Friday, March 8, 2013

Big Sis' Books - February 2013

Short month?  Short book list...

Night Magic, Karen Robards (Kindle edition) - Clara is a romance author, but that's all the romance in her life.  She lives with Puff, her cat.  Unfortunately Puff is also the code name of a rogue CIA agent who's being chased by the Russian mob.  I needed a little something to read, and for $2.99, this was the one I chose.  I'm a huge fan of Karen Robards, but this is one of her earlier ones and, well, it's not her best, but it was fun and certainly worth the cost!

Touch & Go, Lisa Gardner (Kindle edition) - The Denbes are the perfect family, or at least that's how it looks.  No one on the outside knows Justin and Libby aren't sharing a room anymore, and no one knows their marriage is shaky. They don't know their own daughter Ashlyn knows things aren't what they say they are.  All of a sudden the family is missing.  Kidnapped.  And eventually the ransom call comes in.  And eventually we find out all sorts of things about the Denbes, and about the kidnappers, and about Tessa Leoni, the private investigator hired by Justin's construction company to find the Denbes.

Alex Cross, Run, James Patterson - This was an AWESOME serial murderer story starring, as usual, Alex Cross.  I don't want to give away anything, but beautiful young women are being murdered, young men are being murdered.  Are they being murdered by the same person?  Who is doing it?  Do bodies in Florida have anything to do with the deaths in DC?

Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander - Do you believe in heaven?  In life after death?  Dr. Alexander didn't.  At least not before he had a near-death-experience (NDE) of his own after he developed bacterial menengitis from an e coli infection.  He has made it his life's work to not only be the outstanding brain surgeon he was before the "episode," but he is now trying to show what he went through in an effort to help prove we don't just disappear after death.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Middle Sister's February 2013 Reads

February was a short month that flew by. That's my excuse for only reading three books. Well, that and I was trying to slog through Les Mis, which I abandoned. It's well-written, but honestly, it's so stinking long...I stopped caring what happened to Fantine.

Last Ape Standing: The Seven Million Year Story of How and Why We Survived by Chip Walter I admit it--I've fallen behind in keeping on top of paleoanthrology news. Yea, I read the news feeds and the New York Times articles when new fossils are found, but I haven't had to teach this stuff in almost 20 years, and there's just too much I do have to keep up with. I thought this would be a  (hopefully) painless way to update myself on the latest in hominins and hominids. Painless it was--and with very recent data, and funny, and a quick read to boot. Walter's writing style is a bit droll and bit sarcastic and I loved it. I could envision a great PBS documentary being made out of this book (well, with me reading it in my head, anyway, it came across as having great A/V potential). Highly recommended if the last you heard about human evolution was Lucy.

Victorian Lace Today by Alexis Xenakis  Gorgeous, gorgeous lace shawls and stoles. So far above my knitting skill level, I can't even see that bar. Maybe someday. I can dream about making and wearing one of these someday, though. Beautifully photographed and laid out.

Shawls Two by Trisha Malcolm All right. more my speed. There were 3 or 4 stoles I want to make out of here. Nice photographs, although the small size of the book itself was a surprise. Bigger is always better when it comes to photographs and patterns.

Tainted Mountain by Shannon Baker This really shouldn't be listed, as I gave up in disgust after chapter 8. I should have liked this book. It takes place in Flagstaff. I love Flag. It involves the very controversial and timely idea of artificially making snow to be deposited on a mountain sacred to the local tribes. This is a ongoing argument here, so very topical. I didn't like it one bit. I didn't like one single character. I need to at least have some sympathy for the main character, and I disliked Nora Abbott intensely from the beginning. Every single character is two-dimensional, mean, and utterly, utterly self-absorbed and narrow-minded. I wish I could have liked it. I really hate panning a book completely, but for only the second time, I'm going to write: stay away from this book.