Vampire novels are a big thing these days. I admit it. I enjoy reading horror stories and I am always looking for a good vampire book that has a different twist; a new angle. This new book, by first time author Barbeau, did not disappoint. Besides being a good who-dunnit, it draws upon the premise that several famous Hollywood actors were vampires: Orson Wells, Peter Lorre., Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Rudolf Valentino, Mary Pickford, Jack The Ripper. . .the list is endless! The Hollywood queen vampire is Ovsanna Moore, who has truly had to reinvent herself over the last 500 years. A vampire hunter is killing off several of her studio's stars and business partners. The ancient vampires have given her less than a week to find the hunter and destroy him before they are forced to destroy her to save themselves. The hero is Beverly Hills Police detective, Peter King. He is a Warm. A human. He is in charge of the multiple murder case and through his investigation, is uncovering too much information regarding Ms. Moore's past. His boss has given him less than a week to bring in the killer. Time is not on either side. Survival reaches new levels. This campy novel reads fast and has a quick hook. It will be interesting to see if there is a sequel.
There are two central characters in this gripping mystery written by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson. At the beginning of the story, crusading financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist finds himself on the losing end of a libel suit, and has been sentenced to three months in jail and a sizable fine that will hurt his already floundering financial journal Millennium. To help bail him out of this bad situation he reluctantly accepts the offer of wealthy Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger to move to a remote island in Northern Sweden for a year to solve the mystery of his beloved great-niece’s disappearance forty years ago.
Lisbeth Salander, the real star of the novel, is a troubled, anorexic-looking 24-year-old woman chock-full of tattoos, body piercings and attitude. Most are fooled by her looks and often she is mistaken as being mentally deficient. But behind her twisted persona lies a brilliant computer hacker with the intelligence and wisdom of someone twice her age, and a terrifying potential for cold-hearted revenge targeted at men who hate women (the original title of the book).
This unlikely duo are thrown together to solve the mystery and, in doing so, unearth a plethora of Vanger family dysfunction and sleaze, with a couple serial killers thrown in for good measure. Solving Harriet Vanger’s disappearance seems to be an impossible task, since the 40 year’s worth of evidence has been examined many times with a fine-toothed comb. But Blomkvist’s journalistic talents for unearthing obscure evidence, and Salander’s photographic calculating mind lead them right into the killer’s lair. A great mystery, hard to put down.
What a clever novel. The setting is India. The hero is a slum dog...an orphan on the streets of Mumbai...named Ram Mohammad Thomas and he has been chosen as a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Billionaire" TV show. There are 12 questions on the show and 12 chapters in the novel. Each chapter is a clue as to how an uneducated orphan can correctly answer challenging questions in the hopes of climbing the payoff pyramid. To say that Ram has had a hard-knock life is an understatement. By the time he reaches his mid-teens he has done and saw more than most experience in a lifetime. This novel was adapted for film and won several Academy Awards this year. The film is quite different than the novel. Both are exceptional and come highly recommended.
Vincent Van Gogh was greatly influenced by a number of artists but none more than Paul Gauguin. The Yellow House provides the foundation of Vincent's biography leading up to the nine weeks he spent in Provence with Gauguin. Vincent was so inspired by the light, colors and culture of Southern France that he begged Gauguin to join him there. The two artists lived and worked together in the yellow house until Vincent suffered a complete mental collapse. The Yellow House vividly illustrates the intensity of Van Gogh's artistic vision, his insanity and his relationship with Gauguin in a way that I have not seen in other books about him. Gayford also poses some interesting questions about the connection between mental illness and creativity. Proposing that, had Vincent Van Gogh benefited from modern psychiatry, he may not have produced anything of value.
This is the latest novel featuring Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist for Mecklenburg county in North Carolina. Temperance is called in when a plumber finds a human skull while working on an abandoned house. Temperance using her considerable knowledge helps the police in tying this skull to another set of bones found nearby. The story evolves into connections with Wiccans, a popular preacher with political ambitions and corruption. The author who is a Forensic Anthropologist adds very detailed science while also adding a multi layered main character, a good mystery and well written, Temperance is also the inspiration for the T.V. series Bones.
