Thursday, July 6, 2017

World of Sleuths

A week ago, I started a new blog titled, "World of Sleuths". In this new blog I post reviews and talk  about mystery and thrillers since it seems I tend to read more books from those genres. Don't worry, I am still going post book reviews in this blog such as non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy and classics that aren't mysteries or thrillers. I just wanted to start a blog that encompasses the genre's that I tend to read a majority and give it a name that reflects that.

You can see the new blog at http://world-of-sleuths.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Review #44: My Cross to Bear

My Cross to Bear is the autobiography by Gregg Allman from 2012. In this book he talks about several topics from his life such as him and Duane as kids, the forming of their various bands including The Allman Brothers Band, the deaths of Duane and Barry Oakley, the turbulence in the band, his girlfriends and wives (including Cher) and his kids, his drug and alcohol addictions and overcoming them, his liver transplant and his getting to know his kids after they’ve grown up.

It’s an interesting read that gives an insight in some of what it’s like being a member of a famous rock band. He discusses the struggles getting the band going and getting record deals.

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Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Review #43: A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is a non-fiction book written by Bill Bryson about his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail along with his boyhood friend, Stephen Katz. Prior to this Bryson was known for his books on hiking and travel in the United Kingdom and Europe. Hiking the Appalachian trail was a lot different than his previous hike. He tells about his adventures in his own humorous way.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail used to be a dream of mine, but with my health problems, I know that it will never happen. I have read people’s trail journals on the Internet telling of their hikes along the Appalachian Trail and picture in my mind doing it. I used to be a hiking merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts, so I already knew a lot of the terminology and requirements for hiking, so I had no problem following along with their hike in this book. My only complaint is that the author would start talking about stuff that happened in the areas they were hiking in the past, some of it not really related to hiking which started making it slow reading for me.

There is a saying in the hiking community, “Hike your own hike.” It means that there is no set rules that you have to hike by (most of the time), but do it your own way. Bill Bryson and Stephen Katz definitely did hike their own hike.

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Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

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Book Review #42: The Blue Fairy Book

The Blue Fairy Book is the first of twelve compilations of fairy tales that were compiled and Edited by Andrew Lang between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Each one is named after a different color. This compilation contains 37 fairy tales from all over the world including some well known ones such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Rumplestiltzkin and The Forty Thieves among others.

There are some of the fairy tales that I like and others that I didn’t care for in this book. Some of them are more morbid than I remember my teachers reading to us in the earlier grades in elementary school back in the sixties. I think this could be a good series for fans of fantasy to read. It contains a lot of magic and battles with ogres, giants and witches among others. I had trouble reading the last two fairy tales in the book because they are Scottish fairy tales and the English in those two is different from what I’m used to here in the United States.

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Tim’s Rating: ***
(Three out of five stars)


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review #41: Without Remorse

Without Remorse is the seventh novel written by Tom Clancy, the first in the Jack Ryan Universe. John Clark is a hero that appeared in several Jack Ryan novels beginning with The Cardinal of the Kremlin. He instantly became a loved hero along with Jack Ryan. This book takes place well before Jack Ryan foiled the terrorist attack in London (see http://tims-reviews.blogspot.com/2017/03/book-review-33-patriot-games.html) during the Vietnam war had details how a former Navy Seal starts working for the CIA. It includes a dangerous and unlawful side of him that was taken care of by the CIA once he became a regular employee of theirs.

This is a book that I first read when it came out and finally reread. It is 750 pages of action in the way that only Tom Clancy could have written. If you can’t imagine, it is among my favorite books.

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Tim’s Rating: *****
(Five out of five stars)


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Book Review #40: Nevada Rose

Nevada Rose by Jerome Preisler is the tenth novel in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series baased on the popular television show. In this book Catherine Willows and Warrick Brown are investigating the death of “Nevada” Rose Demille, an attractive woman known for pursuing and entering reltionsips with well known athletes. In the meantime, Gil Grissom, Greg Sanders and Sara Sidle are working on the case that was discovered in the artificial lake at a golf course. It turns out the that body was of a miner who along with his brother had discovered a gem that is the biggest of it’s kind that they named Nevada Rose and was worth big money.

This novel is full of twists in the plots that keeps the reader trying to figure out who killed each of them. This is the second CSI book that I’ve read and like the other, I enjoyed reading. I’ll pick up other books in this series whenever I come across them in stores.

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Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of Five stars)

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Book Review #39: One of Ours

One of Ours is the fifth novel by Willa Cather. It is about Claude Wheeler, the son of a wealthy farmer in rural Nebraska in the early twentieth century. After attending college in Lincoln for a couple years, Claude’s father decides to purchase a ranch in Colorado which will be ran by Claude’s brother, Ralph, and Claude will run the farm in Nebraska so his father can go between the two. Claude starts feeling he has no meaning in life, especially after a marriage gone bad. When World War I starts in Europe, Claude and his mother are caught up in reading whatever they can about it in the newspapers. Shortly after the United States enters the war, Claude decides to enlist in the Army before the draft starts. He is given a commission and is made an instructor to get men trained and ready for going to Europe. Claude is finally sent a year later and finally feels that he has meaning in his life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is my first book read by this author and with the way it is written, I know it won’t be the last. The way she describes the Nebraska farmland and in France during the war makes you feel that you are there with Claude. I recently started gaining more of an interest in World War I and plan on reading more books about it.

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Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

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