Tuesday, November 16, 2010


ImmortalImmortal by Traci L. Slatton

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The same person who referred me to The Help and Cutting for Stone told me I HAD to read this book. She warned that I would hate it at first, but that it would get better and better. I kept waiting for it to get better, and it never did. I didn't care about the main character, Luca, a decendent from Seth who inheriets an extra-long life span. Despite living for almost 2 centuries, he never seems to learn anything. He has special powers and yet he hardly ever uses them for anything other than killing. He is the same at the beginning as he is at the end. The only redeeming quality about this boring book is that it does detail the history of Florence. That's it.

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Cutting for Stone

Cutting for StoneCutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I loved the poetry of the language, the pacing and action of the novel, the characters with whom I fell in love with--especially the father Ghosh and the narrator Marion--and the setting in Ethiopia,complete with breathtaking landscapes, the political instability at times, and the heart and soul of its people. Highly recommended!

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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied VictoryOperation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben MacIntyre

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love it when nonfiction reads better than fiction. Who could make this up? Borrowed from a little-known mystery story, British spies take a body and plant false documentation on it to convince the Germans they are attacking Sardinia instead of Sicily. It's amazing the amount of work it takes to make the documents and the story believeable. It's amazing how the Germans retrieved the information, and how the British were able to tell they had opened it--(ah! the importance of an eyelash!). It's amazing the group of creative, smart people that were employed in espionage--Ian Flemming, le Carre,--and the characters--guys who went undercover as women, the brother of the inventor of ping-pong, a guy that hunted locusts in Africa after the war. It's really a fascinating story and made even more readable by MacIntyre's telling--it reads like the best of novels.

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