A Fifth of The Library Made Me Do It

Summer reading program is almost over though I am finished completely.  The party was Wednesday night so it’s all done.  Don’t worry I’ll have more books to write about. 

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Two Novellas along a few short stories all set in Africa.  All told from the point of view of a child. Nairobi, Kenya at Christmas told through the eyes of a ten year old boy whose oldest sister (12) is a part-time prostitute to support the family.  A brother and sister who are sold into slavery by their uncle though they don’t now that until the very end.  A Muslim teen who is escaping his fellow Muslims even though he submitted to Sharia law and had his hand cut off for theft. Two six year old girls whose parents are divided by religion and belief.  Rwanda through the eyes of a girl who sees her own father kill her own mother because of Hutu-Tutsi violence.  A very excellent read.

A definite recommend

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Mystery with international intrigue and the archeological hunt for objects from the Second Temple in Jerusalem.  Between the theft of archeological artifacts, the deliberate destruction under the Temple Mound, the journey through Time, the flooding of the Coliseum this book keeps you on your toes.  There are a few minor historical inaccuracies but they aren’t that relevant and don’t detract.

A definite recommend

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How did we go from tribes to the governments we have today? And what are some of the elements necessary for a state to exist?  That’s what this book covers from Ancient China which developed bureaucracy before Christ but not a rule of law which plays an important part in stabilizing governments up to the French Revolution.  He does get a but repetitive but only to reinforce a point.  And he does admit in the beginning that he is biased which helped me to accept conclusions I didn’t and don’t agree with.  I do disagree with several elements he brought into the book but overall it was a decent read.

A recommend

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Let’s twist Southern history on it’s head and try to repeat it.  Read my review at http://pacboxbooks.wordpress.com under Forty Acres: A Review.

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The second Inspector Lynley novel.  It’s interesting to read the books after having seen the BBC series first (which I now want to watch again). This one involves the murder of a playwright in Scotland and Lynley is called in because the director is a fellow peer. This book has lots of twists and turns and has you guessing who done it till the end.

A definite recommend

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The first in the Rizzoli and Isles books though Isles isn’t in this one.  Well developed plot.  No unnecessary information.  The medical stuff is spot on but then the writer used to be a doctor.

Someone is killing young women in Boston and removing their uterus.  But this isn’t the first time this happened though those cases took place in another city.  And there’s a survivor.  Again, you don’t know who the killer is until the end but it’s interesting to get there.

A definite recommend

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The Maori version of Inspector Rebus.  I kid you not.  Excellent read though it takes a few pages to get going because you’re given relevant info in the beginning that won’t make sense until the end of the book.  Contract killer? That’s the stuff of movies but in this case it’s the truth and why Tito Ihaka was sent to the boonies when he refused to close the case of a wife hit by a car.

A definite recommend

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Poetry.  I read this on a whom wanting to expand my reading genres.  Interesting.

A recommend

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Yes, I’ve started reading more Y.A.  This is good light reading for me.  The characters are entertaining and the author has taken a page from Terry Pratchett and made.fairies, goblins, trolls, and the like characters with attitude, if not a lot of sense.

A definite recommend

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The third Inspector Lynley novel.  Murder of a student at a boarding school.  This one really points out the differences in social status of the students (rich, historical families) and how that plays a role.  There is a whole lot of backstory to the victim which is fascinating to watch develop and to see how that info ends up changing the color of the motive.

A definite recommend

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The first in the People of North America stories (though don’t necessarily have to be read in order).  This one deals with the migration of people over the Bering Straight into what is today Alaska.  Power struggles, war, love, spiritual battles all play a role.

A recommend

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The third novel in the series (library didn’t have the second).  It is funny that a Chicago gangster plays a part.  Artemis has created a computer made from fairy tech and it’s fallen into the wrong hands.  Now he has to get it back but he needs the help of his fairy friends.  Did I mention Butler, Artemis’s protector, has been fatally wounded?  This is more light reading for me and I enjoyed the book.

A definitely recommend

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