Archive for January, 2010

January 24th, 2010

What are You Reading? (Jan 25, 2010)

by Gwen



Books completed last week:


Books I am currently reading:

  • Water by Steven Solomon – this one is pretty boring and I am struggling with it.
  • The Women in His Life by Barbara Taylor Bradford


Books I Still Need to Write Reviews On:



My Good News:

I am slowly recovering from my dog attack and am excited that I started reviewing books for the Sacramento Book Review this month.

January 18th, 2010

The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

by Gwen

The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman
A sweeping and detailed view of the neoconservative movement in American politics is contained in The Forty Years War. Colodny & Shachtman trace the movement to German expatriate and Pentagon official, Fritz Kramer who taught his devotees, including Kissinger, Haig, and Rumsfeld, that the right path for America was military prowess.
The Neocons battle for power and influence, sometimes from behind the scenes and often right in the oval office itself, just might change your view of who really holds the reigns of our government and ultimately, the destiny of America.
While I didn’t consider myself a political neophyte prior to reading this, it did teach me that there is a lot more that I need to learn to become a fully informed voter. You are seldom voting for one candidate, you are voting for the people behind the candidate.
The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061253898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061253898
  • January 6th, 2010

    Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel by William Boyd

    by Gwen

    “Let us start with the river- all things begin with the river and we shall probably end there, no doubt- but let’s wait and see how we go. Soon, in a minute or two, a young man will come and stand by the river’s edge, here at Chelsea Bridge, in London.”
    Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel
    An intriguing start to what turned out to be a rolling suspense novel like no other I have read in quite a while. Adam Kindred is a hunted man. Hunted by the police for a murder that he didn’t commit, hunted by the guy with the cleft chin that Adam thinks is responsible, he has to learn how not to be Adam Kindred. He has to hide in plain sight and make a life for himself.
    While Adam is hiding, he picks up a few identities, makes a few friends, avenges a few people, losses a friend and all the while a pharmaceutical company called Calenture-Duetz is claiming that they have found a drug that cures Asthma. Is this drug related to the murder that Adam is accused of? Can he unravel the secret?
    The plot is well developed and multi-layered which kept me turning the pages and staying up late to finish. The other aspect of the novel that hit me was that with all of the technology we have now a days, it is very hard to hide, even harder in London with CCTV on 24/7. It had me thinking….if I was being hunted, what would I do? Would I make the same choices Adam Kindred did?
    Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel by William Boyd
    Hardcover: 416 pages
    Publisher: Harper (January 26, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0061876747
    ISBN-13: 978-0061876745
    William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; and Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year.