Monday, July 23, 2012

People's Choice 2012: More fiction

Here are more book reviews from people participating in Burbank READS Into the Night, including various fiction genres:

Private Games, by James Patterson
This was the third book in the James Patterson "Private" trilogy, so to speak. This one was based in London, and Private London, a security company, has been hired as security for the Olympics. When the members of the Olympic Committee, as well as Olympians, begin dying in horrific accidents, Peter Knight (of Private London) has to figure out who is behind the killings before it's too late. A local reporter has been receiving letters from the killer, so the reporter and Knight must work together.
Recommended by Jamie B.

Redshirts, by John Scalzi
Very, very meta. This book is not just funny, it's hilarious! This is a book that can be easily enjoyed by Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike, although having a bit of a "Trek background" will cut you into a few extra inside jokes. It's a quick read, easy to understand and entertaining. Not too much I can say about what goes on in the book itself, without giving away the plot and I'm not going to give away the plot because I want everyone to read it for themselves!
Recommended by Ipo C.

The Illusion, by Frank Peretti
This book is a great blend of mystery writing about magic, mixed with a sci-fi element, plus an underlying message about the power of love. I recommend this book for your summer reading. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommended by Michael C.

The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
This well-written historical novel follows an interesting woman (a seamstress) through her survival of the sinking of the Titanic and the aftermath of the trial. Until I read this book, I never could quite understand the fascination so many have with the Titanic. Until this book, I never quite understood how it shaped American culture.
Recommended by Cecilia E.

True Blue, by David Baldacci
True Blue is the story of Mason "Mace" Perry, a police officer who was framed and imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit. Her sister is chief of police, which comes in handy when Mace tries to redeem herself and earn her badge back by solving a major crime. She befriends Roy Kingman, a DC attorney. Together, they work to solve the crime Mace is working on, as well as uncovering the mystery of the dead woman Kingman finds in the refrigerator at his law firm. I was glued to this story from beginning to end!
Recommended by Mary F.

To Fetch a Thief, by Spencer Quinn
This is the third mystery novel by Quinn. Dog On It and Thereby Hangs a Tail are the first books in the series. As in the other novels, the mystery is narrated by Chet the dog, who is the most engaging and entertaining dog in literature. Chet is owned and works with P.I. Bernie Little. The story in this novel is about finding an elephant missing from a traveling circus. The adventure and mystery are exciting and full of twists and turns. Lots of Sam Spade style here. As always, Chet is never happier than when he and Bernie are on a case. This story (as told by Chet) is full of dog wisdom and a joy for life that is both optimistic and irresistible. This third in Quinn's mystery series is the most exciting. The characters are all well written-human and four-legged ones. I would recommend this book to all who love dogs and/or a good mystery. The narration by a dog is very clever and interesting idea. A dog's view of human behavior is humorous indeed.
Recommended by JoAnn F.

Sarah's Key, by Tatiana DeRosnay
I missed the movie, so I decided to read the book, which is very good. The past is interwoven with the present, and the reader discovers what happened when the French police took a French family away on a fateful day during 1942. Note: One chapter is in the past and the next is in the present and the book continues this way; it is not difficult to follow and I recommend it. It is a good read--although sad.
Recommended by Jeanne G.

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