Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rules of Prey (John Sandford)

This started off as a desperation read... you see I had too many fines... I mean hadn't made a trip to the library... to check out books, so I snatched one off PB's pile.

Really I did have an inordinate amount of fines which the nice library man was good enough to help me out with. I couldn't find one of my audiobooks and the fine structure at our library book just increased dramatically, but mostly I guess I am just an irresponsible borrower.

Anyway, this turned out to be a good read and to top it off it was the first book in the Lucas Davenport series. Which includes 17 other books and therefore qualifies it as one of the longest series I've ever tried to read.

I think Sandford is a former / current reporter and two journalists are major figures in this novel about a cop who is JUST this side of being a bad cop - he has killed 5 (now 6) men in the line of duty and has no qualms about planting evidence if he needs to. Which out to make people (especially me, a big flaming liberal) hate him, but really I liked him in spite of myself.

It ought to be interesting to see what the do with the plot of his pregnant girlfriend. I think I will keep reading the series despite the fact that all the titles cheesily have the word "prey" in them.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Good Guy Dean Koontz

Read it, liked it, review forthcoming.

Remember Me? (Sophie Kinsella)

This was a fun read from the author of the Shopaholic series. About a woman who develops retrograde amnesia and forgot about turning into a "super bitch boss" during the last three years of her life. I really liked it for a chic lit book, but then I usually do like her books. This one had a more interesting plot I think. Would highly recommend.

Obedience (Will Lavender)

PB suggested I listen to this book and I feel guilty telling him I don't like very much. I guess because what's supposed to be the central theme of the book - obedience and how it was / can be illustrated in social psychological experiments - is very poorly carried out. I don't really see how Milgram really relates to any of this, besides the surface similarities in that each are studies that involved high amounts of deceptions.

in the book, the study we read about.. well... it's not really very interesting and it didn't really demonstrate much of anything about human behavior. I don't know. Glad I finished it.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Khalid Hosseini

loved both these:

The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns

wish i had more time to write about them.