I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.
The 3rd Degree by James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?
I would have given this four stars, but there there were some plot inconsistencies that confused me. For one, it was never explained how the main character knew where the Cemetery of Forgotten Books was. It was supposed to be this big secret, and then all of a sudden there they are. Other plot points were either shoved aside as unimportant later on in the book.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story, but it got my hopes up at seeing some of the events concluded and then they suddenly weren’t important enough to follow through with. Now, I have to admit that this is a book in a series, and that some of these events may either be explained in previous/later books, but as a stand alone book, it doesn’t really resolve much.
In short, it’s a good story, I just wish it would have resolved more plot points.
This seems like just an extension of the other book that this book references extensively – Bite Marks. The references make me feel like I’m missing out by not reading Bite Marks, like all the action happened in this other book and this book chronicles the aftermath of that.
I’m not even entirely sure what the climax was; the rescue, the cure(s), or a few other things that happened in between and after. The book was thoroughly anti-climatic, but did have a few interesting scenes. The chapters jumped back and forth through time, explaining things as I read along; it even explained the plot of Bite Marks by the time I was done.
I’ve never read a book like this. I liked the scenes, but the entire book didn’t seem like a book in itself. Like it was an advertisement for Bite Marks rather than a book to be read alone. It confuses me.
I’ve read Shakespeare before in school and on my own, and with him you always have to read between the lines and learn a little more English to understand what he’s telling you. Richard III is a play based on the royal movements that were happening at the time. So I guess you could say this play was based on actual events, but played out in such a way as to be entertaining.
Its hard to say anything about Shakespeare other than, it’s Classic and historical, and his writings are still being studied, and his plays are still being produced and even turned into movies. So I’ll say this: I’m glad I took the time to reread myself some Shakespeare.