Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reel Life Crime by Cary Pepper

I want more of these types of stories.  It’s what I call a curl up in front of the fire with a bag of popcorn and some hot chocolate and sit down to a really good book.  I love the detective in this story and the fact that he just can’t seem to come to terms with who he is.  Can’t we all associate with that??

This is a great story, full of suspense and wonderfully real characters.  I had no trouble following the plot and the clues leading to the end.  I was able to guess what happened but that’s not the author’s fault…I read entirely too many books!  Regardless I loved it.  I hope he creates many more novels with these characters.

From what I’ve been reading, this book included, the old genre they used to call ‘spaghetti western’ where there are a ton of short stories surrounding a central theme or character are coming back.   Even as little as 10 years ago no one was writing those anymore.  Now, with new authors and the advent of e-books, these types of serial books are making a comeback and I have to say, this is an awesome first round.  Keep it up and keep them coming.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

The End of the Computer by Pat Conner

(Written as Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn) This was written more as a biography than a story.  From the title, description and illustration on the cover I was ready for a science fiction book.  But in fact it was more of a science fact.  I don’t know enough about this timeline to know if this really is a true accounting of events but if not, it is written as if things were happening in the real world.

I did enjoy the story but found it rather slow and hard to follow sometimes.  I don’t know if I would find more value if I knew it was a real-life story or if I knew it was pure fiction.  I like to think it was a part of both worlds. 

It defiantly got me thinking about events and where they could lead and if we just don’t know it yet but we are heading for another age that is a lot less mechanical in nature.  I know for my personal life, I am leaning towards less technology and more nature but then I’m getting old and am looking to make changes in my life.  Dumping the computer may just be one of them (or not!).

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Reviewed by Sue Owen

Helen's Daughter by Laura Gill

Typically these types of historical renditions focus on main characters in history.  This was a little outside of that in that it focuses on the daughter of Helena of Troy and how she perceived the events that her mother was so famous for.  As the story unfolded it gave me insight into the types of these events and the fact that people outside of the main happenings of that time were oblivious to what was really going on.   I guess what really hit me was the fact that now when events happen in one part of the world, we know about it in seconds but back then it was months and sometimes even years before people realize events had transpired that put them under a different leadership.

I really enjoyed this story.  It set the period perfectly, gave depth to characters that never even got noticed and led to understanding of a way of life that is beyond what we have today. 

I do have to say, however, that I would have liked to have had more interaction between the main characters and the rest of the world.  I don’t feel that there was as much emphasis placed on the history taking place even from where she was so isolated, as people should have been aware of.   It was a good story, however and I recommend it.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Driving to Bel Air by William G. Jones

For a short story this had a lot of emotion.  The author depicted pefectly the emotions surrounding losing someone from all aspects.  He was also able to analyze what goes into a relationships and how to bring it back from the brink of destruction.

This was one of those books that makes you look at your own life, how you handled your losses and relationships and could find you lacking the understanding you should have had.  At times it was hard to read because I could see my own thoughts reflected on those pages.

Overall it was a good book to read but not a casual read.  In order to get the most from this book it has to be studied and not just read.  I think the author did a good job tearing apart then repositioning the human emotions surrounding loss and family feelings.  I recommend it.

Reviewed by Sue Owen