Third Time’s the Charm: The Library Made Me Do It

Another sequel.  And sequels typically tank.  Especially the Police Academy movies.  But this is about books so we should be okay.

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The latest Inspector Rebus mystery.  I actually love thus author and have read most of the Inspector Rebus books, at least all the ones the library has.  This one has Rebus back from retirement with several murders.  The first case that pops up isn’t a miser but a car crash or smash, as it’s called in Scotland.  But there is also an investigation into a murder from.when Rebus first started with the police.  Inspector Matthew Fox is brought in to investigate that.  Fox is another Inspector series that Rankin has written and it’s interesting to see them interact in the same book.  I love reading mystery novels from other countries. It’s interesting to see how these police departments work and the characters are fascinating

A definite recommend.

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My knowledge of apartheid in South Africa is very limited.  This book covers the massacre of Sharpeville starting with the first chapter relating first person accounts of that day.  Lodge actually starts out with the political and historical events that proceed Sharpeville starting with the decade before events, covers the shooting and deaths, covers events after especially in Cape Town, covers anti apartheid movements especially in Ireland, and covers up to the recent past. 

Overall, this book was excellent.  Very in depth.  My biggest issue lay with me because I had no real knowledge of apartheid except as a repressive ideological political system so having a human connection was lacking.  This book helped though I still felt a lack of a connection to the victims.  It was an excellent book even if I was a little lost occasion.

A definite recommend.

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Typically, American history taught in schools doesn’t really teach about what happened to Native Americans.  There are books about it and it does get mentioned but there is no real depth.  Hoxie write this book thirty years ago because of that fact and looks at the federal government angle versus the Native American angle.  Hoxie covers the politics, laws, beliefs, and programs that Congress enacted.  He covers the growth of racism especially in how the hierarchy of whites on top, Native Americans and African American/descendants of slaves were on the bottom.  How they weren’t really human, how they couldn’t be trusted, how they needed to be taken care of as if they were dis-abled children.  Again, a very excellent read.

A definite recommend.

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This was the last in the Shadowmarch series of four books.  I recommend the series even if it takes a but if slogging through all the information overload in the first.

Crazy leaders, assassins, fairies but not the cute, cuddly kind, people of all shapes and sizes, a king held for random, a throne under contention these books have it all.  The Eddon family has rules Southmarch for generations even if the current king is being held for random.  Then his eldest son does and his daughter, the Princess Briony, acts as regent.  But then the fairies come to take back what is theirs.  More acts of treason and Briony escapes.  Her brother Barrick is lost in the land of the fairies.  Add in the crazy autarch Sulepis with his mad plan to wake the god’s and it’s engaging.  A lot happens and some things take a while to fully coalesce but it’s worth the time.  Read the chapter headers because they provide important info as well.

A definite recommend.

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Mormon fundamentalists.  Always a good time.  Musser not only covers her time with in the FLDS as the 19th wife of Rulon Jeffs but also the actions and behaviors of Warren Jeffs.  She covers her escape as well as testifying against Jeffs.  The Yearning For Zion ranch is covered along with the discovery of child abuse and the rape of a twelve year old girl that had been recorded.  Musser covers the trials of those FLDS members that were charged with Warren Jeffs being convicted of the rape of a child. 

You should read this book along with the two books by Carolyn Jessop to gain a good understanding of how the FLDS operates, how men and women were and are treated, and why their actions and many of their beliefs are criminal.

A definite recommend

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Having read Rosemary’s Baby, I decided to read more of Ira Levin.  I kind of wish I hasn’t.  He’s not a bad writer, just predictable.  Supposedly a suspense riddled book, this one fell flat.  It does have an interesting premise: being watched without knowing.  And that premise is interesting in light of the popularity and celebrity of reality TV but overall the book just didn’t deliver.

Not likely to recommend

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