Cormoran Strike Books Are A Hit

30 10 2014

This is overdue, but I have finally decided to put down some words about J.K. Rowling’s first two mystery novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Of course, I hadn’t heard about them until word leaked that the author, Robert Galbraith, was actually a fiction as well. I have to say that I enjoyed both books quite a bit, and look forward to reading them again. I won’t get into the plots of both books (because it would be too easy to give away the mysteries, and that would spoil the stories), but I do want to say why I liked them.

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James Bond: The Literary Character

30 08 2014

I have been a James Bond fan since I was a kid. While I didn’t get to see a James Bond movie in theatres until I was in my teens, I was able to catch them on occasion on television (since they were somewhat “edited” for prime time consumption). But, my experience with Bond has always been with the feature films. I finally took the time to read the original Ian Fleming novels, and I now have a slightly different view of the Bond character. WARNING: I discuss information that will give away spoilers or important plot points, so continue at your own risk.

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My Specific Problems With The Casual Vacancy

16 03 2013

My previous post on The Casual Vacancy discussed my general problems and concerns with the book. I tried to (hopefully) avoid spoiling the story itself. This piece, however, explores specific problems and issues I have with the story. This post contains spoilers. I discuss information that will give away important plot points, so continue at your own risk.

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Mixed Feelings on The Casual Vacancy

15 03 2013

I finally got through The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, and I have to say my feelings on the book are mixed. While I applaud Ms. Rowling’s first break from the genre she is so well know for (and was glad to see she was able to use grown-up curse words), I have to say I didn’t completely enjoy the book. I found that the way the story was told, and the nature of the story, forced me to spend far too much mental effort keeping track of who was who, and what they were doing and why. It isn’t a book that you can read for a bit, put down for a period of time (even a single evening) and take up where you left off. It takes concentration. As an experiment in writing, I was glad she tried it. As a finished product, I wasn’t entirely impressed. (I will avoid spoilers at all costs in this, so don’t worry about this giving away key plot points).

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Lost In Palau A Good Read

22 01 2013

The novel Lost in Palau by Randy Schafer is a gripping story set in post-WWII Palau in the Pacific. It is about a mystery uncovered by 3 U.S. Navy sailors who discover an unidentified sunken ship. I don’t want to give away the ending, so I am avoiding spoilers. In the interest of full disclosure, the author is a close personal friend that I have known since the late 1970’s.

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Some Early Thoughts on Song Of Ice And Fire Series

5 06 2012

I have been reading the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (sometimes called A Game of Thrones series, although that is actually the name of book 1). I haven’t finished the first 5 books yet (and there are apparently going to be 7 in total), but there are things about the series I find intriguing.

SPOILER ALERT: If you decide to read on, there are SPOILERS. If you don’t want to see them, please don’t keep going. You’ve been warned.

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