Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach 2011 / 515 pages rating 9 This is one lovely and finely crafted  novel – spellbinding might be a good word.   But it’s thematically very complex with themes layered and marbled through … Continue reading

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Washington: A Life

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow 2010 / 928 pages rating 9.5 (about as high as I’ll give a biography) The life of George Washington has been mythologized almost to the point of fiction over the centuries and it is … Continue reading

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Zuleika Dobson

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beirbohm 1919 / 170 pages rating – 8   (in large part for originality) When the Oxford College Warden’s granddaughter comes to visit him at school all the men fall in love with her at first … Continue reading

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The Drop

The Drop by Michael Connelly 2011/ Audio read by Peter Giles rating 7 (very good for a detective novel) Reading three Connelle books virtually back-to-back is amazing.  I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would.  I did take … Continue reading

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Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 2011 – 272 pages Rating 1 Okay –  I really disliked the book – actively.   I should go answer the questions about why people finish books.  I guess I finished because I was curious … Continue reading

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The Reversal

The Reversal by Michael Connelly audio – 2010 detective – rating 7 When Mickey Haller, defense attorney,  gets a call to join the prosecution and  retry an old murder case he is doubtful.  But as he joins his ex-wife on … Continue reading

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Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons Michael Connelly detective fiction 2010 – audio rating 7 ( high for detective) Harry Bosch strikes again (for the umpteenth time).  This time he’s after a man who shot and killed a small grocery owner but who might … Continue reading

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