- CHARLESTON IS BURNING / Daniel J. Crooks, Jr. *** Slight volume covering the history of Charleston's major
fires and fire fighting.
- JOHN C. CALHOUN . Margaret L. Coit *** Pretty good (but dated) bio of Calhoun.
- PIED PIPER / Nevil Shute *** The only Shute novel I had never read. Good, but not great.
- THE PEACH KEEPER / Sarah Addison Allen *** Charming, but v-e-r-y- slight novel. Allen has a great way of
creating characters and making magic seem normal, but she is in danger of becoming a parody of herself.
- GIDEON'S SWORD / Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child ** Very poor thriller. Almost as slight as a James
- WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS / Dean Koontz * Awful. Koontz has gotten progressively worse. I guess some
people only have 30 good books in them! I miss the classic (good) Koontz.
- LITTLE BEE / Chris Cleave * Virtually unreadable.
- JOHANNES CABAL THE NECROMANCER / Jonathon L Howard. *** Entertaining but way too much cleverness.
- LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME: EVERYTHING YOUR AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOK GOT WRONG / James W.
Loewen. *** Excellent review of stories American history textbooks don't teach, but I'm sorry, Mr. Loewen,
everything is NOT about race. Maybe in your mind, but not in most people's.
- FOOL: A NOVEL / Christopher Moore ** Docked one star for working too hard to be funny and clever.
- ON THE BEACH / Nevil Shute *** Shute's most famous novel, but not his best by any stretch.
- FREEDOM / Jonathon Franzen ** It's good to see that Franzen's famous novel THE CORRECTIONS was not an
aberation. This book is quite boring also.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
April Reading List
Posted by Mark R. Jones at 5/07/2011 11:54:00 AM