Saturday, April 21, 2012

Found Old Friends!

Time is like air you don't see it but we sure use it up continuously!  I saw that they had made a remake of the old 1960's or 1970's movie of THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, by John LeCarre'. I went to look to see if the library had a copy but found that all the public libraries had their copies of this book out, or in route to some other library on request. But in the search I did I saw a title I had not seen before from this author. The book was only available from a north side branch library so I placed my request. A week latter I picked up my book. It was surprisingly little book, for this author. The title is A MURDER OF QUALITY, with only 146 pages it was a quick read. But a very good one. LeCarre' wrote it early in his career and it is very good, quick and smart. So if you're able to get a copy it is worth the effort.

I then decided to take a look at my old favorite authors, I found a new book by Kate Wilhelm, she wrote a book titled DEATH OF AN ARTIST. The book was good, it did not belong to a series but a stand alone book I guess, but good none the less. Not at 'smart' as LeCarre' but  a good 'friendly' read.
I went to our downtown library and found a treasure trove of books from Lawrence Sanders, he wrote at the beginning of the 1980's a lot of good detective books based in New York and sort of gave you an idea of how life was for police then. Later on he must have moved to Florida and switch to a private investigator and everything changed for me (I didn't like those books). So it was just great to get 4 books of the 'old good' ones. I first read THE FOURTH DEADLY SIN ,I have also The SIXTH COMMANDMENT and then one written I think in 1991, The SEVENTH COMMANDMENT. I have read all of them and they are good.                                                                                                                                                       So for now I will just smile and wish you all a good spring and let your mind enjoy good literature in what ever discipline you enjoy.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Who took our snow??

Life is changing too much. I now know what they meant by "climate change", we are going to have a week of 40 degrees or over! This is a city that we would not see real stone sidewalks until Easter time! So all we can do is thank God for not breaking my husband's back shoveling snow and for having nice dry floors without all the salt scratches on the wood.
Books those we still have control over. Good or bad we are the one who gets to choose if we read them or not. We can return them to the library or the person who lent it to us. If we had purchased them then we can close it, put it away and later pick it up again hoping that our interest has renewed.
I have discovered a good thing on TV, C-Span on the weekends!! It provides interviews with the authors and we get a good amount of information on what there books offers to readers.
But more important it is like reading (condensed of course) some books you may have never even intended to read, yet interesting enough that you get the 'true fest' of what the whole book is about. The program only does non-fiction books, which is great because I like fiction better and tend to buy very few non-fiction books (mostly biographies). I have seen books on WW ll (there are more and more each year) but some offer a different view point on a different topic, which added to the information I already have, leads to a better and more detailed picture of that topic, weather it is the Battle on Monte Casino, or the life of the German generals. So all in all I would suggest that if you can look up this channel if you can. It will save a lot of time to your hunt for material to read. The recent book that came into view is A SOLDIER'S DREAM: Capt. Travis Patriquin and The Awakening of Iraq by Wm. Doyle. It tells you in more detail our entry into that far off country and why, through the life of a very important person, a mid westerner, who brings it all home to a way of thinking differently our forces involvement and how we got there. So now we know something more substantial about the book and if you do or don't want to consider it. I won't buy it but I am grateful to know it is out there for us to have . Good readings all.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Winter is now officially here!

It is never nice to be waiting for the other shoe to fall! Snow is meant to be on the ground here in Chicago. So now if we hit another car we have some excuse! And it is the best weather to have besides rain to sit with your little blanket covering you to read!

I am reading (well one of 3) TOLSTOY AND THE PURPLE CHAIR-by Nina Sankovitch
It is a repeated idea. Some years ago there was the book JULIE AND JULIA CHILD; well something like that (I purchased the book since I have a copy of THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING) I loved J. Child but never in my 40 yrs. of marriage did I ever get to do ONE recipe!
I wonder if that is a record in some odd sense? Anyway the main character in that book starts a blog and aims at doing every single dish in that book within one year-364 days! And I wonder if she (the author-Nina in Tolstoy) is a true reader as she has been since young, that wouldn't that be like stuffing your mouth with food and trying to enjoy a beautiful dinner at the same time, I don't think it can be done. Because that is what Nina says she will do. I'm still reading and I do like the majority of the books she has picked and some of the comments of some of them. So we will see.

