Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Perfumed Sleeve

This is a mystery written by Laura Joh Rowland
Our story takes place in the 17th century Japan.  One of the shogun's advisor's has been murdered
which does nothing to ease the growing tension between the two factions are prepared to go to battle
to see which side would gain total control of the Tokugawa regime.  Can Sano Ichiro, top investigator
to the  shogun solve this murder before violence breaks out?  Can Hirata, the chief retainer to Sano,
win back Sano's trust after being disloyal in a time of crisis?  Can Reiko,Sano's wife, overcome the
after effects of being kidnapped in time to help with the investigation?
  I won't lie I wasn't sure when I first picked up this book if I was going to be interested in
anything going on in the 17th century.  But trust when I tell you there is plenty of sneaky underhanded things
going on in this book to keep your interest. However,when it comes to the writer's use of imagery
I felt like I was looking at blurred photograph,the details could have been a little more clear.
The ending was good enough not a total surprise. It's all the things Sano had to go through to
arrive at the truth was more interesting .I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Shack by W.M. Paul Young

We meet Mac  a seemingly everyday kind of person in Oregon, in the aftermath of the death of one
of his beloved children. His friend Willie is not only put in the precarious position  of loaning his car to Mac
but also  retelling the story
of his weekend spent with God.  Will Mac find what he's looking for?Can he forgive himself for the
things he's done in his past.I find  this writer's style very unique and refreshing .The use of simile and metaphor paint a very vivid picture.But you don't have to be an English major to enjoy it.Don't let that
fool you .The questions that come up will make you think deeply and will touch you profoundly.
In my opinon  it will become another great american classic .I'm definitely giving this book 5out of 5 stars.

I dedicate this post to my beloved grandmother Birda M.Valmore who passed away 11/18/09 we love you
and miss you and you will live on forever in our hearts

Thursday, November 12, 2009

classic review

This will be one of many classic review (Usually a book that's 10 years or older will fit this category)
Nathaniel Branden's A Woman's self esteem was one of the 10 or so books on a website that recommended
this book for better self-esteem. Nathaniel Branden is a pioneer in the field of self esteem.He was researching
this subject in the 1960's when noone even consider the importance of feeling good about oneself. Having
said that imagine my surprise when Part one of the book is basically a recap of the Six Pillars of Self Esteem!
Part two covers  Special Issues such as Romantic Love,Fear of Selfishness and Expressing Anger
( I liked this chapter) and Part three Enpowering Straties such as Try Something  Different ,Knowing Your
Boundaries and Building a Career.  This is only a partial list of the table of contents.  I was also surprised
that he quoted himself from another one of his books  as if to say that he didn't need to use any other
opinon outside of his own. I also find it very ironic that he would name one of thchesechapters Try Something
Different when he uses that same old "stem completion exercises "he has used in serveral of  his books!
Basically he starts a sentence and you write six to ten different endings for each of the stems for two weeks
I dont know about you but I have a life outside of this.Is it effective ? Yes. Is this practical ?No.
My overall impression is that this is more of a supplemental book.  If you already read the Six Pillars of Self
Esteem then you've already read a third of this book and when it promises to give you "step by step guidance
for women who want to transform themselves it falls short. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

up to no good book review

im reviewing Carl Weber's new book"Up To No Good" the novel's main character is a minor character
from the book"The First Lady" but this is not a continuation of that story.
James Black is the church deacon who loves sleeping with the women that attend his church
even the married ones. Can he change his ways for the new love in his life? His son Darnell,
promised himself he would never be like his cheating daddy. He is about to marry the love of his life,
Keisha.Of course things go wrong as they often do in any good fiction with plenty of drama.
His sister Jamie has to struggle with her insecurities as she discover these strange texts someone has
been sending her man .  Are all men like her father or will her insecurites damage the relatioship?
One of the things I like about Carl Weber is he wastes no time "getting to the good part".  The pace of
the novel will definitely hold your attention.The other thing I like is the dialouge reminds me of conversations
I've overheard on the bus so that's a  good thing if you can relate to the characters.But even though you will
find yourself unable to put the book down the story takes a strange twist that I didn't see coming and the
ending left me unsatisfied. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

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