggs is an accomplished author. Her contribution may have some familiar characters if you've followed her werewolves in the Mercedes Thompson Series. I plan to keep following :)
I think this is the first story by Wilks I've read. I'm very impressed. I'll be following up with some of her full length novels.
Chance has an amazing sense of humor. I really liked her story of the two-natured. I'll be reading more of her books too.
Sunny has provided another story in the Monere series. You have to have read the others in the series to really follow this story. Of course you could just read Sunny for the sex.
The woman is obsessed with sex. The other stories in this collection have some romance and sex in them, but Sunny is all about the sex. Monere heal with sex, share powers with sex, and even glow in the dark while having sex. I say -- what's wrong with that :)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
If anyone's interested in these books let me know. Books should be given to readers who will treat them with respect and pass them along when they're done. I make a habit of gifting sales people that come to my door with books from time to time :)
I gave up saving books for my kids to read. Maybe it skips a generation, but my kids read the TV Guide and that's about it :) OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but not much. I have friends who keep telling me "I'll wait 'till it's made into a movie," and I keep telling them it's not the same. Their loss.
That said, this is the first Dekker book I've read and it will probably be the last. The plot was a little too twisty for my taste and when I was done I didn't feel particularly satisfied. I don't think this book is a waste of time but in my opinion there are better story tellers out there.
If you're interested in the other Temperance Brennan books you can find a list on Reichs' web site.
No Humans Involved features Jaime Vegas. Jaime is trying to break into TV via a gig on a reality show. She's a spiritualist by trade. The difference is she's a real necromancer and can actually see ghosts. In this story she comes up against some formidable practitioners of black magic. She enlists the help of her friends from the Interracial Council to help in the struggle. This is a book you'll find hard to put down. Highly recommended.
This title just about says it all. You're in for more high flying adventure with Max and her gang. All the expected villains are present with some interesting twists. Highly recommended.
In Undead and Uneasy Betsy is about to get married. There are some things she's not willing to give up just because she's dead! But first she has that pesky problem of her missing fiancé to deal with.
Please read this series in order. You can find a list on Davidson's web site. All are highly recommended.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Frankly, I liked the first books in the series better. Anita spent more time raising zombies and killing vampires back then. Now she spends most of her time in bed with vampires and weres of every stripe. Anita is part tiger, leopard, wolf, lion, and beast yet to be determined herself, but she's avoided the actual change so far. If you like intense descriptive sex scenes you'll appreciate the later books in the series. In spite of that, this novel is highly recommended.
If you want to follow the Women's Murder Club there's a link on Patterson's web site that lists these novels in order.
This is the twelfth book featuring Cross. It would help to read them in the correct order. Check out Patterson's web site and look for the Alex Cross section. He's got them listed in the right order. All of the Cross books are highly recommended.
The Cobra trilogy takes a young soldier in an alien war with the Trofts, who is turned into a stealth cyborg or Cobra, and follows him through a lifetime of conflict and peace to whole new worlds and future generations. It's a real treasure. Very highly recommended.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I'm going to school to be a teacher. I've been out of college for thirty years now, which some insensitive boob from the alumni associate reminded me of over the phone tonight, but now I've decided to go back and get a degree that will let me teach in secondary education. I've got a year's worth of classes under my belt and I've discovered lesson plan bloat.
I've had classes on lesson planning. I got that.
Then I had a class on Content Area Reading (CAR). In this class I learned that in addition to content area objectives, I should be spending a portion of each class working on reading, so I need some reading objectives in that lesson plan.
Nobody would admit it, but this is basically because elementary education has turned into a big day care center that doesn't teach kids to read because it could hurt their self-esteem. OK, that's a bit if a generalization, but when I was a kid, I learned to read starting in first grade with Dick and Jane, and by junior high I could handle it. Not anymore.
Now I have a class on English Language Learners (ELL). In this class, I'm learning that a significant percentage of my students won't speak English, in addition to not reading. I have to include language objectives in my lesson plans now. How I'm going to teach someone who can't speak English to read, write, and speak English, while I try to teach them science, will be interesting. I'm sure they'll teach me how to do that before I get my degree. OK, not really sure. More like hopeful.
So far, I have to include content area objectives, reading objectives, and language objectives in my lesson plans. I also have to list the state standards I'm meeting for content area, reading, and language. These lesson plans are getting crowded and I still have over a year of school to go. I can't wait to see what additional objectives and standards they'll be shoehorning in before that year's up :)
I recommend reading the Stephanie Plum novels in the right order. For a complete list check out Evanovich's web site. All her books are highly recommended.
Sookie can sort of read minds. An interesting talent that keeps her tangled up with vampires, weres, witches, and all sorts of interesting supernaturals. Unfortunately, her love life is the worse for were. I couldn't help it! Highly recommended.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This is typical Cussler, if such a mundane word can ever be used when referring to a Cussler novel. You've got ancient Phoenicians, mercenaries, early American presidents, archaeologists, librarians, and evil galore. It's another book you won't want to put down. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Book of the Dead is another tale anchored by Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast of the FBI and his evil brother Diogenes. It includes the usual cast of characters. It would be better to read the books featuring Pendergast and his crew in order. For the Diogenes books that would be Brimstone, Dance of Death, and Book of the Dead. All excellent and hard to put down. Highly recommended.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I don't understand the trend lately for some very high profile authors to collaborate on books with a second author. Patterson is doing this a lot, but the quality doesn't seem to suffer. And if it means more books faster I'm all for it. Keep 'em coming.
This book features another insane monster that Alex tries to understand in order to catch. It's a twisty turny story. Highly recommended.
I have Obsession on order and can't wait!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Why is it they never make a movie or TV show based on a King book as dark as the original? I guess they figure too many nightmares :) I read Pet Cemetary and got the willies. I quit watching the movie about half way through and never finished.
The Dead Zone is worth the read, even the second time around.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Q: Why is a lawyer like a condom?
A: You hope you never need one, but when you're getting screwed, and you do need one, you want it to be a good one.
Monday, August 6, 2007
I really like Czerneda. I highly recommend her Species Imperative and Web Shifters series as well. Just google 'em. You can't go wrong if you like science fiction. After all she's a scientist in addition to an accomplished author.
I know. I never expected Roberts to write a series about vampires and gods, but she did and it's excellent. It's got her signature romance threaded throughout but that's OK. That's what you expect from Roberts and she delivers all that and more. These three novels are well worth the read.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
This book's written at a level most people can follow with no problem, even liberals. Give it a read, and if you have problems with the statistics just let me know. Unlike some books you'll find on the subject of global warning, there are extensive references to every fact you find in this book. I wish every author who stated "facts" would do the same. You out there Hillary Clinton and Michael Moore?
Please read this book.
I'm not going to write long gushy reviews. You can google any book I list and get a dozen of those. I'm just going to list them with some comments. If I didn't like a book I'll tell you. If I did I'll tell you that too. Frankly, if a book's on my list I probably liked it, since I don't read books I don't think I'll like. But sometimes you get fooled :)
I'd be happy to discuss any book. I've been reading for about 50 years and I've covered just about every genre there is. Feel free to comment, criticize, or expand on what I write. I've been through flame wars in the 70s and 80s that make today's heated exchanges sound like a church social, so don't be offended if I ignore your criticism :) If you want to discuss a book please leave a comment.