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8. Harmony Black

By Craig Schaefer

Rating:  2.5 out of 5

This is a Kindle book.  I don’t know why I have it-probably a Kindle First book.

This is another supernatural book, but it is a crime novel.  I would classify the previous one as literature.

2/27/16

I’m afraid this book is too silly.  I’m still reading it, but it is silly.

3/3/16

This just isn’t my style, but I am going to finish it.  I’m about 88% through.

Ok, I have to give respect.  The way they caught the bad guy was pretty clever.

Maybe it’s just that this is not my genre, but I think the book was poorly written as well.  I don’t plan to read another book by this author.

7. The Ocean at the End of The lane

By Neil Gaiman

Rating:  5 out of 5

I picked this book up at the lunchroom library where I work.

So far, so good.  Seems to have a touch of the supernatural.

This is a very odd book.  It is a fantasy, I guess.  I’m not really familiar with the fantasy genre, so I don’t know if this qualifies.  It is certainly fantastical.  The author is very creative, I think. It is not odd in a bad way.  I can’t wait to see how it ends.

This is just a crazy, fantastical story, in a good way.  As I said, I’m not really familiar with the fantasy genre, so maybe this kind of stuff goes on in books all the time.  It just seems incredibly creative and well-written to me.

That was one crazy, wild ride of a book!

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6. The Perfect Son

By Barbara Claypool White

Rating:  4 out of 5

This a book I got free from the Kindle Store, probably a Kindle First book.  I’m on page 68, and it looks like it’s going to be a good book.  I think the author must have some personal experience with the subject matter.  If not, she seems to have done great research.

02/15/2016

This book bogged down a little in the middle, but the pace picked up again after that.  It is a good story.  It is realistic without being too sad.

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More Hillary

From an email from Bill Clinton:

Hillary’s not just a change talker, she’s a changemaker. Here’s a story you may not know: When I was governor of Arkansas, our state had six of the poorest counties in America. And Hillary told me how worried she was: “We’ve got all these kids starting school and their parents can’t read — they’ll never catch up. But I read about this program in Israel for new immigrants who teach the parents to become their children’s first teachers. I think it would work here.”

“Great,” I told her. “What are we going to do?”

“Oh, I called the woman who started it. She’ll be here in ten days, and we’re going to start the program.”

Next thing I know, I’m going to graduations for preschoolers all across the state — and then it’s in 26 states, and it’s still thriving.

I didn’t do that. She did that. She hadn’t been elected to anything — she just made something good happen. There are thousands of people in this country today who have better lives, learned more and grew up ready to succeed, just because she’s always cared enough to help the people around her.

5. Don’t Go

By Lisa Scottoline

Rating:  2.5 out of 5

This is the February book club choice.

2/9/16

The protagonist of this book is too dumb for me.  For a doctor, he is pretty oblivious.  This book is at best a 2.5 out of 5 so far.

On page 286, his lawyer says to go buy all new stuff for an apartment.  He says he has all that stuff in storage.  She says we don’t have time to unpack an entire house.  How does it take less time to buy new furnishings for a house that it takes to get them out of storage?

Page 240 – stupid, stupid, stupid

Page 354 – lame, lame, lame, lame

Typos:

  • p70 – “we” should be “he”
  • p71 – “her” should be “their” or something
  • p103 – “raising” should be “raised”
  • p273 – extra “can”

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