Monday, December 31, 2007

Extreme evil; extreme goodness

In the midst of extreme evil, there is extreme goodness. That is the message I got from reading Dean Koontz's book, The Good Guy. In fact, that is also the message of his other book, The Husband. In both books the evil guy had a dysfuncitionl childhood. In the Good Guy the antagonist can't even remember his childhood. He is a hired killer with a tech support team behind him. It was a case of mistaken identity that got Tim the protagonist involved in this story in the first place. In the end, it turns out Tim was in the right place at the right time to protect Linda, the target of the hired killer.

The Good Guy reminded me of the other book club selection, The Last Breed by Louis L'Amour. Both books involved the bad guy chasing after the good ones. It's a battle of the minds. Both the good and the bad are equally intelligent and the challenge for the good guys is to stay one step ahead of the bad guys and defeat them.

Get ready book club members to talk about The Husband on the third Friday of January.

To all those who read my blog from every corner of the globe, affirmation by affirmation, day by day, go out and radiate peace, love, prosperity in your corner.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reading Guides

According to this site, ReadingGroupGuides.com, in November this year the most requested reading book guides were for the books Water for Elephants, The Glass Castle, A Thousand Splendid Sons, and Eat, Pray, Love.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Food, Drinks, and Used Books

Interesting article on a book cafe featuring food, drinks, live performances and celebrities who buy and/or donate used books. There is for example, a 7th grade English book at the cafe that used to belong to Gwyneth Paltrow. She has her name written all over the book and underlined her favorite short stories. As you all know anything that comes with celebrity sitings will be popular. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What're you reading?

I am reading The Jane Austen Book Club: A Novel. So far it's going good. I just noticed there is a movie based on this book with Jimmy Smits as one of the stars.

I am hoping to add another Dean Koontz book, The Good Guy to my reading list and perhaps later in the Christmas holiday I will try The Pirate's Daughter.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Christmas is in the air


.... and this Santa is in the Okefenokee swamp, his boat is being pulled by gators. A real southern Christmas!

Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love, was back on Oprah this week with her friend Richard from Texas. One of the audience members actually went all the way to Bali to visit some of the characters mentioned in the book. Some people really take their reading very seriously.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Book Club Selection

We are reading The Husband by Dean Koontz for discussion at our January meeting. Since that title came out Dean Koontz has about two other new titles: The Good Guy and The Darkest Evening of The Year.

We need a non-fiction suggestion for February and Karen is thinking about it. Linda wants us to consider Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen for March.