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text 2018-02-04 03:51
January 2018 Wrap up
The Escape - David Baldacci
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon
Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale
The Midnight Line - Lee Child
The Last Mile - David Baldacci
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith
The Fix - David Baldacci

For January 2018, some really good books and some disappointed ones. 


5 stars read


The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith  


Harry is now teaching in police college and has been happily married for 3 years. 


Now a new killer is out and it is hard to catch. The chief of police now threatened Harry to get him back to the force to solve the case. 


The plots is interesting when the killer is clever and do not care about who he kills but only how he kills. That's make this killer hard to catch or predict.


So Harry is going after all the leads. And then tried to out the killer but setting a monkey trap. 


Really good story. Good writing and good translation. 


The Escape - David Baldacci  The Escape - David Baldacci  


A John Puller story about his brother Robert Puller escape from prison.


Robert was jailed for treason. A charge that John never really believed but wasn't sure about his innocence either. 


John was order to go after his brother. But in the meantime, find out more evidence that his brother is framed. 


His love and trust of his brother and the loyalty to his job is in direct conflict. And there is a possibility that if Robert resists arrest, he would let Robert kill him to get away. 


Strange. But like the innocent and stubbornness of John Puller. 


Of course, Robert is the clever one, and tried to find out more about who wants to kill him during his escape time. 


And who betrayed Robert. Must be someone high up. 


More dead bodies and a lot of attempt to kill John later, they solved the case. 


Happy endings. Good story. Lot of plot driven page turning. 


A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon  A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon  Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale  Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale  


Two good children books. 


A bad case of stripes is being different and being who you are. 


Clark the Shark is being big and having behaviors that bother other children. Shark didn't mean to and he changed his behavior after he is made aware of it. 


4.5 stars read


The Escape - David Baldacci  The Escape - David Baldacci 


An Amos Decker story about a ex-football player Melvin Mars in dead row. 


He was almost executed. 


Another person confused to the crime he was accused of. Then he was free from jail.


Then the twist came. The confession was a lie. He was paid to confess to this crime. 


More players in the background. A bit strange of their intention. 


Amos Decker got help from Melvin to solve this case. With a lot of conspiracy theory thrown into it. 


A free man now is free. Good ending.  




The Fix - David Baldacci  The Fix - David Baldacci  


A woman is murdered in from of the FBI headquater. 


Amos Decker is trying to find who kill the woman and why.


It is a mystery. And involved in old spies and spy habit for spying.


The only down side is it is a bit to far out. 


Amos Decker is also a new apartment, from Mars who he helped saved in his last book.


A story about how to catch old spy and found out their identity. 


The clue is a bit strange, but still interesting. 


Solid read. 


4 stars read 


Jack Reacher story about John got dumped and reacted strangely. 


So Jack got dumped. He drifted. Got to a pawn shop. Saw a West Point ring, woman size and wanted to find the owner.


The finding of this woman led him from the pawn shop to a criminal group that sell stolen items to a local drug distribution gang.


In the meantime, a PI was hired and looking for the same woman.


A lot of twists and turns later. 


He found her. But she is in another kind of trouble. Jack wants to help. 


Of course he did. A solid read overall. 


3 stars read 


No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein  No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein  


This is really disappointing. 


She is repeating herself on what she had written in Shock Doctrine. 


The first two third of the book is like that with some updates.


The later one third of the book is about hope. But it failed to raise any hope. 


She has to know that the Trump supporters are not going to read her book or understand what is trying to say. With that large population of ignorant people that are known as Trump supporters in US. There is very little hope. 


Therefore, a 3 stars read. There is not enough good and solid information in this book to make it good. 




Not a bad month for reading. A lot of solid read. Slightly off from the plan as the new books came up. 


I like plot driven story. Airport read when one is not at an airport. David Baldacci is a good writer for that. 


Looking forward to more read in February. 


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text 2018-01-14 23:42
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 356 pages.
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein

still humming along nicely--very entertaining, amusing. shall finish it tomorrow. then, either Nonfiction, or perhaps my first Donna Leon novel! (plus there's always Night Force, and those Jack the Ripper tales.)

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text 2018-01-14 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 356 pages.
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein

well, I love it--but this month has consisted of me saying "I love it", 50 to 100 pages into any book, and then winding up not loving the complete package all that much, and bottoming out in the 3, or 3.5, star area. so, we'll see. but this tale of teleportation gone wrong in 2147 seems like the author would have to make a major detour to wreck this wonderful novel. a bit like Version Control in terms of subtly commenting on how committed we are to the wrong future, but lighter in tone--I get the Douglas Adams comparison. I'm also reminded of anything from Seconds, to Rogue Moon, to Echo Round His Bones, to Up The Line, but this book has flecks of all of those ingrained in it, with a unique plot that is none of those. I am at the point where the whole thing could just devolve into a routine Chase scenario--fleeing victim of soulless corporations of the future--but I trust the author will keep it imaginative, and the trimmings of this fascinating future, plus the humor, will make it more than just a running-person set-up. I would love to give out a 4.5 or 5 star rating early this year; The Punch Escrow has what it takes, up to this point.

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text 2018-01-13 19:35
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 356 pages.
The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein

I don't think I'll be reading very many books in my life with the word 'Escrow' in the title--but this one, yes.

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review 2018-01-12 13:31
Shock Doctrine takes 2 and fingers crossed
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein

The first 200 pages of the book is just repeating shock doctrine at the time of Trump election win.


The last 100 pages is the new stuff. But by that time, I have pretty much lost interest in what she is going to say.


Still a logic book but I have a bit of disagreement. 


Brushing over what the liberal have done to Clinton during election and allow that jerk Trump win, that's not just the far right is good at getting the right vote and the people who don't usually vote, voted for Trump. It is also reflect quite badly on the left and it typical not united front. 


Identify politic is bullshit and it is what make people so difficult to work with each other on the left. 


Being kind is good. But think of where the refugee is from and how they could take up the host country value toward women, children, gay is just not realistic. And seeing through rosy lens just wouldn't do.


With that said, she did try to give a message of hope. Based on there are just good people in the world.


But after reading this book, I still feel quite despair. 


For readers who haven't read Shock Doctrine might like this more. For me, it is just boring. 

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