November Reads, 2010

ReadingRoundup_dsWinter is arriving with a bang this morning.  Right now, it’s a warm 70°F, but temperatures are supposed to start falling after noon, dropping into the twenties tonight, and struggling to reach 50°F for the next several days.   Excellent weather relaxing with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, a kitty in my lap, and good book.

Due to yet more problems with the library server, a lot of the books I requested were delayed.  The issue this time is that they got a new server, and a lot of things got kind of screwy during the data transfer (during which they were closed for about a week).  It’s still not entirely straightened out, and I don’t really like the way the new online catalog works, but, at least, it works.  Sort of…

Anyway, November was an okay reading month, with nothing really all that stellar.  Watchers was by the far the best one.

  • The Hittite by Ben Bova – An interesting take on the Trojan War and The Iliad that fell flat due to the melodrama that was Helen. Rating: 3.5
  • Watchers by Dean Koontz –  A wonderfully horrifying, yet poignant tale that, unfortunately, just kept going a little too long.  Rating: 4.5
  • The Guru of Love by Samrat Upadhyay –  First, whoever edited this book needs to be fired.  There were typos galore, and even entire words missing.  Second, the story was okay, but never really grabbed me except to get mildly huffy at Ramchandra’s hypocrisy.  Rating:  3
  • The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose –  I didn’t like this one as much as I did The Memorist.  The ending was just too unsatisfying.  And I can’t help but wonder about the other Memory Tools on the list.  Rating:  3.5
  • The Last Plantagenets by Thomas Costain –  A bit dated, but I find Mr. Costain’s writing style vastly entertaining.  He has the gift of making history both enlightening and enjoyable.  I did find the placement of the maps slightly annoying.  Why was I looking at a map of the Battle of Barnet while reading about the Battle of Agincourt?  The Agincourt map was placed during the discussion of the treason trials of 1388.  Rating:  3

Hopefully I’ll get more reading done in December.   And, for those of you interested in digital scrapbooking, I’ve been working on a couple of things, so the bookless weeks were not completely wasted.  🙂

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