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Patterson is a First (Book #5)

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I've recently joined yet another book club; this one being formed by a longtime family friend, Misty.  It's strictly an online forum and a place for, what seems to be, a bunch of mothers to get together and discuss books once a month.  Now, I don't really fit into this category, but I am a book lover and I'm pretty sure that's why Misty invited me to join.  It was decided that the easiest way to determine who chooses books and when would be to make an alphabetical list and go from there.  Needless to say I'm rather far down on the list.  Our first chooser was Betty and she decided on James Patterson's 1st to Die.  I can't recall if I've ever read anything by Patterson, I'm pretty sure I haven't, so this was my first sojourn into the bestseller's world of murder and intrigue.

I picked the book up from the local library and got ready to settle in.  1st to Die is the first novel in the Women's Murder Club series.  These aren't norma…

The Vampire's been Interviewed (Book #4)

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I've recently killed two birds with one stone:  reading Interview with the Vampire for both my A-Z Reading Challenge and for my scattered Edinburgh book club.  This was pretty much a decided factor as the four of us were sitting around a table at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans last month enjoying cafe au laits and beignets (delicious).  I have to say that the book pleasantly surprised me.  Though written and published by Anne Rice in 1976, I had never read the book.  Of course I'd seen the movie adaptation and, though I loved it at the time, since reading the novel I am completely disappointed in the movie.  There is so much that happens in the novel that is not included in the film and vice versa.  Yes, the movie is good, but the book is so much better.

The novel starts with Louis consenting to an interview with a reporter who is only ever referred to as "the boy."  It is through this medium that Louis tells the story of how he became what he is.  He takes us back to …

So Brave, Young, and BLAND (Book #3)

I was so looking forward to reading Leif Enger's new novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome.  Unfortunately, it did not stack up or compare to the beautiful story of Peace like a River, his first novel.  Yes, at times the story clipped along at a brisk pace, but those instances did not occur until the second half of the book.

The story starts with Monte Beckett, a writer attempting and failing at his second novel, his son, Redstart, his wife, Susannah, and Glendon Hale, the mysterious boat builder and river navigator.  These characters come together in a rather predictable fashion and it stays like that in the beginning.  Soon Hale reveals that he will be leaving to make reparations with his ex-wife in Mexico and asks Beckett to come along.  Thus begins a cross-continental journey from Minnesota to California.

As the two set off the reader slowly begins to learn more about each character.  We find out that Hale has been a fugitive for the past few decades for a range of crimes and t…

Are You There, Vodka? (Book #2)

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The second book in my A-Z Book Reading Challenge, and the first on the actual list, Chelsea Handler's Are You There, Vodka?  It's Me, Chelsea was a light, enjoyable read and a good break from the heavier novels that I've been attracted to lately.  I've read both of Handler's other novels, My Horizontal Live and Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang, and have enjoyed all of them.  This choice was a nice mixture of episodes from Handler's seeminly insane life.  I swear that woman gets into more hijinks than I can imagine!  Whether it's getting jumped by a bunch of high school gangster wannabe's or having a midget con artist bum money off her to bail her deadbeat husband our of jail, Handler has a knack for making the reader laugh out loud throughout the book.  She starts the collection with an outrageous lie about starring in a movie with Goldie Hawn that she tells to the school in order to be accepted.  This, of course, leads to more problems that she must lie her…