If you are looking for an engaging book based on facts, I would recommend this book as well
Archive for November, 2014
I’ve been thinking about this blog for awhile now. I rarely blog anymore. I do some reblogging and reviews – but I also do those on my other blog, Poetry by Pamela. I’ve been thinking about abandoning this blog. I faithfully blogged daily for well over a year but life has been interfering lately.
So, I think that I will keep the blog here because of the reviews and such, but my main blog will become my poetry blog.
But then I got this last night.
But still I don’t think feeling guilty for not blogging is a good thing for anybody. Catch me at Poetry by Pamela
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Read Tuesday has come again
In TWO WEEKS, it will be time for the second year of READ TUESDAY! This was a big success last year as it filled the void left by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There was no sale that focused on books, which is what this is about. …
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From Amazon: A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
My Review: Four Stars out of Five (although I am really leaning to a low four stars)
I fell in love with the writing of Stephen King when I read my first book – Carrie gripped me. Then I read another, and another and then The Shining. I loved his writing and devoured his books…until I didn’t. He got weird and I just couldn’t get into some of them. Then some of them became hundreds and hundreds of pages and they were torture to finish. I thought he was returning to his roots when he released Doctor Sleep…almost, yet not quite.
Revival was still almost, yet not quite. While this wasn’t a terribly long book, it still started dragging in the middle of the book. I kept waiting on something to happen. And it did, but not until the last 10% of the book. Even then it didn’t end when it should have. It was rather anticlimactic.
Would I recommend this one? Yes I would. It was a good story. But if you are looking for original horror from the King of Horror, you will most likely be disappointed. Maybe I’m still stuck on REDRUM.
From the book description on Amazon: The Cosgrove Report is both a gripping historical thriller and a new and entirely plausible solution to that still unanswered question: Why was Abraham Lincoln murdered? Republished to coincide with the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, this is a novel of immense power and imagination, based on meticulous research into the government’s official records of the assassination and the forgotten memoirs of many eyewitnesses. The novel opens when a recently discovered nineteenth-century manuscript falls into the hands of modern-day private investigator Michael Croft. His assignment is to verify the historical accuracy of the papers, which reveal the shocking cover-up of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the alleged capture and death of John Wilkes Booth. The manuscript itself, written by Pinkerton detective Nicholas Cosgrove, plunges both Croft and the reader back into post-Civil War Washington, where Cosgrove is hired by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to investigate rumors that Booth is still alive. His search brings him face-to-face with some of the most illustrious people of the period, and exposes a trail of lies and evasions equal to any modern day political scandal.
I struggled with this book. It started off slowly. It did pick up the pace in a few places. The storyline Cosgrove follows is beyond belief a time or two. It put me to mind of Sherlock Holmes in a few places. But then it went too far and too much belief had to be suspended.
I was put off by the language. The language was I’m sure authentic for the time period, but it made for slower reading. And since this was nearly a 500 page book already, it took a long time to wade through it, especially those sections that were slower.
I gave this book three out of five stars. It was written well, but the storyline and I just couldn’t seem to mesh.
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No? Don’t wait. Now is the time for both. We need to help promote Read Tuesday – it is a great one day event (kind of like Black Friday, but just for books).
And if you are an author and have books you want to promote, this is a great avenue for you. But you have to get signed up soon. November is already nearly half over – don’t wait!
Chris says all of this better than I could ever say it – so go read his latest blog about how you can participate – along with all the links.