June 11, 2012

Reviews From Library Users

Here are some more reviews from your fellow library users!

Unlocked, by Karen Kingsbury.  Given 4 out of 5 on the review.  The patron said, "Karen Kingsbury at her best-- she takes hard issues, in this case autism, bullying, and suicide, and weaves a story of hope around them."

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, by Eoin Colfer.  4 out of 5.  "Entertaining book... as usual for this author.  Brings in characters and weaves in story lines from previous books in the series.  Nice surprises and fun dialogue."

Alcatraz versus the Shattered Lens, by Brandon Sanderson.  5 stars!  "A hilarious 4th novel in the Alcatraz series.  Sanderson's writing style sounds much like that of a fourteen year old boy on a sugar high-- fast-paced, a bit random, and altogether idiotically amusing!"

Crazy Love, by Francis Chan.  5 stars!  "Do our actions, as Christians, really flow out of hearts overwhelmed by God's love?  This is the challenge that Chan focuses on in this book as he addresses the church of our Western, affluent country.  Chan's easy-to-read prose and logical arguments boldly question Christians complacency.  We may claim to love the poor, but are we actually living that out?"

These Is My Words, by Nancy E. Turner.  5 stars!  "This is one of those books which proves Emerson's quote 'Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.'  Wonderfully written.  A fascinating account of one young woman's life in the Arizona Territories."

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, by Kristin Levine.  (no rating given.)  "A touching story about growing up in the South during the racial conflict of the early 1900s.  While innocent enough for kids of all ages, this book is thought [provoking] enough for adults as well."

Equus, by Peter Shaffer.  1 out of 5.  "Although granted, this play is well-written, it (in my eyes) offers no recognizable moral or practical point which might possibly excuse its overindulged fascination in the morbid and perverse.  Nor does it offer entertainment or relaxation-- in me it provoked nothing but disgust."

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.  5 stars!  "This is an amazing (and wonderfully written) story though the title is misleading.  Louis was broken-- not by being deprived of the chance to be the first to achieve the four minute mile, not by being adrift on the ocean after his B-24 crashed into the Pacific, and not by the horrific treatment he experienced as a POW in Japan, but by alcoholism, hate and a desperate thirst for revenge all after his release.  Yet this broken man was made whole again by the only one who can fix broken people."

One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde.  5 stars!  Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors.  This book is set in Bookworld which has its own set of rules, somewhat like a science fiction novel.  In this book our heroine, Thursday Next, is missing from the real world.  Her fictional counterpart, Written Thursday Next, must find her.  What ensues is an incredible adventure/mystery story with lots of hidden word puns!  Recommended for fans of clever wordplay or Terry Pratchett novels."

What great reviews!  Thanks, readers!

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