Friday, February 27, 2009
by Tess Gerritsen
Tess Gerritsen was a medical doctor who wrote suspenseful romances on the side, and then eventually moved on to Medical Thrillers starring Boston medical examiner Maura Isles. From there she broaden out to Detective Jane Rizzoli and straight forward police murder investigations, though both characters interact within her fictional Boston.
The Keepsake begins with a young woman with a mysterious past being stalked and having strangely preserved bodies turning up. Bodies like a mummy and a shrunken head. Through investigation the woman's past starts to come to light, and the conspiracy surrounding it. Well worth the read and it can be read independently even though it is in a long series of books. The over arching plot of the series is less than 5% of the story, so it still makes sense out of order.
I have read all Gerritsen's books* and can highly recommend them all.
*I haven't read the early romances, but I might one day because I really like her writing.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I of course feel compelled to question his Uncle and learn the facts of said incident, especially given the sore butt. It turns out that JT had such a collossal poop that he not only hurt his butt, he clogged the toilet right up. He gets that from his mom's side.
Friday, February 20, 2009
A short little mystery starring the Private Eye Phil Knight and his brilliant, morbidly obese, Notre Dame philosophy professor brother. This is the first of a series of mysteries set on the Notre Dame campus, which is where the author has a day job (he is also the author of the Father Dowling mysteries). Anyways, a university trustee has been murdered; then the prime suspect, her bitter ex-husband, is also killed. The duo quietly investigates until uncovering the conspiracy under it all. Not that gripping, but at a scant 200 pages it went fast.
By Anita Shreve
First of all I listened to this book on CD and it was brilliant. Produced by Hachette Audio it was read by 14 different voice actors, each highlighting different characters in the story. This made it almost like a radio play and the narrative really flew by. I will be avidly looking for more books by the same group.
The story was also quite moving, focusing on a small sex scandal at a private New England boarding school and all the horrific repercussions. From the victim who wasn’t and the perpetrators who were; and the lies, abuse, cover-ups, and conspiracies, one innocent event literally destroys many lives. A good reminder that our behaviors have consequences.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
by John Harvey
The other book I read was the second in John Harvey’s Charlie Resnick series. Charlie is a police detective on the Nottingham police force investigating a series of burglaries that are very similar to ones he saw ten years previous. Of course this leads to a deeper conspiracy which must be uncovered. The whole thing is interlaced with sad story of his personal life.
John Harvey is a prolific writer who has only gotten better over time. I started with another series he wrote, the Frank Elder books, just recently and came to love his style. I say this because the Resnick books were among his first and while these early ones are okay, I am only sticking with them because I know the writer he will become. So start with the newer series or his recent stand alones to meet the author, and then hit the early Resnick books to really enjoy his development as a writer over time (there are 11 books in the series)
TV was read a few books.
Silence of the Grave
By Arnaldur Indritason
As you can imagine Icelandic fiction isn’t that easy to get hold of here in Minnesota, but my library does have a few of these modern police procedurals starring detective Erlunder and his cohorts. I have been enjoying them because they remind me of one of my favorite authors Henning Mankell. Anyways, an old skeleton is dug up at a construction site and the police set out to uncover a 50 year old mystery surrounded by lies, abuse, shame, suicides, and cover-ups. Luckily Iceland is so small and contained, the truth eventually finds it way out to a satisfying ending. Indritason’s books are great fun by themselves, or if you just want to get a feel for Iceland (via a Law & Order vibe). Like I said, I am prepared for my vacation if any one…
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
US News & World Report released their Most Popular Colleges Survey, based on reports from the students (i.e. the students chose to be there among other markers). It turns out among private colleges Berea (my sister’s school) ranked #4, and on the big overall list of National Colleges my very own BYU ranked #2.
Story of my family, no thinking crowd followers who make the safe popular choices.
--Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell
--Rapper Lil’ Kim
--Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor
--“Jackass” wild man Steve-O
--Actress and reality show star Denise Richards
--Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson
--Rodeo star Ty Murray (who is also Jewel’s husband)
--Actor and comedian David Alan Grier
--“Sex and The City” guy candy Gilles Marini
--Country singer Chuck Wicks (who is also Julianne Hough’s boyfriend)
--Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle
--Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak
I am predicting right now the winner – David Alan Grier – and here is why
He is not afraid of looking silly
He is capable of swishing the hips
He is a nice guy that can win over the audience.
Who do you see winning just based on the names alone?
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
by Peter Greenberg
A great book that takes the time to explain through clear examples how air travel works. I simply thought I booked a seat, went to the airport, and rode to my destination. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes and it is well worth the read if you want to have a better, and more importantly, a cheaper flight. He also spends time on car rental, cruises, hotels, luggage, and most other travel related topics. I will probably read all his books to be prepared for our vacation in June.
Up Till Now
By William Shatner & David Fisher
Occasionally I like to throw a biography into my reading mix; sometimes it is serious and now and again completely frivolous. Up Until now was a brilliant book who opens up the man who is comfortable with himself.