I haven't read a good western in a while.This Parker novel has a nice even pace to it.& There is a town called Appaloosa that is sorely in need of some marshalling. The town council hires a tandem of pros who specialize in bringing law and order to small towns. Virgil Cole is the renowned gunfighter/lawman and his partner is Everett Hitch. Together they are a formidable force even though they are polar opposites in education, breeding and philosophies. Their MO is simple. They get hired by a town and force the town council to agree to a bunch of new town rules that they post. Number one rule is "No guns allowed to be worn inside town limits." Bragg is the town villain and the reason the duo was contracted. Needless to say Bragg and rules do not go well together. Throw in a new pretty piano player fresh off the stage who gravitates to Alpha males and this is the basic plot. Outside of the town limits there is a herd of wild mustangs that are led by a very dominant Appaloosa. The similarities between Virgil Cole and this Appaloosa are the basis to this book. The film adaptation was made recently; directed by and starring& Ed Harris. Usually film adaptations are not anywhere near as good as the book, but this one was almost page-for-page.
Artists: Steve Rolston, Jason Shawn Alexander, Philip Bond, Eduardo Barreto, et al.
Have you read The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon? That novel won Mr. Chabon the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. The Amazing Adventures centers on two young men, in at the birth of the comic book era, who create a wildly popular character called The Escapist.
After Mr. Chabon's novel was so well received, he commissioned a series of comics (now called 'graphic novels') based, not on his original characters, nor on their creation, but on a young team of modern-day fans who create their own graphic novel series about the successor to The Escapist. The Escapists (notice the 's') is the collected and bound edition of that series.
Many of the themes of the original Amazing novel find wonderful echoes in this new series. But this is a very original work by a very gifted (and large) team of current graphic novel superstars.
This story is about friendship, loyalty, and courage in the face of incredible odds. Not only in the world of The Escapist, but within the young team of entrepreneurs who have new dreams for the original series.
I love the story, the characters, and the (many, many styles of) masterful artwork. It's cool! Hope you enjoy it too!
(One note - many artists contributed to this work. The image above is by one of the creative team... but it's not the image on the cover of the book. Go figure!)
It is hard enough to believe in love at first sight under the best of conditions, but for Corinne Hofmann intense attraction led to marriage. She was a Swiss tourist traveling in Kenya with her boyfriend when she caught a glimpse of a "young god" in a crowd. Hofmann was determined to meet him and eventually did, only to realize that they didn't speak a common language. With her increasingly annoyed boyfriend as translator, she managed to get to know a little about this Masai warrior who would come to control her life. Hofmann endured some amazing challenges. This is a fascinating cultural study as well as an unusual love story.
This is the author's debut novel and it's a good one, it won the Edgar Award for debut mystery. It's the tale of John Wells, the first C.I.A agent to infiltrate Al-Qaeda. Wells has become a Mujahadeen in Afghanistan and has converted to Islam, after leading his fighters for four years he is summoned by Ayman al Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda second in command to return to America and await orders for his operation. In Washington D.C. Jennifer Exley, and Ellis Shafer who are Well's superiors await to hear from him, he has been out of contact for several years and they don't know if he' turned. The story that follows involves Well's winning back the trust of the C.I.A, and being able to stop the massive terror attack planned for America. This book is well written and a lot of fun to read, the author has written two more books featuring John Wells.
The Middle Place is a poignant memoir of what it is like to be in "the middle place" - the place between childhood and adulthood. Corrigan is a wife and mother to two young girls, but in many ways her life is still shaped around being a daughter. This book centers around Corrigan finding a lump in her breast, being diagnosed with cancer and fighting it with humor, strength, determination and love. At the same time, Corrigan's father faces a recurrence of cancer himself. By alternating chapters between present and past, Corrigan moves the reader from her present to her past with stories of her life as her parents' child. One reviewer says, "Kelly Corrigan has a great sense of humor, an honest voice, and a brilliant way of telling it like it is -- but that's just for starters. It's her heart that really counts. The Middle Place is a love letter to family and home and life."