Saturday, August 14, 2010

More Books

I'm continuing with my Million Page March this month. My job is always busy in August and, as a result, I don't get much time for reading. I do however have a few books for you this time.

Sherlock Holmes Vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman: The very first book I recorded back in May 2005 when I started this challenge. It is a look at how Holmes would deal with Dracula if inserted into the classic tale by Bram Stoker. I liked it and it is an interesting read for any fan of Holmes or Dracula.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane: Recently made into a movie, this is the story of Marshall Teddy Daniels investigating the disappearance of a patient at an insane hospital on an island. This was a good novel with many twists and turns and an ending that surprised and saddened me.

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles: The story of Bennie Ford, a man who has made a mess of his life but is trying to make amends by attending his estranged daughters wedding. However, on the way, he is stranded in Chicago and all flights out have been cancelled. Taking out his frustrations in a letter requesting a refund, Bennie instead writes down his life story. This was a fun little book that took me about a day to read. I liked it but felt that the parts of the book that show the latest novel that Bennie is working on, (he is a translator of foreign novels) slows the book down some.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Too Long, and some books

I know it has been way too long since I last posted. Life throws things your way and you lose track of time.

I have decided to use this blog to track the progress I make on my million page march. That is my chronicle of a million pages read in 20 years. I figure it is going to take me at least that long because I like to read, but I am not a fast reader by any means.

Recent reads
The Little Book, by Selden Edwards...This book took me a while to get into. It is the story of Wheeler Burden, a former baseball hero/rock star turned literary man, who finds himself in 1894 in Vienna after an encounter with a stranger in 1988 San Francisco. Mr. Edwards paints a beautiful word picture that really captures the time and place. The middle seemed to drag for me but I was hooked after that.

Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz...This is the Second book in the Odd Thomas series, about a boy in a small town who can see dead people. I received this as a birthday gift several years ago and had to go back and find the first book. I loved it and looked forward to this one. It was hard going after the first 90 pages or so. I like the character of Little Ozzie the best I think. The enemies in this one were unique, there was too much description of tunnels and elevators and things like that. I will read the next book in the series.

Will post more often, hopefully