- It can take a really long time for being an actor to pay off.
- While he never got that "make you a big star" role, he did manage to become identifiable throughout the world with the jobs he took to pay the rent.
- Some members of Star Trek really don't like him.
- There has been some real sorrow in his life.
- He doesn't take himself too seriously, which is the key to being awesome.
- He is Canadian
What we didn't learn:
- Does he wear a Toupee
The one disagreement I have with his assessment, Shatner and Spader (as Crane & Shore) do not share the closest nonsexual male bond on television - for me that will always be JD and Turk.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I go to the store to make a small beverage purchase and pick up my coat from the dry cleaning desk – but it turns out I forgot my wallet at home. When the stores insist on cash now for your purchases, well, Al Queda has won.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
by Cornelia Read
A straight forward mystery which keeps you guessing pretty much until the end. I listen to this on tape as I went about my day and the woman reading it, Hillary Huber, nailed the voice perfectly.
Madeline Dare is a new teacher at a school for the mentally unstable, a place where desperate parents pay a lot of money for someone to take their kids off their hands. Unfortunately the people in charge are even crazier. When the bodies start adding up with all the evidence pointing at Dare - she is left to prove herself innocent.
A very good mystery, but be aware it is book two with this character. You may want to start with book one because her past is mentioned occasionally.
by Christopher Buckley
Buckley writes very funny political books that are very quick to read. This is my 4th or 5th one, and they have all been great. This book looks at Middle Eastern relations when a recently fired state department worker, Florence, is given the opportunity to try and disable the region by creating a woman centered TV station in Matar. Much chaos ensues and the sad part is the extreme events are probably not to far off from the truth.
Read all of Buckley's works - while some characters carry through the books, they can all be read independently.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
1) I know the formulation for SPAM® Luncheon Meat
2) I read approximately 125 books per year. all genres
3) I only dated girls whose first name ended with the last letter A, not intentionally, I just noticed it in hindsight (Vanessa, Theresa, Pamela, Gina, Lisa, etc.)
4) I grew 2 more inches in height (I specify height because I know what my friends are like) when I was 20.
5) After I saw the movie ET I didn't open my closet for a month.
6) For most of my college life I went by the name Howie.
7) Lisa and I dated/courted through letters. We met our freshman year at college (same dorm complex) and then only saw each other approximately 3 weeks in the next 3 years prior to meeting at the chapel in Chicago the day before the wedding.
8) I walked home from the hospital after the vasectomy, the only patient to have ever done that at my clinic.
9) My first real kiss was at 14 with Julie Pitt from Sellersburg Indiana.
10) I had a very severe episode of ITP when I was 31 years old
11) I get really motion sick. Body Wars at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World - WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.
12) When my 1970's peers were rocking out to KISS I was totally loving ABBA.
13) I got my undergraduate degrees at BYU in Psychology and Family Science. My intention was to become a Marriage Counselor, but after working with the mentally ill and the juvenile jail system I decided I did not have the patience to listen to people whine about their problems all day.
14) Thomas S. Monson, Wilt Chambelain, Kim Catrall, Hayden Panetteire, Carrie-Anne Moss, and I all share the same birthday, August 21. We meet up in St. Louis for the party.
15) Having lived all over the world, I have now lived in Austin Minnesota the longest.
16) I cannot tolerate Wheat anymore, even a little bit makes my Ilium very CRANKY.
17) Anytime I hear someone use a word that rhymes with Fart in a conversation, I make the substitution in my mind and laugh on the inside.
18) I had a BCC (skin Cancer) removed from the tip of my nose.
19) One of my youth leaders when I was a kid (and used to get rides home with), ended up sexually assaulting a young kid and then beating the whole family to death with a cricket bat.
20) I tend to think of myself as funny, but haven grown up English culturally, not a lot of that humor translates in America. When that happens, Lisa will just tell them he's European. Odd thing is everyone has accepted that as a valid excuse.
21) At Junior Prom I went with Kara as friends (and at the last minute), we were the only couple not to get pictures and I still feel bad about that.
22) I dropped out of college twice - first when I got really bad mono, and then after my son was born. It took me about 9 years.
23) I was a vegan for 5 years.
24) My name while my Mom was pregnant was going to be Beauregard Cornelius; I only got a reprieve shortly before birth.
25) I had my slot to become a Missile Launch Officer in the USAF (the key turner guy in the silo) but passed a few weeks prior to my final commitment
I remember getting a few rides home from him as a youth. He was just a little off, and sometimes you could get a sense of some hidden anger underneath it all - but the ultimate conclusion was quite a surprise when I saw his face plastered across all the newspapers while I was on my mission.
Here is a short blurb in a recent copy of the Sun newspaper (thanks to my friend Kristy). You notice they leave out the pedophilia and the tree/rope portion. And here is one of the pictures I have of him from my younger days; Peter Robak is the really big guy front and center.