Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Bone Garden by Tess Garritsen

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

Review: This book is 370 pages. This book takes place in the present and the past in the early 1830's. It switches back and forth in an easy way. The author will tell you 'present day' or 1830, so you are NOT lost while reading this. She has even brought in the real Oliver Wendell Holmes. The premise of this book is this so far; a woman buys a new house. While she is gardening, she comes across a complete skeleton. A Forensic Anthropologist is called in and she is working to identify the body. The book goes back to the 1830's, and tells a story about medical students, grave robbers, and a grim reaper who seems to be among the people who live in Boston. It works out that the present day owner of the house  does find out who the bones do belong to, while bringing the past into the very present. This book keeps you on the edge of your chair! A very worthwhile read.
I cannot go on to review anymore of this book to avoid SPOILERS!  I can suggest to read this book VERY carefully because ALL the clues are right in front of you as you are reading! Tess Gerritsen is very sneaky with her writing! I was astonished at the end of this book! The clues were there all along! I would need to go back and read this a second time to be satisfied enough to actually notice the clues! With the clues being in front of your face, you don't notice them like you would otherwise! Oh, the ending IS good!
ENJOY this book! It's a good one!

The Lexical Funk by Daniel Clausen

Here is a NEW Book Review!
I received the ‘Lexical Funk’ by Daniel Clausen, through the Member Giveaway Program on  Reviewers are not persuaded or suggested to give a positive or negative review of the books we receive to review, but to write exactly what we think of the book.  This book was a short version, only 48 pages of short stories..  I found the stories to be a little different, but with a very high intellectual quality to them that sometimes “I” just didn’t get.  People with more of an open mind would love these stories, as I am more of the type of person who likes the conventional novel; fiction or non-fiction.  This book, for me, is a far stretch from what I am used to reading, but this is ‘me’, as I said above.  The more I reflect on these stories, the more they grow on me.  I see this book doing VERY WELL with people who like short stories, and ones that have some dry humor to them, yet some stories are not so dry and are laugh out loud!  I LOVED the ‘ Brown Still Lives There’.  It had me roaring because when the author wrote he was an English teacher that was exactly what I was imagining!  I have a friend who fits this description to a “T”!!!  He works in the English Department at a University teaching English!  He pretty much does the same things this character does, and says the same things this character does in the story, especially when asked why he became an English Teacher.  I could NOT stop laughing at that one!  That story I could relate to!  I can see people who have some very high stress/long hour jobs picking this book up while sipping on a nice glass of wine, to get some long needed comic relief!  I read some of the stories out loud to my husband, and he got a little chuckle out of them with a smile on his face.  Perhaps these stories are geared more towards male thinking?  However, perhaps if the author provided a few more short stories in this sampling would have given me a little better perspective before I state this book is geared more for male thinking, so I don’t want to say that and have it written in stone.  I have to say this again, that the more I reflect on these stories, the more they grow on me.  This book has the opportunity to go FAR!  I would definitely suggest it to some friends who would like this sort of book!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Amazon has available for SALE my previous 2 book reviews!!

Hi Everyone!
The previous two book reviews I did on:
Sam, The Grouchy as Usual Bear AND Friends of Choice
Just look up the titles, and they CAN be purchased!
Just an FYI in case you are interested!