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The Last Oracle by James Rollins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Brilliant
the Last Oracle

Next to latest edition in the Sigma series, recommend reading prior books in the series, but isn't completely necessary. Up to the standards of the other books by this author. He includes cutting edge current science, past events usually of some several hundred years, really dastardly bad guys, a team of experienced experts as the good guys, and usually a natural monster in the mix of an exciting, thrilling adventure in which the fate f the world could hang in the balance.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

This is a "coming of age" type story with elements of the epic quest or hero's journey mixed in. Mostly about training dogs on the surface, with a mute child as the lead character. It's his story, except when the dogs are on stage. The writing is very smooth and reminds on of other writers in style and substance. Not overly challenging for the average reader. I was not happy with the ending, it feels like there is or should be a sequel. This is an Oprah summer pick, and it does make a good summer book., but I want more.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Gloomy
the road by c mccarthy

A slice of time not wished for, but believable. Very dark.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun, Interesting
the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

light-hearted look at a terrible time in human history.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Epic
Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman

The most important thing to know about this book is that Gudrid is mentioned in the Sagas. What sagas, you may ask. The Icelandic Sagas, long held in Iceland to be actual history and only recently determined by archaeologists to be more than legend.
This book uses Gudrid as a framework to study the Sagas and the world they describe. Her life, as told in the sagas, serves as the background for modern scientific studies of a past forgotten but important for us to understand where we came from.
The Sagas, as a side piece of information, were studied by Tolkien and other fantasy epic writers, and have a great influence on what we think of as fantasy.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Story of Edgar Sawtelle

It's been a couple of months since I read this book, and my impressions of it continue to be the same as when I finished it. I enjoyed the dog story. It reminded me of Kontz's dog stories, very much from the point of view of the dog. The coming of age of Edgar himself was well done. The interplay of the relationships of the members of Edgar's family felt real and possible. The were some "supernatural elements" sprinkled throughout, but they could have had rational sources, if thought about. Acturlly, they were just a little spice, not really necessary for the book.
My biggest problem with the story was the ending. It felt too much like an opening for a sequel. Maybe, if it had been separated more, it might have been "And this is what happened to the dogs" kind of thing. As it was, it felt incomplete, like where did the words go?

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
One Thousand White Women

Couldn't believe that this was fiction, it felt so much like a real memoir. Very vivid book, with an historic accuracy that is fantastic.

The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing
lace reader

This is a book that will sneak up and surprise you. It can be read as a novel, which it is called, or as a mystery, which it truly is. The clues are there for the ending, but only if the story is approached as a mystery. I am rarely surprised by a story any more, so this was a rare treat of a book. No real spoilers here, but do pay attention to the first couple of sentences.

The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing
The Lace Reader

This book can be read in two ways, as a novel and as a mystery. I read it as a novel and so was surprised by the ending more than I would have been had I engaged the book as a mystery. Without spoilers, I reccomend this as a very engaging read.

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Romantic
Spring Fever

This is a chick-lit beach read, and it does its' job very well. I was throughly engaged in the story and enjoyed the characters. It is a sweet romance, so people looking for hot passion need to find another book.

Crown Thy Good by M A Street
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Interesting, Insightful
Crown thy Good

nce upon a time a small county district attorney lead a charmed life. He even had a murder case that he won easily, and there was talk of him being elected to congress. But tragedy struck, everything came undone and he was politely invited to go live elsewhere alone. Dredging bottom, he stumbles into the orbit of a man who makes barbecue sauce and helps people who need it. There are many people around that he has helped. They form a community of sorts. The attorney spends the better part of a year recovering from his downfall. In the process, he rebuilds himself into a different person. This charming book is the story of his healing. It is slow and patient, but doesn't drag. The story unfolds organically, with all the spurts and drags of real life.

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