Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Book Reviews

Over the last few weeks I've read 3 books that have been VERY different, but really good.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The story is great, but not one of Brown's best (especially not after Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code). Similar formula to Dan Brown's other books, yet set in Washington, D.C. which adds a dimension of familiarity. I'd recommend it if you like Brown's style and ability to make symbols and history come alive in unexpected ways.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: This book felt like an attempt to be like The Kite Runner, but fell slightly short of that goal. It is about twin boys that were born in Ethiopia of an Indian nun and a British surgeon. The nun died giving birth and the father fled once Sister Mary Joseph Praise died, unable to handle a life without her. The sons grew up in Ethiopia studying to be doctors, and one son fled to the U.S. after some political strife in Addis Ababa. It took about 300 pages to get into the story, but in the end it was well worth the read. Dense, but rich and insightful.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: This was a very fun read. Good for all ages although written for a younger audience. Set in post-Apocalyptic America, 2 teens from each of the 12 remaining districts are chosen to participate in the annual Hunger Games. It is a fight to the death and can only produce one victor. The arena is set up for the "Gamemakers" to produce storms, fires, winds, and other calamities to force those in hiding out in the open. The entire country watches the televised games each day, yet the participants have no connection to the outside world until the Games are over. Well worth the read if you need an easy-to-follow, fun, and thought-provoking book.

I'm always open to book suggestions, so feel free to share any good books that you've read!

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