Wednesday, December 26, 2012

37. Perfect Gallows

By Peter Dickinson (234 pp)

Peter Dickinson is a terrific writer of all kinds of stuff. This particular book is a 1988 mystery. It opens with a body being found. It's set during WWII and this young man is told he's the heir to a huge fortune when the son is lost in the war. But then the son appears and who is to inherit is in question. Except there is a twist. There were parts of the story that were uncomfortable but overall a good one.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

36. The Photographer

By Emmuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre and Frederic Lemercier. Translated by Alexis Siegel. (267 pp.)

This is a graphic novel. Well, it's not a novel, it's a documentary so I don't know what to call it. It's illustrated with drawings and with photographs. It's about Lefevre going into Afganistan to document a Doctors without Borders mission. It is terrific. An amazing close-up look into a corner of the world that you'll never see. Recommend.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

35. Outlander

By Diana Gabaldon (850 pp)

A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to read some big cheesy books. The kind that even when they're silly, you still want to keep reading. This one gets 100 gold stars plus it's the first in a series. There are 6 more published plus another one on the way. It's a historical fiction romance time-travel book. This happily married woman from 1945 goes back to 1743 through some sort of stone-henge type place. That element isn't addressed. Dues to circumstances of the story she has to marry this 1743 guy but they fall in love and then have to rescue each other through a series of adventures, many of which challenge reader credibility. I'm not going to rush to the next one but thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.