Sunday, March 27, 2011


The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valliant, 2010, is an excellent book. Well researched, interesting wanderings off on different topics but the main story is always there and keeps you reading. It's a story about an Amur tiger in the far east region of Russia, and how endagered they are. Very good book.

Video of John talking about the book

Listening to The King's Speech by Mark Logue, 2010, Lionel's grandson. Very interesting book, Lionel must have been quite a man, as was the king.

Just started and like The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu 2008. Main character runs a shop Washington, D.C. He's an Ethiopian immigran,t Stepha Stephanos regularly meets with fellow African immigrants Ken the Kenyan and Joe from the Congo. Their favorite game is matching African nations to coups and dictators, as they consider how their new immigrant expectations measure up to the reality of life in America after 17 years. It's going to be sad, I know, but it's well written..

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

not a good book

The Ape House by Sara Gruen, 2010, was a disappointment. Nothing much to like about it, the plot is far fetched, the characters a pain. I liked the apes. Hard to believe she wrote Water for Elephants, a book I liked very much. I would not recommend the Ape House to anyone. Her first book was dribble though so maybe she's a very inconsitent writer.

I am really enjoying This Book is Overdue though. Written by Marilyn Johnson, 2010, it's a non-fiction book about libraries and librarians as they have changed moving into the digital age. Brings out my wish-I-was-a-librarian urges again.

And I've started another John Lawton book. I do like this man - or likes the way her writes at any rate. Bluffing Mr. Churchill it's titled in the UK, not here. Riptide here, I think. The best part of his books is it doesn't matter what order you read them in. I like that.