Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Moss Bluff Book Chat: December 21, 2010

Book Chat is a weekly meeting at the Moss Bluff Library that allows people to get together and discuss what they are currently reading, as well as get ideas on what to read next. Below are a few books readers discussed at the December 21st meeting.

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

In Blackbird House, Alice Hoffman spans several eras with stories about various inhabitants of the titular Blackbird House, a farm house in Cape Cod. The stories begin in colonial times and extend to the modern day, introducing the reader to a variety of rich characters. The characters include an array of strong women, but the novel's charm is Hoffman's ability to tie together several complex and fascinating stories.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner is a Young Adult novel which centers around a teen named Thomas. Thomas awakes in an elevator in the mysterious place known as “The Glade.” Knowing only his name, Thomas is greeted by several other young men who share his lack of memories. The boys have been doing their best to survive while attempting to find a way to escape – the key to which lies in a maze whose pattern changes nightly. The novel is suspenseful and may appeal to reluctant young readers and lovers of dystopian literature alike.

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Another great pick for lovers of thrills and suspense is the Stephen King novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. The main character Trisha is only nine when she becomes separated from her family and lost in the woods for over a week. The novel sees Trisha fight for her life through obstacles ranging from basic survival needs to nightmarish encounters with dangerous creatures. Like most King fare, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is not for the weak of heart and may haunt its readers for years.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Moss Bluff Book Chat: Dec. 14, 2010

Book Chat is a weekly meeting at the Moss Bluff Library that allows people to get together and discuss what they are currently reading, as well as get ideas on what to read next. Below are a few books readers discussed at the December 14th meeting.

Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times – edited by Janet Allured

Louisiana Women collects seventeen biographical essays, which spotlight important women in the state’s history. While the book features pieces on famous figures such as author Kate Chopin and Voodoo figure Marie Leveau, its highlights may be found in lesser-known stories. Readers of Louisiana Women vocalized their fascination with the section on the Baroness de Pontalba, a wealthy businesswoman, whose spirited personality and resilience helped her survive various ordeals, including a gunshot wound. The book can be challenging to tread through at times but is ultimately an interesting read worth the effort.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven is the latest novel by popular author Nicholas Sparks. The story follows Katie, a new member to the small community in Southport, North Carolina. Holding on to dark secrets from her past, Katie initially hesitates to form relationships with those around her. While the novel tends to contain more violence than Sparks’ usual works, the author’s fans should still find it as enjoyable as his past books.

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Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first in an ongoing series of graphic novels from author Joe Hill. The series centers on the Locke family, who have just moved into Keyhouse after their father was murdered. The aptly-named mansion is home to magic keys and doors, in addition to a mysterious and vengeful spirit. Hill, son of Stephen King, pens a promising fantasy/horror tale which is only intensified by Gabriel Rodriguez’s artwork. Locke & Key is a quick read that will leave readers eager to seek the second installment.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Book Byte: The Christmas List

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans
ISBN 9781439150009

James Kier is a very powerful and wealthy real estate mogul. He has done everything possible to get to this status and has no qualms about the unscrupulous things he's done to get there or who he's crushed along the way to his rise to glory.

He's exactly where he wants to be in life - he has a young girlfriend, his business is doing well, he's in the last stages of divorcing his wife - so what if he had her served with the divorce papers on her first day of chemo... or that his son won't talk to him and basically hates him. More or less life is good - until he wakes up one morning and he finds that he is dead.

Well, that's what the paper says. Now Kier's first reaction is to sue the paper but he quickly decides to use his "death" to his advantage. As people he's known throughout his life talk about what a terrible person he was and how glad they are that he is dead, he begins to realize that his "perfect" life is not so wonderful after all. He makes a pact to try to change and embarks on a journey to apologize to the ones he's wronged - but he quickly realizes that's easier said than done.

The list in the title isn’t a conventional reminder for gifts; it’s a roster of the people whom protagonist James Kier has most wronged. Unabashedly heartfelt and sentimental, The Christmas List has all the best elements of a redemptive Yuletide tale.

This is an original twist on a timeless story - it is about love, loss, forgiveness, family, but mostly it is inspiring. A wonderful Christmas read.

Reviewed by Marilyn
Image from: http://www.richardpaulevans.com/books/the-christmas-list