Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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    * Characterization. Are the characters flat or three dimensional? Does character development occur? Are they more important than the plot?
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  1. Just finished reading "Heart & Soul" by Maeve Binchy. This is an excellent book! The story line is very good and easy to follow. The characters are well-developed, interesting and realistic. This book is one that you don't want to put down. I read it in a day and a half.

    Jeanette Raash

  2. Jeanette,

    Thanks for posting a review. I put it up on the blog. If you let me know which branch you frequent, I'll send you a library T-shirt to pick up.


  3. Almost finished with "Too Much Happiness" by Alice Munro. I have been reading one story each day. She has only gotten better and this is her best story collection yet and has won the International Booker Prize. The plots of the stories are dark urban legends, but (as always) full of human understanding and depth, just as all of Munro's stories.

  4. The First Moon Landing - Graphic Novel by Thomas K. Adamson & illustrated by Gordon Purcell and Terry Beatty

    I loved the pictures in this book, full color and not your typical comic-book style. Large pictures in full color with realistic cast, not in cartoon style. The story was about the First moon landing and did tell some of the earlier space attempts, but the majority of the story was the moon landing. At the end of the story, there was a couple of pages, in capsule form, on more about Apollo 11. This would be a good format for someone who wanted a quick history on Apollo 11 and the First Moon Landing.

    Reviewed by Robin Warren-Busigo
    HDO staff

  5. Michelle Garrison WilliamsFebruary 23, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    13 Rue Therese
    by Elena Mauli Shapiro

    This is a fiction work centered around a box of momentoes that were left in the apartment building where the author grew up in Paris. After a lady passed away, none of her family came to claim the belongings and her Mother kept them. Although this is the Shapiro's first novel, it is full of insight and adorably sentimental.

  6. Thanks Michelle,

    I've posted your review.


  7. Book Review b Angie Brummett
    Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

     Isaiah 21:6 reads: “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” 

    Other reviewers are presenting the hero of To Kill a Mockingbird as a bigot. However, I felt that the Watchman reference was Ms. Lee's saying that everyone of us has a watchman inside of us as our conscience who speaks to us to do right by all that share this Earth. Atticus and Hank attended the “City Council” meetings—the current Political Force---even though they feel offended by some of the speeches so they would know who “he'd be fighting if the the time ever came to—he had to find out who they were....”(p. 230).

    Atticus did a good job raising a daughter that was “color-blind” in a very small town that could be anywhere in the USA. So he was proud of a daughter that would stand up for others even against himself.

    I really liked the story and the moral that Ms. Harper Lee once again “knocked out of the ball park.” She creates a great setting and characters with good hearts. I heartily recommend reading the story to go along with her To Kill a Mockingbird.

    1. Ms Brummett,

      Thanks for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed Ms Lee's new book.

      Amy Poe