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review 2017-05-25 12:25
A Golden Age ★★★☆☆
A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

All in all, this book was just okay-to-good. It tells the story of an apolitical widow who is caught up in the 1971 Bangledesh War of Independence, and of her reluctant contributions as her son and daughter join the resistance. And it really is her story, as the author shows us her grief and fear and longing, but once war begins, we are kept removed from events and even, to some extent, from the emotions. Still, the story is populated with refugees and soldiers and citizens who must choose where their loyalties lie, so it kept my interest through the end.

 

Hardcover version, which I picked up as a discard from a Friends of the Library sale. I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoly challenge, for the square Adventureland 24: Take the Jungle Cruise. Read a book set in Africa or Asia, or that has an exotic animal on the cover. This book fits because it is set in East Pakistan, in Asia.  

 

Previous Updates:

5/13/17 http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1562356/a-golden-age-progress-7-276-pg

 

5/20/17 http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1564032/a-golden-age-progress-17-276-pg

 

5/20/17 http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1564145/a-golden-age-34-276-pages

5/21/17 http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1564253/a-golden-age-77-276-pages

 

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review 2017-05-19 21:50
The Devil in Spring ★★★☆☆
Devil in Spring (Kleypas) - Lisa Kleypas

This book was a little disappointing, relative to the others in the series. I’m not sure why. The heroine was both strong and adorable, the hero was both strong and sensitive, and I was pleased that the story didn’t stop at the wedding, as so many stories do.

 

But…

 

The heroine’s quirkiness seemed a little cloying. The hero’s willingness to adapt and accept strained my ability to suspend disbelief, even knowing that I have to exercise more determination in this area when I read in this genre. Maybe I’ve just had my fill of Romance (capital R) for now and need to spend some time away from the genre.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Once again, Mary Jane Wells provides an excellent performance.

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review 2017-05-19 13:38
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer ★★★☆☆
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella - Fredrik Backman

What must it be like inside the mind of a person suffering from progressive dementia? We experience this from the MC’s POV, living and reliving his best memories as the space around him shrinks. Events and timelines are fluid. We see, only dimly, the real people in his life react as he mixes them up with one another and with their past selves.

 

Although this was a very short book, it was a little difficult for me to stick with. I think it might have been better in a bound version rather than audio, although David Morse’s performance was really very good. It’s just that, with such a confusion of events and people and timelines, I didn’t have the ability to stop and ponder and try to make sense of things as we progressed through the story, so my mind tended to wander. I hope that isn’t a preview to my own aging experience.

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review 2017-05-05 11:51
Hidden Figures ★★★☆☆
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly,Robin Miles

I should have loved this book. I wanted to love this book. It tells us of extraordinary women breaking boundaries of math, science, race, sexism, and culture through their brains and grit and determination and the brilliance to recognize an opportunity and drive the wedge of themselves into it and make a place for themselves and their children to follow. Unfortunately, the storytelling is so dry and the narrative so disconnected that I really struggled with it. Perhaps this would have been better in a bound version than audio, I don’t know. Nevertheless, I recommend making the effort. I’d never heard of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, or Christine Darden before, and that’s a damn shame. I’m glad I know their stories now.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Robin Miles provides an excellent performance.

 

Previous Updates:

4/26/17 – 2% http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1557885/hidden-figures-progress-2

4/28/17 –  37.0% Dull stuff. It's a struggle to listen to. My mind is continuously wandering as the author describes the personal and career paths of several people. At 37% we still haven't gotten to the beginnings of the space program. Yawn.

5/1/17 – 41.0% The beginnings of the Cold War and the mechanism of emerging McCarthyism is pretty interesting stuff, and form a pattern that seems all too relevant to current events.

5/1/17 – 41% http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1559221/hidden-figures-progress-41

 

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review 2017-05-01 01:25
Murder Most Howl ★★★☆☆
Murder Most Howl - Krista Davis

Either these books are getting better, or I’m getting desensitized to them and less inclined to be nitpicky. Either way, I was able to enjoy this adorable little mystery full of adorable pets (DOGGIES!! KITTIES!!) and their indulgent owners, even though my brain was probably only 60% engaged with the story for the majority of the book. Although I couldn’t have figured out the murderer from the clues revealed along the way, it wasn’t too difficult since

there’s really only one non-pet friendly person left alive in the book.

(spoiler show)

Also, How could they have been so clueless about the thievery since

in the last book, it was the pets running unchecked everywhere behind the poltergeist-like moving/disappearing personal possessions?

(spoiler show)

Anyway, it was a cute story, and I enjoyed it very much.

 

 

 

Audio version, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Jeanie Kanaley’s performance has not improved at all over the first two books. Her pacing and tone of voice do not vary, regardless of whether she’s narrating the consumption of pancakes or the main character stumbling over a dead body.

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