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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins

This is an awesome, awesome book.  I didn't want it to end.  It was one of the books my niece recommended, so I'm not surprised it was good.  She has great taste.

A man takes up a job as an art instructor for a young lady at a house in the country.  On the way there, he meets a mysterious woman in white who is running from something.  She knew the mother of this man's new student, and when he arrives at his destination, he does a little detective work to find out more about her.

He tutors and inevitably falls in love.  Things then get complicated, fast.  The woman in white keeps appearing in the story--driving the plot.

Things happen.  I don't want to give anything away.  The book consists of various characters telling their part of the tale from their point a view.

Though the story moves slowly, it still kept me on the edge of my seat.   This is definitely a must-read book.

Book Review: "The Real Custer" by James S. Robbins

I like historical non-fiction, and I like reading about interesting characters.  Custer is certainly that.  He was courageous and flamboyant; smart and politically unsavvy.  He was a great general in the Civil War, without doubt.  After the war, in the cavalry, he struggled to find his greatness.

His time at West Point as a young man was particularly interesting.  The Civil War battles got a little boring for me, but they were well written and thorough.  Those who like that kind of thing would like how the author handled them.

I thought his relationship with his wife was one filled with much love and devotion.  As in everything--Custer went into love with both feet first--and conquered.

The Battle of the Little Bighorn is the tragic climax of the book, of course.  Since no one survived, the author admits that the details are sketchy and gives the most honest account, possible.

I liked the book.  Now the big question that I always have with biographies--did I like the man?  If I met him, I don't believe we could have been friends--he was just way too different then me.  Seriously, would anyone call me flamboyant?

Book Review: "Naked Prey" by John Sanford

Yes, I do read some contemporary novels.  I like police stories, detective stories and mysteries in general.

This was a good book.  It was fast-paced and had a creative plot.  Two bodies are found hanging in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  The young lady who found the bodies is fascinated with the investigation and gets herself involved in it.  She was the best character in the book.

Before you know it, more murders occur and the plot gets more twisted and exciting.  It is an easy read compared to what I have been reading, but sometimes that is a good thing.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review: "Anything for Billy" by Larry McMurtry

This is a totally fictional and totally enjoyable version of the story of Billy the Kid.  Truly, the story is more about the narrator, Mr. Sippy, a half-dime novelist who goes out west to experience the west, first hand.  He fails as a train robber and ends up meeting Billy.

Unlike McMurty's Lonesome Dove novels which were deep and sad, this is light and fun.  It is fast paced and filled with excitement.  A great western novel.