Friday, November 12, 2010

Books of the Week

"The Art of Racing in the Rain"  by Garth Stein.

This novel is wonderful. I find myself recommending it to customers all the time.  It is unique, original and thought provoking.   This book speaks to the animal lover in all of us.  The dog (Enzo) narrates the story and talks directly to us.  He observes the people in his life and understands them better than they understand themselves.   He watches TV and is a fan of car races.  He knows things, understands things and loves more deeply than any human.  I have customers tell me how much they liked this book.  It is impossible not to love Enzo and  his humans.

"The Casebook of Sheriff Pete Benson"  by John S. Fitzpatrick

Meet Sheriff Pete Benson a former big city policy detective.  He loved his job it was intense, dangerous and 24/7.  But he had a wife and two kids, he made a choice.  Now he is the sheriff in Rhyolite County, Montana.  Rodgersburg, the county seat is his beat now and it is where he and his family live.  The people (for the most part) are good, honest, friendly and at times a bit quirky.  He knows most everyone and they know him, he gets the daily gossip from the regulars at the Apex bar.  Of course even in paradise trouble sometimes come calling.  Fortunately, Sheriff Pete Benson is on the job. 
John S. Fitzpatrick is also the author of the novel, "Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles."

"Ranger's Apprentice:  Halt's Peril"  by John Flanagan

The author of the terrific series "Ranger's Apprentice" lives in Austraila.  He began writing an epic fantasy for his son, Michael, in order to encourage him to read.  That story eventually became "The Ruins of Gorlan," book 1 of the Ranger's Apprentice books.  "Halt's Peril" is book 9 the the New York Times bestselling series.  This story continues this action packed fantasy series.  It is fast paced and leaves us wanting more.  I love these books and they are one of my favorite young adult reads.

"Towers of Midnight" by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

"Towers of Midnight" is book 13 in the Wheel of Time series and to quote a customer "Brandon Sanderson is as good an author as Robert Jordan."  Bear in mind this customer wasn't sure he wanted to read the last books of this series after the death of Robert Jordan.  He was skeptical that anyone would be able to do this saga justice.  But Brandon Sanderson has done just that.  This is the next to last novel in this epic series.  The subplot is reaching some conclusions and we are reunited with characters that have been separated by time, space and several books.  There is also the reintroduction of the minions of the Dark One.  "Towers of Midnight" is a great segway to the rest of this series.

"The Confession" by John Grisham

"For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside"  Such is the case in John Grisham's newest legal thriller "The Confession."  Donte Drumm was a highschool football star when he was accused of abducting, raping and strangling a popular cheerleader.  One lawyer believes in Donte's innocence and another man knows he is innocent of the crime.  Donte is on death row, days away from his execution, hoping for a miracle.  The true killer is suffering from a brain tumor and is maybe looking for some redemption.  In true Grisham fashion this story has you hoping for a miracle, cheering for the underdog and forcing you to face the reality on injustice.

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