Review: Dead Reckoning

September 30, 2011

Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not my favorite Sookie Stackhouse book. The plot was thin although it did bring in old characters. There was a good wrap up for the Victor story line but the fairy stuff was thin and Eric was acting very odd the whole time. It was a good way to spend some time but not going to be one of my favorite books. I am hoping that since there are only 2 books left before the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, Harris can gather her loose ends tidily and bring these series back to the original books and how they were wonderful.

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Review: Honolulu

September 28, 2011

Honolulu
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another book that my mom recommended for me but also a very nice look into the history of Hawaii. Told through the eyes of Jin, a picture bride from Korea. She has a not-so-unique situation of immigrants to Hawaii but it is portrayed quite well and Brennert does his best to present all sides of the equation including haoles, locals, fictional and nonfictional characters in his book. I was disappointed that the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its effect on Honolulu was skipped in the timelines as we went from the early Depression straight to 1957. It was a fast read but enjoyable. A good beach or train book to pass the time.

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Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

September 24, 2011

Moloka'iMoloka’i by Alan Brennert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A look into the somewhat shameful past of Hawaii and its treatment of residents who are infected with Hansen’s disease better known as leprosy. We follow Rachel Kalama from her early childhood in Honolulu who is then sent to Molokai when she is found out as a “leper”. The story also focuses on other figures in her life such as Sister Catherine who helps raise her, her husband Kenji and all of the other residents of Kalaupapa as well as historical events like the death of King Kalakaua, the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Very well researched and engaging as I followed Rachel throughout her life. I will admit I knew of leprosy but not a lot before reading this novel but Brennert does a great job of showing the different phases and incarnations of Hansen’s disease through his characters. Probably not something I would have picked up on my own even though I adore Hawaii but well done.

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Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

September 22, 2011

Mrs. KimbleMrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very interesting read that examines the lives of three women who all marry the same man. Ken Kimble is an absentee husband and father but three very different women marry him for different reasons and at different times in their lives. It was a very fast read but an intriguing one. I’m not sure if my mom was trying to warn me about the perils of marriage since I am newly married but it was a good look into both history and how women have and have not changed in their views of men and marriage since 1969.

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