Posted on July 9, 2011 by biblionerdette
“What he discovered was that the great novels of the world were about 3 things- death, money, and sex. Occasionally a whale.”
Well this novel has the death, money, and sex thing going for it.
What starts out as 3 seemingly separate narratives eventually combine to make one twisted, messed up, lie-ridden conspiracy cover-up that leaves you just shaking your head at the end. (more…)
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Posted on June 18, 2011 by biblionerdette
In the history of dysfunctional families: The Osbournes, Kardashians, Lohans, Evans (Teen Mom 2), Fockers, Tenenbaums, and Hoovers (Little Miss Sunshine): no one, NO ONE comes even CLOSE to the Slepy family.
Oh Slepy family. Where should we even begin? At the end, which is where Christina Meldrum begins: good wife Christian Slepy is on trial with a witch doctor and Queen Mother presiding in a tiny West African village for killing husband Richard Slepy. (more…)
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Posted on June 11, 2011 by biblionerdette
Have you ever read a 600 page book and, once getting to the end, wish there was more?
Then you haven’t read “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness.
I would have entitled this “Twilight: Done Right”, only there’s so much more to this book than the whole forbidden love with a vampire thing- so I didn’t want anybody to get the impression the two are anywhere near related. Sorry, Stephenie Meyer, you got nothing on this. (more…)
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Posted on May 21, 2011 by biblionerdette
Tamara Goodwin is a spoiled little rich brat. A spoiled little rich brat whose father committed suicide over ruined finances, leaving her and her mother to move into nowhere’s-ville Ireland in a small gatehouse attached to the grounds of a ruined castle with her Mom’s brother and sister-in-law while the bank possesses the hundred acre mansion they used to live in and takes Tamara away from the familiarity of the life she had there.
The life she had there. So much simpler than the life and future she has here. (more…)
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Posted on May 14, 2011 by biblionerdette
With the success of CSI, NCIS, and Bones- forensic anthropology (aka- “Bone People”) has become a writing meme. An anthropologist just like Kathy Reichs, Jefferson Bass also writes about the gruesome tales told from a lost, forgotten, and horrifically maimed skeleton. Maybe I’m just jaded from too much of the same thing, but Bass’ book didn’t seem to offer anything different from any of the other hundreds of forensic anthropology stories out there right now.
His main character, Dr. Bill Brockton, isn’t a strong leading man. There’s really nothing about him that sticks with you other than he gets really bored by being behind a desk. So bored, in fact, that he’ll work for free. But there’s not really much of a personality to go with him. He’s just Dr. Brockton, a really good forensic anthropologist from the University of Tennessee who hates when Floridians start talking crap about his football team. (more…)
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Posted on May 7, 2011 by biblionerdette
“If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all” should be Brad Sheridan’s motto in Frederik Pohl’s novel “All the Lives He Led”. His home, and basically entire country, has been destroyed by a massive explosion coming from Yellowstone National Park (“someone should have known there was something more sinister to those geysers”)- putting his family into poverty and relocating them to a run-down, dirty slum in New York’s Staten Island. He makes some money running different scams on the streets, but needs more if he’s going to make anything out of life. So he enlists himself as an indentured servant; and winds up in Italy at the 2000th Anniversary of the Destruction of Pompeii (ironic, isn’t it?) (more…)
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Posted on April 30, 2011 by biblionerdette
When I first saw this book was written by the authors of the Dune expansion novels, I prepared myself for a long, dry, extensive, hard to follow saga. The extended Appendices in the back supported this initial hesitation: 2 lists of around 70 planets, a 5 page description of a “Stringline Network”, and a 9 page glossary of important characters and terms. But what I actually got was a fantastically written, long, extensive saga about morality, courage, strength, deceit, murder, and all that other fun stuff that goes into epic novels. (more…)
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Posted on February 25, 2011 by Enosh
My descent into nerddom began a long time a go in a galaxy far far away when my Dad started watching and old copy of The Empire Strikes Back he had taped off of the TV sometime in the in the mid-80′s. I was fascinated by these weird beasts that ran on two legs and giant robots that looked like gangly elephants. Not to mention the beautiful city in the clouds. I had no idea what science fiction was. All I knew was I wanted an X-wing.
My brother, who is 10 years my junior, began his Star War fanaticism similarly, but by the time he got around to it the old tape was fuzzy and worn. There was so much snow on Hoth it was hard to tell what was going on. He probably doesn’t remember that tape. He was three when the movies were re-released for the 20th anniversary.
What he does remember is the Han Solo trilogy of novels that was also released in 1997. (more…)
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Posted on December 3, 2010 by Enosh
Funny thing death. It’s the only thing that every human on earth is afraid of. It is the focal point of every religion and it is the end of every war. Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if we all just knew how we were going to die and so it no longer weighed on our minds? Well, perhaps not. (more…)
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Posted on November 19, 2010 by Enosh
The Bond movies have almost always been smash hits at the box office and many fans know 007 was based on a double agent who hung out in Portugal during World War II, but I’m pretty sure Alex Hawke is a completely fictitious character from the mind of Ted Bell. Hawke is the playboy super agent for the 21st century with a little late 90′s metrosexual emotional bull tossed in.
Now don’t get me wrong. He’s a man’s man shooting around Bermuda on a vintage racing bike at speeds well beyond those recommended for safe travel after far too many hi-balls of Gosling’s Black Seal rum. Why do I know the brand name? One, because I like it myself, and B because Bell makes a Herculean effort to throw it in every chance he gets. The guy must have a deal with the rum runners that rivals Tiger’s Nike deal. But the thing is, when it comes to women Hawke does not take the Sean Connery slap the girl around approach. He’s all weepy. Though to be fair, his lovers tend to leave him in sudden and tragic ways, which I imagine can be traumatic after a while. I just wish we could have a super spy somewhere between the chauvinist and the metrosexual. (more…)
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