A new batch of book reviews

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July 13, 2017 by jacklovelace

Camino Island: A Novel

 

A new batch of mostly book reviews from me as posted on Amazon:
Grisham has really honed his craft to the point where he writes like no one else. His books read like
a documentary without any fake devices or hyped up drama. But they are fascinating and believable
and he still surprises with the devil in the detail. By the time I finish, I’m satisfied and I feel like I’ve
been in the hands of a master. As much as we praise him and wait for the next book, I still am not sure we really appreciate just how special he is.

Boeing Boeing
Boeing Boeing
DVD ~ Jerry Lewis
Offered by Jumpin joe’s deals
Price: $14.99
4 used & new from $9.23

2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and bad slapstick, June 13, 2017
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This review is from: Boeing Boeing (DVD)
Went to see this as a play that was amusing and I was curious about how it played back in the day.
Watched this movie expecting it to be badly sexist and dreading Jerry Lewis.
In fact, it wasn’t as painful as I expected in the treatment of the women. And Lewis actually
acts instead of mugging most the time.
But the movie is not fun to watch. Slow and slapstick in the worst way.
Go see the play with some changes that have made it better than this.

Since We Fell: A Novel
Since We Fell: A Novel
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good in patches, June 13, 2017
Rachel is an interesting character, but she grows tiresome at times, just like this overwrought book.
I give it a third star because the twist and turns are interesting and the writing is good.
I was so tired of her husband by the end I was rooting for it and him to be over. Not a good sign for a reader.
Still, the patches are good enough to recommend it, mildly.

Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV
Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV
by Joe Buck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.66
106 used & new from $7.13

4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to spend a few hours, June 13, 2017
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I was curious if he would keep his St. Louis focus while trying to reach a national audience. He does. to the point that if you are a St. Louis
person and Cardinal fan it really resonates. If not, less so. Buck really broods over how he is perceived, way more than me. I always thought he is a good broadcaster.
There are plenty of anecdotes, some of them really good, and the book moves quickly and well.
If you are interested in his dad, Jack Buck, you get all you could ever want. Some would say too much, but not me.
For me, this was a good way to spend a few hours.

Testimony
Testimony
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A real mixed bag, June 13, 2017
This review is from: Testimony (Kindle Edition)
I waver between three and four stars.
Turow writes well and the setup is interesting. He doesn’t get bogged down in the courtroom for which I was thankful.
The main character is someone you grow to care about. And the few action scenes are riveting.
On the downside, the core plot grows tiresome to the point where I didn’t care about “the truth” at the end.
A letdown. thus the just ok rating.

Dragon Teeth: A Novel
Dragon Teeth: A Novel
by Michael Crichton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.04
101 used & new from $11.00

5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise!, May 29, 2017
I can’t believe how good this book is. Usually they scrape the bottom of the barrel after these good authors die to find new product.
This book is such a page turner they could have released it while he was alive and we would have been happy to find him on his game.
Great mix of history and high adventure.

Stolen Beauty: A Novel
Stolen Beauty: A Novel
by Laurie Lico Albanese
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.60
70 used & new from $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel stories that are both riveting, May 23, 2017
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A terrific book. Parallel stories are tricky, and it is very difficult to make both of them work well.
She does it.
The story of Adele and Klimt and making of the now famous painting is intriguing and nicely told.
The story of the family member escaping Germany and then fighting for the painting to return to the family is suspenseful.
The writing is almost spare and always lively, and even though most everyone who knows the the Woman in Gold story knows how it ends, the closing is still powerful.
Right at the top among my favorite books I have read this year.

American War: A novel
American War: A novel
by Omar El Akkad
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.88
92 used & new from $10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating world and fascinating characters, May 19, 2017
This is book is really impressive. It creates an America gone to hell in a believable fashion. But more importantly,
it gives us characters we care about to tell us a story that really flies from beginning to end.
I am drawn to these future apocalypse books but rarely satisfied. They either create a world that
is hard to grab on to, or one that has wooden characters.
El Akkad not only avoids both shortcomings but creates a gritty, painful, yet emotionally grabbing world
that will linger.
Really fine book.

Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels)
Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels)
by Greg Iles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.49
111 used & new from $8.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars Get a grip: This book is not without flaws, May 15, 2017
I think reviewers of this book must be drinking large amounts of kool-aid.
The trilogy was engrossing. There are great scenes, fine drama, much to enjoy.
But c’mon.
It is way overwritten, way overwrought.
The twists and turns and squirting out information is more maddening than pleasurable at times.
I don’t believe the events could unfold this way in the real world with violent act after violent act
while a laughably bad FBI and corrupt government structure just watch..
There is a feeling of hopelessness to all this in terms of things ever really getting better.
And after all the twists and turns, we are obviously set up for another round of Knox and Penn tales.
Will I dive into the 800 pages on the next saga. Yes.
But not without a sense of the shortcomings that are alongside the strengths that have gone before.

Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies (Spenser)
Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies (Spenser)
by Ace Atkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.84
92 used & new from $10.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the faith, May 14, 2017
The formula is followed and the formula works.
Spenser stays true to form under Atkins and you could have read this book while Parker
was churning them out and thought he wrote it.
That is a compliment.

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