In a word fascinating! Not just the life of one of the most unusual leaders of the century, but being able to follow the development of the computer and products I never dreamed of growing up. Isaacson is of a pro.
Darkly philosophical, this British detective novel is about as noir as noir can get. The nameless detective investigates the brutal murder of a man who, despite his own artistry and intelligence, had long ago lost his will. The first in the influence Factory Series, this is gritty, edgy, crime fiction at its best and will be appreciated by fans of Ian Rankin, John Connolly and Ken Bruen.
Even if you'd assumed that ex-IRA hitman Jerry Fegan had nowhere to go but completely off the rails in Neville's excellent GHOSTS OF BELFAST, he shows up again in this equally superb sequel. And intense as he is, he's a supporting player - to a very intense situation. (By the way - this guy is one of the best crime writers I've ever read.)
As the title implies, this novel is centered on the far-flung travels of the narrator who is puzzling out her relationships and path in life without staying in one place too long. There are over 100 "chapters" in the book, some only a few sentences long, but they each identify with a particular place in the world. Houston's writing is concise and poetic and I came away feeling like I'd just read a quirky, less self-serving version of Eat, Pray, Love.
The sixth in the Lafferton/Simon Serrailler series, this is another intelligent and brooding mystery from the award-winning Hill. She hits all her marks; great characters, sensitivity and exciting story telling as usual. Louise Penny and British crime fans will thoroughly appreciate this series.
The Stranger's Child, tells the story of a Rupert Brooke-like poet who dazzles and seduces all who meet him. He dies young in the Great War, and as the years pass his reputation soars. Those who knew him, and those who wished they had, vie for his reflected glory, despite the tangled web of myth, lies and secrets buried in the hearts of those he touched.
Seven years after the fall of the Wall in 1989, Funder travels to the former East Germany to interview both the victims and the victimizers of the world’s once most notorious police states. Originally published abroad in 2003 and now seeing its first U.S. publication, the personal stories she relates of courage, heartbreak, and the sometime absurdities of life in GDR are still powerful and compelling.
Stressed out mid-western mom in love with all things Austen applies for a part in a British documentary set in the Regency era. She finds herself instead in the middle of a reality dating show and has to resort to some ingenious wiles, both contemporary and historical, in order to win the guy and the cash. A light hearted romp perfect for Valentine's Day with the added bonus of lots of Jane Austen inspired clothes and manners.
A quite novel for February hibernation.Robin