I'm also stuck now on a book I read more that 30 yrs. ago. CLAN OF THE CAVE-by Jean M Auel.
I started it in Sept. lost it for months and now I can't seem to get into it again. I do remembered that I loved it and promised myself to buy it and read it with more care, my 2 little ones where in kindergarten and 1st grade. The cave feels more confiding now, I guess!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 !!!!!!

Well here we are at a new year! I thought forever that I would not see my 21st, that's when I was 10 and wondered if the Russians would kill all of us during the 1960's cold war threats.
Then when I married and started to past my early twenties, my thoughts started to get more religious minded and thought maybe I would not see 33 (the age of Jesus Christ, when he was killed); but here I am over my fears of dying (it's around the corner anyway-I just don't know how long this block is!).
So for awhile I have decided to read in order to stop thinking of how long will I live. I also decided to have a resolution that I can actually keep! Blog of my reading more often than in the past 2 years since I started to do so. I would break my own record of Finally ! Keeping a promise made in the madness of the beginning of a year. Wow! Am I getting smarter, have all those books I read finally making my brain function better? Whatever the reason, I promise to you (if there are anyone out there even looking at this) if not it will help me move my fingers and so something at my computer than just delete spam-mail. So we have a date! Have a great year all! Health more than money and books more than movies.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

And then two years later...

And then two years later...
Life or GOD has once again place so much on my plate (or so it seems), that it has taken time to get to the point I am in now. All most normal. I have continued to read, as readers know it is part of our lives like breathing in air.
I have meant to sit down and just let my book-thoughts get "outdoors". No one may read these lines but it is nice to see them (thoughts) elsewhere besides floating inside of my head (there is not much room after 60 yrs of hording words and stories)! But the love of good books is never far from my daily plans.
So much to tell you on what I have read in all these months. The best author I found is sadly not writing any longer. But Stieg Larsson did write a trilogy of fiction-drama books. He wrote a lot of other material mostly non-fiction in his native Norwegian. I really did enjoy THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO/THE GIRL WHO LIKED TO PLAY WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST.
I read a biography by a good friend of Larrson and it leaves me to wonder if Larrson had not written from a personal side of his? The movies are well done but not the last one. You must read the last book (a little tedious ) but worth the effort it connects all the dots.
Did I tell you of the author Sandra Dallas, I'll check if I didn't I will write next about this author.
Well, glad I took my first plunge and I hope to see you soon.Blessings to all out there!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Life Continues...

If you have at all read any of my old blogs you will (sort of) that illness had decided to visit me and mine. Life, it has a way of providing that 'change' of scenery that we at times take for granted.I never realized it had been so long since my last blog. If you've (?) thought I was gone for good, well I'm back. I thank GOD that I am a reader, I don't know what I would have done through all these months if it wasn't for my rosary and my public library. Life is allowing GOD to show me a more normal time now, I hope it will last until my sick memories fade a little. The rosary is God's answer to us both as a pacifier and as a panic button (to be used as often as needed). But here is a list of some of the books that have helped me keep from going over the edge and protesting the Vatican as to why we can't join a convent with a husband in tow (joke).

The first great thing is that I have discovered a new mystery-crime-detective author; he is Henning Mankell-THE RETURN OF THE DANCING MASTER-great read and that took me to search out other works of his that have been translated from the Swedish language.

A new entry of my favorite duo writers Charles Todd in A MATTER OF JUSTICE.

COLD CASE by Kate Wilhelm reminds us of the great locations for mysteries in Wash. state.

When I was to down to focus my eyes on pages, I turn to the audio-books among which I re-listen to THE BONESTETTER'S DAUGHTER-by Amy Tan.

I can continue but this was only my "proof of life" bit. Enjoy life and remember who to thank!