Monday, October 3, 2011

Books of 2011 - September

1.Jack, Knave and Fool . Fiction by Bruce Alexander. Series mystery. These are very atmospheric and engrossing mysteries with a likeable narrator. I'm not so sure I like some of the "new" characters introduced in this book but I can reserve judgment a while longer.

2. Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope. Nonfiction by Trevin Wax. Here's one of my few claims to fame: I knew Trevin Wax when I was growing up in Tennessee. We even had the same piano teacher. This book is excellent (and not just because I once knew the author) and worth reading. The gospel is such a powerful, dynamic thing - why do we settle for counterfeits?

And, just as an aside, I can't tell you how humbling it is to realize I have just written down in my commonplace book a quotation from a man my age and whom I knew as a child. What have I done with my time? I can tell you what I haven't done: I haven't written two books which you can order on Amazon. (le sigh)

3.Brimstone in the garden. Fiction by Elizabeth Cadell. Strange, very strange.I usually love these vintage stories but this one was just odd and there's no other way to put it. I suppose the title ought to have warned me. This book has ghosts, "devils", and only a very hazy semblance of a plot.

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go. Fiction by Patrick Ness. Also:

5. The Ask and the Answer

6. Monsters of Men

The three above books are called the Chaos Walking series. On the planet on which these books are set everyone can hear men's thoughts (but not the women's. Which, yes, causes a whole 'nother set of problems). Philip read these and passed them onto me, and, while they are intriguing, they were not really my cup of tea. There are varying levels of profanity, violence, and other negative elements throughout the three books. These are marketed to young adults so parents beware: if your teenager brings these home you may want to at least read them yourself so you can know what's going on.

7.Writing World War II: A Student's Guide. Nonfiction by Sylvie Murray. A scholarly, if somewhat dry, look (including commentary with a different point of view) at how the Second World War is presented in American textbooks.

8.Please Don't Eat the Daisies. Nonfiction by Jean Kerr. Very funny essays upon which the popular Doris Day movie (which I have never seen) is based. I actually laughed out loud reading this and read much of it aloud to Philip (whether he wanted to hear it or not).

9.Churchill's War Lab: Codebreakers, Scientists, and the the Mavericks Churchill Led to Victory. Nonfiction by Taylor Downing. Doesn't really break any new ground but makes for fascinating reading just the same. (I'm not sure it's even possible to make Churchill not fascinating.)

10.Penny Candy. Nonfiction by Jean Kerr. Yes, another collection of essays. I really enjoyed this one too.

11.Legends , Lies & Cherished Myths of World History. Nonfiction (?) by Richard Shenkman. My somewhat ironic question mark above is because, while this book is admirably attempting to correct popular misconceptions, it seems to promote as many myths as it "debunks". I'm not sure what sources Mr. Shenkman considers unimpeachable but, as he rarely gives sources, it's hard to take him seriously anyway, no matter how much he obviously loves the sound of his own voice.

12.Death of a Colonial . Fiction by Bruce Alexander. Yet another in the series. (See #1 above.) This story is related to the previous book so I'm glad I read them just a few weeks apart. Still didn't like the new girl.

Totals for September:
Fiction: 6
Non-fiction: 6

Did you read anything interesting in September? Share in the comments!
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1 comment:

Karin said...

You are not only an avid, you are a voracious reader - that's more than avid isn't it? Haven't had any time to read a book. I did pick up a few, perused them if I want to keep them, and packed them away for our upcoming move! That's as close as I got to reading!

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