Friday, August 20, 2004

Booklist 2004 - Part 5

28. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
by Douglas Adams

It was early May when I read this, the fourth of the five "Hitchhiker" novels and don't remember a lot about it. I do remember Arthur Dent ending up back on Earth, which he thought was destroyed. While back on earth, Dent meets the love of his life, discovers that there are no more dolphins and I vaguely recall that Earth is actually a replica of the original Earth (destroyed in favor of the construction of an intergalactic highway). Though as I write this, the actual book is just out of reach and I am far too lazy to get my ass off the couch to scan it for more accurate information to pass on to you, my faithful reader.

Though not a masterpiece, this book does have is share of Adams sarcastic, humorous brilliance and is just a necessary read to those who've made it through the other Hitchhiker adventures.

29. Napalm & Silly Putty
by George Carlin

This is another round of Carlin being Carlin. Short rants, one liners, and a host of strong opinions with an awful lot of laughs. If you enjoyed Carlin's previous book, "Brain Droppings", reviewed in an earlier post, I suspect you'll enjoy this as well. I happen to really like these words that appear in one of the Amazon.com reviews:

Carlin takes no prisoners. I highly recommend these 260 pages of fierce, bleeding-edge social satire and humor. Proof positive that there is true freedom of expression (thank God!) in this country. In any other country they probably would have locked him up a long time ago!

30. 3rd Degree
by James Patterson

This book is the third (and most recent) in the "Women's Murder Club"series co-authored with Andrew Gross. "From the start, the series (1st to Die; 2nd Chance) has felt like high-concept TV with a smart edge, featuring an appealing and reliable cast of four female crime busters (a cop, a prosecutor, a medical examiner, a reporter) who race along byzantine plot lines humming with blood and sex, romance and heartbreak. But Patterson is an author who will detonate readers' presumptions for the sake of story, and in the series' third installment, the prolific author, working with frequent collaborator Gross (The Jester, etc.), defies expectations in a shocking way. Readers will love him for it."(Publishers Weekly)

I fell in love with the four main characters back in 1st to Die (especially Lindsay Boxer, the cop, whose character is so real sometimes you feel like you could touch her). The entire series thus far, including this wonderful book, has the same formulaic pace that makes reading Patterson so much fun. I really love this book as Patterson test's the emotional connection of the reader to his characters by killing off one of them (even Patterson exposed this as part of the press for the book, so I'm not revealing any secrets).

31. Four Blind Mice
by James Patterson

The eighth of the "Alex Cross" novels (for those who've been following along with the posts may be wondering what happened to the sixth and seventh books "Roses are Red" and "Violets are Blue" were terrific as all of the books in this series have been - I had read them a couple of years ago when they were first published) features a series of murders of army wives that appear to have been committed by a good friend of John Sampson (Cross' best friend). However, Sampson is convinced that his friend is being framed and asks Cross to intervene.

The truth that cross discovers actually had me quaking because of the potential reality. Something of an exploration of the old saying that "absolute power corrupts absolutely;" A great, yet somewhat frightening read.

32. Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
by Al Franken

A hysterical look as the frightening truth of the George Bush administration and the insanity of the right wing media. I enjoyed reading this book as much as it made me feel like someone was scraping at my brain with a plastic fork.

Along with the diatribe there are several enjoyable antics where "Team Franken", basically a group of Harvard interns, push the envelope of comedic expose revealing ugly truths through side-splitting laughter.

33. Icebound
by Dean Koontz

Koontz has been incredibly prolific over his thirty plus year career but this one falls short of a worthy read. I really hate to say it but I hated this book. In fact, I have nothing more to say about it other than if you have any interest, you can follow the amazon.com link to read the reviews there.

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