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Slow, Boring, Pointless
This House of Sky

The book is a memoir of the life of Ivan Doig, the author. Although the book is written in beautiful, poetic language, there is so little substance, in term of plot. This is mainly because it is a memoir, not a fiction book. Characters come and go during the course of the book, with no lasting impression. Places are more vivid than the people. The second half of the book moves more quickly than the first, perhaps because it is written more from the author's own memories, than the recollections of family and friends.

That said, the starkness of the Montana frontier is very vividly portrayed, as well as the hardships associated from eaking out a living from the land.

Stardust: A Novel by Joseph Kanon
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Confusing
A look back on old Hollywood

Although this book was chosen as our "suspense" pick for the club, I didn't find it so much suspenseful as I did a time a time capsule back to the days of old Hollywood, when there were real movie stars. Nevertheless, the mystery is a good one, and just when I thought I had it all figured out, something new would happen, and change everything.

The French Gardener: A Novel by Santa Montefiore
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Unconvincing, Dramatic
Plot turns on poor decisions

This book has a double storyline, one revolving around the extra-marital romance between a married woman and her gardener, the other about the woman who finds her diary in the gardener's cottage of her newly purchased country home.

The problem I had with the book was not in the writing, for the writing was well done, but with the fact that the whole book is based on one woman's irresponsible decisions. The message that one can "have their cake and eat it too" is the main theme of the book.

The message it sends to the reader is that affairs based on romance are condonable, but an affair based on sex is wrong. Both are equally wrong and irresponsible, but that aspect is never explored.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Fun
A Decent Beach Read

Despite a slow start, the book speeds up after the first third. It isn't until you get near the middle, that you realize that what you thought was the story is really only part of the picture. A good suspenseful ending too!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic

The Forgotten Room: A Novel by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
 
Pointless, Unconvincing, Confusing

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring

When We Were Strangers: A Novel by Pamela Schoenewaldt
 
Optimistic, Insightful, Informative

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
 

Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting

 
Romantic, Adventurous, Interesting

 
Adventurous, Fun, Beautiful

 
Fun, Dramatic, Romantic

Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
 

True Grit by Charles Portis
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Fun

1984 by George Orwell
 
Dark, Insightful, Interesting

 
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Insightful, Interesting

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