Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ashley Bell

by Dean Koontz

I don't even know what to say about this book.  I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz and some of his books.  In this one Koontz delves into the mind of a coma patient who is fighting an internal battle with forces of evil.  And yet the battle is totally internal.

I thought about this book for weeks afterward, which is a marker of a good book.  I don't know that I enjoyed reading it as much as I've enjoyed some of his others.  My favorites are From the Corner of His Eye and Odd Thomas.  Ashley Bell didn't make it on the list, probably because of the strong sci-fi theme.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Reader's of Broken Wheel Recommend

by Katarina Bivald

A quirky, yet hopeful, book about a Swedish tourist who decides to vacation in a small town in Iowa.  She chose this town because she has been a penpal to a lady who lives there.  Only when she arrives the penpal has died.

 I enjoyed the characters who populate Broken Wheel but I find it quite unlikely that a young woman with no friends or social like in Sweden can move into a floundering town and bring it back to life.

Even with that major hurdle to overcome, the book was fun to read.