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Aug
25

In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.

If you are a fan of spy books this one will be right up your alley. The Night Manager is an intense and great read for fans of the genre. Jonathan Pine is a curious character and one I found hard to peg until closer to the end of the book. A seemingly regular kind of Night Manager until he meets Sophie and reads the paperwork, then of course everything gets turned on its head. Jonathan gets sent down a rabbit hole of revenge and leaves Cairo for much cooler climate to start with. I don’t want to give to much of the complex plot away but if you like spy novels you will likely enjoy this one. If you don’t you just might not. It does get complex and weaves along interestingly. If you would rather have the cliffs notes you can always watch BBC’s very good mini series event with Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Aug
22

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

Name a favorite book you’d take to the beach: People are going to laugh but I would take Caesar’s Gallic Wars as written by himself. I enjoy reading Caesar’s papers and I will always say he was murdered wrongly. Caesar truly wanted to do what was best for the people of Rome, he was a brilliant man. Besides it is fun to read war stories on the beach because you can build forts and the like. 😉


Aug
15

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

I am having so much trouble with my reading goals this year again. I feel bad about it but I am trying not to because reading is supposed to be fun. I still love books, I adore them and I want to read but my time gets taken up by other things. Between a hectic work schedule, busy home life and the need to crochet for some zen time. I am sure at some point I will take more advantage of my kindle reading to me more then I could at least read more while I crochet. I think part of the problem is I don’t like the robotic voice my kindle reads to me in. I should see if perhaps one of the new kindles has a better text to speech option. That might help.


Aug
02

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along with Teaser Tuesday! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Aug
01

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

Thanks to something on Facebook I decided to pick up an old favorite book. It was the top book the year I was born (1983 goodness I feel old) and I have to say I am happy to pick it up again.

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Jul
25

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your most favorite “chunky” book? (over 500 pages)

This is a tough one for me because I like a lot of “chunky” books. From classics to more modern chunkers. I think if I had to pick one right this second it would be Caesars women. It is the 4th book in the Masters of Rome series and a very good one.

“His victories were legend — in battle and bedchamber alike. Love was a political weapon he wielded cunningly and ruthlessly in his private war against enemies in the forum. Genius, general, patrician, Gaius Julius Caesar was history. His wives bought him influence. He sacrificed his beloved daughter on the alter of ambition. He burned for the cold-hearted mistress he could never dare trust. Caesar’s women all knew — and feared — his power. He adored them, used them, destroyed them on his irresistible rise to prominence. And one of them would seal his fate.”

Now I want to read it again, lol but I will probably read Antony & Cleopatra first..which is another huge book.


Jul
15

A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man’s struggle to survive.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

I decided to read the Martian, because the movie got my attention and as those who know me know, I like to read the book before I watch the film. This book was fantastic and I don’t usually go for these kind of space odyssey books. The main character Mark Watney is such a hoot you can’t help but love him and root for him and hope that he gets out of the situation that he is in. Can you imagine how much mental strength let alone the rest that it takes in order to live and survive on Mars completely alone? No one to talk to, no human interaction at all. It is a wonder that he did not fully lose his mind. He did a little bit of course, but that is to be perfectly expected.

This book really is enjoyable. Now if you do not like a whole lot of very well explained scientific data you may not like this book. As much as I loved the book I can admit that occasionally I wanted to have a little bit of a snooze fest during these parts. However, everything else about this book was a win for me. If you have seen the movie and want more read the book. If you haven’t seen the movie still read the book because it is a truly amazing story.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Jul
11

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book that was turned into a movie, and completely desecrated (in your opinion)

The golden compass. I mean do I really need to say anything more then that? Did you see what they did to it? I was really excited when they first announced it and then I saw it and it was perhaps the biggest let down on the planet. I have never watched the film again beyond that first time. I probably never will.

Of course this makes me also think about the Vampire Lestat/Queen of the Damned thing that was turned into a movie. I was so upset about that one that they were cramming two books into one movie I have never even bothered to see it. I refuse to see it. You can’t skip the Vampire Lestat and you can’t cram two books together like that. You just can’t.


Jul
04

No really Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday America and Captain America. Even if we did commit treason to get where we are today. This is one of my favorite Holidays and not for the reasons many people enjoy it. Oh sure I enjoy the fireworks and BBQ as much as the next gal, but I enjoy the history behind it. I am fascinated with reading books about the revolution. One of my favorites so far has been this fantastic book Revolutionary. Still a review I agree with!

So enjoy the day! Think about the history and the people who continue to defend us and have a little bit of fun!

JasonIssacs


Jun
30


This one is Hosted at the Booking through Thursday Blog.

Do you write in your books? Highlight? In all books or just things like college textbooks?

No I don’t. Not in any book at all. Not in a text book not in any book. I just I can’t I see it as marring the book. I may put post its in the book with notes about things I need to remember or reference later. That is as far as I will go. I know there are many people who go ahead and write or highlight in books but the idea of it always makes me cringe.

I am not even kidding one of my loved ones once purposely sat and highlighted in a book just to watch me twitch, he thought it was very funny. I on the other hand was ready to grab the book from him and run away with it before he could cause it anymore harm.

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