November 29th, 2005, 04:43 AM #321
December 1st, 2005, 12:01 PM #322
Too many books to remember since my last post, but I went to the library yesterday and picked up Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm only about 50 pages in, but the reviews on amazon.com indicated that it was pretty much as engrossing as DaVinci Code.
December 4th, 2005, 10:34 AM #323
December 5th, 2005, 03:35 PM #324
I'm currently enjoying the latest Star Wars paperback trilogy ("Dark Nest") by Troy Denning. It is way down the SW timeline, 5-6 years post NJO series. Book 1 "Joiner King" was passibly OK. I'm almost done Book 2 "Unseen Queen" (much better than the first one), and number 3 hits around Christmas.
December 15th, 2005, 05:15 PM #325
Codex by Lev Grossman
Grade = B+
Another "Da Vinci Code" clone, "literary history thriller", but very well written.
December 16th, 2005, 06:43 AM #326
Originally Posted by Rob2716
So I finished reading Brimstone, and I immediately looked for the follow-up book, Dance of Death. I've always wondered how two writers could collaborate on a book when you'd think that the writer's styles / opinions / imaginations would conflict. Preston and Child do a hell of a job, because not only have I already finished Dance of Death, but I've moved on to their very first book, Relic.
The books center around a federal agent, Aloysius Pendergast, who I can only describe as a very sophisticated badass. I became engrossed with Brimstone and read it quickly. I thought Dance of Death was even better.
Brimstone dealt with the investigation of very strange deaths. Spontaneous combustion? Work of the devil? Very interesting story, and I thought the authors did a good job of character development even though they main players were already in other novels, including their first, Relic. Brimstone also sets up the storyline for Dance of Death. Agent Pendergast receives a note from his brother, Diogenes, who is crazy, but even smarter than his brother. The note gives a date which signifies the conclusion of his perfect crime, which will involve destroying his brother. Dance of Death is about the search and effort to stop Diogenes from completing his mission. As much as I liked Brimstone, Dance of Death was even better. Definitely recommend these books, although you might want to check out Relic first, since that's the introduction to Pendergast and his friend and (sort of) partner, Vincent D'Agosta.
December 16th, 2005, 07:00 AM #327
Just finished Dark Watch, part of the Oregon Files collecton by Cussler, too busy lately to start somethng new, so I'll probably be bookless tll after the New Year.
January 4th, 2006, 01:40 PM #328
For school, I have to read "Crimes of the Century". It details 5 crimes; Leopold & Loeb, Alger Hiss, the Scottsboro Boys, the Lindbergh trial, and OJ. I haven't gotten to the OJ trial yet, it's the last one discussed, but the other 4 all happened before my time and it's really cool to see the details and learn about these huge crimes and their shortcomings (which is what the book is really about, social injustice) that I would probably not know about had I not been forced to read this book. I don't know if forced is the right word, because it's actually a very entertaining read and I'd recommend it.
January 4th, 2006, 03:28 PM #329
January 4th, 2006, 03:40 PM #330
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