Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

When I originally added my star rating to this book in Shelfari, I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Now looking back, it deserves another star.

This is the first novel I’ve read by John Grisham and I loved his writing style. I was told that he can be a bit bloated at times, but I wouldn’t put The Appeal in that category. I definitely plan to pick up more books by Mr. Grisham.

Now more about the book. Grisham does an excellent job of pointing out how fucked up our legal system can be. I have to say “can be” cause I’d still rather be on trial in this country that in just about any other country. He doesn’t really need to remind us that politics and money go hand in hand, but he does weave a story that reminds us of how sick people can be to hold on to every million or billion they have, regardless of who they hurt. On the other side he’ll get you to feel deeply for the people who are living day-to-day with constant loss of their loved ones and livelihood. This was quite an emotional book, and I loved it!

RATING: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Tales from Mistwillow

This is guna be a bit of a lame book review. I basically read this book because it contains short stories by other Colorado authors. Oh, and that the book was published by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group, of which I’m a member and have not yet attended a gathering hosted by the group.

Okay, back to the review. What was fun about the book is that each of the authors wrote a different story about the same small town. Like most books of short stories by select authors, there were a few I enjoyed and a few not so much. It also contained a few odd and ghostly type stories, which caught my attention. All-in-all, the book was pretty good.

I think this is the first collection of short stories that the RMFW has published by members. I’m hoping they release more, but I haven’t seen any announcements for submissions.

RATING: 3 out of 5

Thongs? Really?

I don’t normally watch the late night news, but happened to leave it on last night to find that a couple of robbers in Arvada are assured a 2008 Darwin Award. Then, of course, flipping through to Post this morning I happened upon the story again, Robbers fashion disguises from thongs. Found them pretty quickly on Digg, but no luck after a quick search on YouTube. I really have better thing to do this morning.

Really guys, women’s thongs? And what’s with the pink backpack? Did the guy decide to use his daughters school backpack to stash the cigarettes they stole?

Book Review: The Shack, by William P. Young

I love critiquing books, but I don’t feel I can review this book by providing the usual opinions on the story line, characters, grammatical structure, etc. Nor do I care to touch on whether the book threatens the theology of orthodox Christianity, a major complaint I’ve read in other reviews. Instead, I’d like to share the experience I had while discussing the book with my book club (South Denver Book Club).

In March, I had to find a number of new bestselling fiction titles for the book club to vote on for our April and May reading selections. When I came across “The Shack” I was intrigued by the book the instantly interested in reading it, so I added it to our list of candidates. I was even more enthusiastic about reading it when my fellow book club members voted “The Shack” as our next read. When I read the book, I absolutely loved it, and it became a new favorite of mine. Then the day of the book discussion arrived. Four other people, whom I had never met, joined the discussion group. We shared a morning discussing the profound affects that this book had on each of our lives. Each of us was at a different points in our spiritual journey, but that made no difference. Together we spent two hours contributing to the discuss and connecting in such a heartwarming way that we could have continued our discussion through the afternoon. I’ve never enjoyed a book club discussion group more! The book was an inspiration to us all, but best of all five people grew both together and as individuals during that morning. Any book with this sort of influence deserves notice. I highly suggest that if you do decide to read this book, read it with a friend or two, and take some time to come together to share your thoughts and experiences with “The Shack.”

RATING: 5 out of 5

Book Review: Blaze, By Richard Bachman

People always assume I’m a Stephen King fan because I write Horror and love Horror movies. Well, I’m not exactly a fan. I’m a critic. Like many of his readers, I either love his stories or hate ‘em, and have mostly disliked his work. For example, I hated “The Stand” finding it long and boring (a book considered one of his best works and a must read), but I absolutely loved “Pet Cemetery” (my favorite King novel) for its depiction of desperation and fear. So, I have to admit that I haven’t read very many of his books.

Now, since reading “Pet Cemetery” many years ago, I can finally say I found another King book I absolutely LOVED reading!! The only reason I grabbed “Blaze” (he wrote it under Richard Bachman) was because I hadn’t read anything off the bestseller shelf for years, and I needed to reconnect with the public’s favorites, especially authors in genres in which I prefer to write. I’m so glad I picked it up! Everyone always talks about King’s ability to create strong characters in his works, and Blaze is no exception. The main character, Clayton “Blaze” Blazedell Jr. is a villain you have to force yourself to hate. Stephen King actually wrote this book back in the 70s, and archived it because he didn’t care for the outcome. It was obvious he made updates before Blaze was released, and I wonder how much he changed, because he forwards the book with an apology to the readers. Mr. King, remove the apology! This was a great book!

RATING 5 out of 5

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