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Friday, June 18, 2010

Book Report: Lee Child, Peter Carey, Barbara Demick, Catherine Brady.

Quick up-date on what I've been reading:

  1. Just finished 61 Hours by Lee Child.  This book features Child's reoccurring character Jack Reacher.  Entertaining read.  Interesting ending.  Good book for the beach.
  2.  A chapter into Peter Carey's Parrot and Oliver in America, I decided to set the book aside and save it to read when I am traveling.  I think it is going to be a good story, but I may need to be "trapped" with the book to really get engaged in the story.
  3. I skipped and skimmed my way through Barbara Demick's collection of short stories, The Mechanics of Falling.  In comparison to Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer, which is in my mind the gold standard for collections of short stories, The Mechanics of Falling fell short.
  4. Nothing to Envy:  Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Catherine Brady is good because the author has fascinating information about an interesting subject.  Brady's writing style is about a C+, so I'm continuing to work my way through this book solely because I want to read the material.  In contrast to Nothing to Envy, in Charles Bowden's Murder City, which I started reading last night, the author writes in a very stylish and exciting manner about what is also a very compelling topic.  Still, I'm enjoying both books.


  1. Jack Reacher who ALWAYS knows what time it is..

  2. Yes, Jack Reacher. A dangerous yet sensitive man. He isn't looking for trouble, but when trouble finds Reacher, he beats the bad guys. Jack Reacher. Alway on time; always wearing new skivvies.