The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris

5 09 2010

I reread Silence of the Lambs recently as part of the Killer-Thriller Challenge I am doing with a friend.  Despite the fact that I usually have a strict rule against rereading books (why reread when there are so many good books out there) as part of the challenge we agreed it was necessary to do it.  I am so glad that I did read this again.  I read this for the first time probably in 1990, unbelievably I bought it from the Barnes and Nobles Bargain Bins.  I loved it the first time. It has such great atmosphere and characters.  However, what I had forgotten was that it also had great wit and that Harris’s language was so descriptive.

Well, there are 30 books for me to reread on the list so I am happy to say that the experience of reading SoL for the second time was a good one.  I picked up so much more from it then I remembered from the first time around and also realized that despite how good the movie was the book is so much better. Hopefully, the other 29 will prove to be as enjoyable the second time as well.

Book borrowed from the library.


The Prodigal Returns

10 08 2010

It has been quite a while since my last post. I think the main reason for this is that despite the fact that I have read 24 books since my last post in May, most of them did not inspire me to write about them and even the ones that did merit the effort of being written about got lost in the fact that I moved on so quickly to reading the next book.

I will follow this post with a number of mini-posts to catch up.

Waiter Rant

27 05 2010

Despite the fact that I have a huge personal library filled with books that are begging to be read, I have been frequenting the new, state-of-the-art library in downtown West Palm Beach. It is gorgeous and has a lot of great books that I have not been able to find in other libraries.

Anyway, as I was perusing the stacks I came across a book called Waiter Rant. Since I waited on tables for many years I thought it sounded interesting and so I picked it up.

The anonymous author of this book is very interesting, an ex seminary student, pyschologist, marketeer who found himself out of work and in need of a job starts working in the restaurant biz for quick cash and a flexible schedule. Of course he fully expected to go back out in to the “real” world and get a “real” job. But as many waiters will tell you, the restaurant industry sucks you in and seems to keep you in thrall. The lifestyle is great, especially if you are young and you meet loads of interesting people, your customers included.

I liked this book but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.  I wish it had had more stories of the goings on in the restaurant and a little less analysis of why people sometimes act the way they do when it comes to power and food. 

Anyway, Waiter Rant is funny and will be especially appreciated by anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant business.  The sequel has just been released, I guess I will have to read that one too.

Borrowed from the library.

A Long Break

27 05 2010

Well, it has been quite a while since my last post.  I have done quite a bit of reading but not much that has inspired me to write about it.  In fact, I did waste quite a lot of time reading a book that I eventually had to put down and admit that I could not read it at all.  This book happens to be on the NYT Bestseller list, probably has been for quite a while but it is definitely not for me.  It reminded of why I tend to be a bit of a book snob and usually stick to Contemporary Literature rather than what the marketing execs of the big publishing firms tell me to read.

Anyway, I do have a book I am going to post about and that post will be coming up soon.  I also have a cookbook I am going to write about soon.  So, come back to catch up with me soon.

Good-but a little disappointing

12 04 2010

Her Fearful Symmetry is the newest novel by
Audrey Niffenegger of The Time Traveler’s Wife fame.  The Time Traveler’s Wife was one of the most gripping, touching and emotional novels I have ever read and when I picked this one up I was hoping for the same emotional rollercoaster ride.

What I got was a spooky, creepy and totally engrossing ghost story.  There is no denying that Audrey Niffenegger is a wonderful, entertaining writer.  This was not the TT’sW but it deserves fame and a strong readership in its own right.  It is books like Symmetry and TT’sW that always leave me in awe wondering how people come up with these ideas and once they come up with them how do they develop them and make all the characters, especially the very odd group that people this story, come to life. 

I did enjoy this book, it kept me riveted and I finished it in record time but I think I was disappointed that my emotions were not all wound up with the characters.  I did not cry through whole chapters like I did with TT’sW and I love a book that can make me cry.

Both of Audrey Niffenegger’s novels are wonderful showcases for her very ripe and active imagination and although I was not as overwhelmed by this story as by her first I can’t wait for the next one.

This book was borrowed from the library.

Personal Note

12 04 2010

I am remiss in keeping up with my blog.  I was trying to make some changes to it and did not want to add any posts until I had finished.  It has taken me longer than I anticipated to realize that what I am trying to do may be possible but I can’t figure it out right now and in the mean time I am reading and not posting.   So, I am about to add a number of book comments/reviews for what I have read over the last three weeks.  Wow, 6 books in 3 weeks, I am pretty amazed at myself.

First Post Ever!

24 02 2010

So, here I am, finally writing my first post for my new blog. This first post will not be about a particular book, although the next one will be. This post will about why I decided to start doing this.

The catalyst for starting the blog was reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. A friend who was also reading it wanted to talk about it and I thought hey, why don’t I just start blogging. Then I can talk to lots of people about what I am reading, what they are reading, and who likes what.

I will talk more about the Stephen King book in my next post, suffice it to say that I enjoyed it more than I had expected to.

So, here I am and I hope you will continue to visit me and to read with me.