Random Reviews in Random order from Random Library Staff and One Prolific Volunteer that might pique your interest:
We work in the library. We like to read. True. We do read. A lot! However, none of us read nearly as much as the entertaining Mr. Von Hatch. Giving credit where credit is due… the best of these reviews have been put forth from his computer to ours. We’d love to have your short reviews to include next time. Just ask us!
REVIVAL by Stephen King
Over the years there have been many books by Stephen King and they have all made him tons of money, but, truth to tell, some were fit for not much more than doorstops at the entrance to your library. I am happy to report that this one will make you fidget with anticipation, as you try to remain seated in your library. You know something really bad is coming because there is so little bad stuff in the early going. Of course, there are hints and peeks but nothing to really raise the hair on your neck. If you fail to be thrilled at the climax of this book then, perhaps, you need to search out that little hidden door in the wall.
EDGE OF ETERNITY by Ken Follett
I wish I could say that this book was the riveting conclusion to Follett’s Century Trilogy that I had hoped for but I can’t. I’m not sure what I expected but it wasn’t this. It seems to me that the heroes and villains of the first two volumes who were so finely and brilliantly formed had disappeared and all that was left were their less than stellar offspring. Maybe that’s the real-life aspect of the book. For a while, I wondered if this was the same story. Having said all of that, I was deeply involved in the work. Follett is a brilliant story teller and this trilogy is an epic work. Perhaps it would have been better if I had re-read “Winter of the World” at least. If you are new to this series of books you MUST read them in order. Sorry to sound like your old English teacher, but there you have it. If you like fictional history and reading then this is a 3,000 page- or so- playground for you.
TRANSCENDENCE starring Johnny Depp
This movies is about a scientist who figured out how to preserve his essence in a super computer and does so after he is killed by a radioactive bullet. The best part of the movie is the fact that the viewer is unclear about who the good guy is and who the bad guy. The story is told with very little judgment. The movie is about cutting edge technology and good/bad right/wrong are unclear. All we have are the facts and we are left to ponder them on our own or discuss and debate them with our friends and fellow movie viewers. I would recommend it.
ALONE IN THE CLASSROOM by Elizabeth Hay
I found this book confusing (it could just be me!). It changed people and places rapidly and because I didn’t read continually but let a day or two pass, I found I had to go back and remind myself who was who, and at what time period I was in. I believe the story, at its core, is about a woman discovering why her mother was the way she was, in a roundabout way! Confused? Me too!
I AM PILGRIM by Terry Hayes
This is the last book of 2014 and it is a ripper! It is not often that after about two pages into a book I feel like my life will be ever cursed if I don’t hurry up and get it read. Well, here it is, Pilgrim (Slight nod to The Duke). This is the story of a super spy/master investigator and deadly foe to evil men everywhere. Have I mentioned it’s fiction? I have added one more name to my list of fictional super heroes. I’m not sure what name but that’s one of the cool things in the book. It’s a tale of our hero in search of a super bad guy who has resurrected one of history’s great diseases and is going to do in…guess who? Us. The USA. You may think you’ve heard it all before and you might have, but you’ve never read a better spin on the tale.
THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Schultz
If you like a book that deals with alternate worlds you might be interested in this one. I found it enjoyable, a good read. It did keep my interest because it is girl meets boy, boy likes girls, girl likes boy and they fight demons. It was quite predictable.
LEVEL ZERO HEROES: the story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan by Michael Golembesky and John R. Bruning
This is the account of combat in Afghanistan at an outpost called FOB Todd. I was manned by NATO troops, Afghans and the Marines of Special Operations Team 8222. This Marine organization is rather like the SEALS or, if you prefer, Recon Marines with an attitude. Level zero refers to the amount of danger to be expected on any given mission. Zero meaning basically no risk. Unfortunately a very few meters from the entrance to their “camp” was the beginning of Indian country and zero danger went out the window. This book, and the others like it, should be read by everyone who votes and/or pays taxes. These men were doing what we as a nation asked them to do and we owe it to them and ourselves to listen to their stories
I am a late comer to this book. Most of the country knows it is the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner, POW of the Japanese during WW II, alcoholic, born again Christian, and very funny guy. It’s all true what most people say about this book. It is the tremendous story of an unbelievable life. I may be driven to read Seabiscuit now.
If you have read To Hell and Back, by Audie Murphy, you will be familiar with the style of this book. The voice is earthy, blunt and to the point. In a very straightforward manner, Luttrell tells the tale of becoming himself, of becoming a SEAL, and how he became a survivor. This story exemplifies the dichotomy of the world in which we live. We take great satisfaction in slaying our enemies, yet we agonize over the misery of their wives and children. We expect the children of the flyover part of our nation to win these nasty, little asymmetrical wars by rules made when war was organized, and when something goes wrong, as it surely will, we try, convict, and execute in the media any poor PFC who screws up. And the amazing part is that the boys from Texas or other places far from either coast keep doing it. That is the kind of guy who wrote this book. His motivations- duty, honor, and service- should be less rare in this country. Which is not to say that at times I did wince a bit. Thank you for your service.