7/8/14

Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry



★★★½

GENRE: Historical Mystery
SUBJECT: Child Pornography
Setting: London, England
CHARACTERS: William Monk, Hester Monk, Scuff, Oliver Rathbone, Arthur Ballinger, Rupert Cardew
DATE READ: July 1 - July 7
NO. OF PAGES: 535
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI 
SOURCE: Public Library

PLOT:....................................................................3.50
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................3.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................3.50
STYLE:..................................................................3.50
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................3.50
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.50
Threshold Quality.................................................3.50
Average..............................................................................................3.50 


The River Police are contacted when a body is found.  When identified as Mickey Parfitt, a local pimp of young boys,  Monk sees it as a chance to shut down the local child pornography trade. After rescuing 14 young boys from Parfitt's boat, Monk determines that he needs to find the man in charge of the illegal trade.  Following all the clues and the information that he can gather, Monk conduct tests which prove that it's possible for  that Arthur Ballinger could have committed the murder.

When Ballinger is arrested, his son-in-law, Sir Oliver Rathbone prepares to defend him, but Oliver develops his own misgivings as to Ballinger's innocence.

The effects of the outcome of the trial on friendships and other relationship of the main characters will most likely continue for sometime.

Time for the next book will be soon!

6/30/14

Little ship of fools : 16 rowers, 1 improbable boat, 7 tumultuous weeks on the Atlantic by Charles Wilkins



★★★½

GENRE: Memoir
SUBJECT: effort to row across the Atlantic
Setting: Atlantic Ocean
CHARACTERS: Charles Wilkins, Tom Butscher
DATE READ: June 13 - June 30
NO. OF PAGES: 302
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI ,  GEOCAT
SOURCE: Public Library

PLOT:....................................................................3.50
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................3.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................3.50
STYLE:..................................................................3.50
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................3.50
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.50
Threshold Quality.................................................3.50
Average..............................................................................................3.50 

Turn your imagination on.  Picture yourself on a rowboat designed like a catamaran with an area of 8 small bunks and 8 rowing positions.  There is one very small cabin for eating.  You are assigned a bunk and a rowing position and for the next 7 WEEKS you will row for two hours, sleep/eat for two hours, and repeat.  You will continue in this sequence even when your body is exhausted, you have no food and you will begin to wonder if you will ever see land again.

A great adventure story.

6/29/14

Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn by William Mann



 ★★★¼

GENRE: Biography
SUBJECT: Life of Katharine Hepburn
Setting: Connecticut, Hollywood
CHARACTERS: Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, George Cukor, Thomas Hepburn
DATE READ: June 17 - June 29
NO. OF PAGES: 656
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , 
SOURCE: ARD stockpile

PLOT:....................................................................3.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................3.00
TOPICS: ...............................................................3.50
STYLE:..................................................................3.50
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................3.00
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.00
Threshold Quality.................................................3.00
Average..............................................................................................3.19 


Just about every biography of Katharine Hepburn was written and influence by Katharine Hepburn herself, however, this book was undertaken after her death and the research that was used were paper trails -  itineraries of ships, trains, planes, along with schedules for theater shows, etc.  Mann also explored her sexuality in a way not previously defined.  He insinuates at times that she was gay, transgender, bisexual, but never comes to a conclusion.  

However, I'm not sure how well we can accept the stories that he tells.  Someone else's life will always seem different to other people than to the person who lived it.

This book said many things about  Katharine Hepburn as well as Spencer Tracy, George Cukor, and Howard Hughes but whether you care to believe it, is your choice.

6/18/14

Richard Castle's Deadly Storm by Brian Michael Bendis



 ★★¾

GENRE: Graphic Novel
SUBJECT:
Setting:
CHARACTERS:
DATE READ: June 15 - June 16
NO. OF PAGES: 285
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , 
SOURCE: Public Library

PLOT:....................................................................3.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................2.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................3.00
STYLE:..................................................................2.50
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................2.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................2.50
OWNERSHIP:......................................................2.50
Threshold Quality.................................................2.50
Average..............................................................................................2.63 


I've always told myself that I would  try a graphic novel and when this one debutted I thought it would be perfect.  However, I have not changed my mind, a graphic novel is not a real book, IMO, it is just a comic "book".

This graphic "novel" was too difficult to follow for a novice of the "genre". The artwork left something to be desired and the story seemed missing in focus.

6/15/14

The Proposal by Mary Balogh



★★★½

GENRE: Romance
SUBJECT: class differences
Setting: England
CHARACTERS: Hugo Emes (Trentham), Lady Gwendoline Muir
DATE READ: June 9 - June 13
NO. OF PAGES: 285
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , 
SOURCE: ebook stockpile

PLOT:....................................................................3.50
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................3.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................3.00
STYLE:..................................................................4.00
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................3.50
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.50
Threshold Quality.................................................3.50
Average..............................................................................................3.50 

What I loved about this story was the fact that the hero (shy yet strong and family-oriented)  puts aside his own feelings and decides that he needs to marry to advance his sister's prospects.  With the help of friends he meets and begins to court a widow who has a physical handicap.  The love story that evolves shows that what's on the inside is far more important than what's on the the outside.