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March 2007 Reading List
Here are the books I have read for the month of March. There’s a legend that explains the rating system below the reviews.
1 The Truth About Celia by Kevin Brockmeier ©2003 – Kind of a jumbled story about an author and his wife whose child becomes irretrievably lost one day. The novel is written from the perspective of different people in the story, and also has an element of fantasy to it. Although oddly structured, I love Brockmeier’s lyric prose so much that I couldn’t help but be spellbound by it. ☻☻☻☻
2 No Good Deeds by Laura Lippmann © 2006 – Baltimore P.I. covers up the identity of a witness to a crime to protect him from killers who want to keep the truth hidden. ☻☻☻
3 Poster Child by Emily Rapp © 2007 – Autobiographical memoir about a woman born with a birth defect that results in the amputation of her left foot and part of her left leg. The woman as a girl copes well with her disability and prosthetic leg; however as she grows to womanhood issues of vanity and ego hinder her. I felt little empathy for the author because I did not like her egoistic tone and basic philosophies of life. A little humility would be nice here.☻☻☻
4 Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde ©1996 – A translation of the 33 Energies of Man, believed to originate with Taoists in China. Deeply insightful and revelatory for me. Lots of tips for success in life through spirituality (NOT organized religion) ☻☻☻☻☻
5 The Force by Stuart Wilde ©1984 – Unfortunately not as good as #5 above. While I agree with a lot of what the author says, I strongly disagree with his viewpoints on charitable giving – he seems to feel it doesn’t do anybody any good, neither the recipient or the giver. While I agree with him that you can’t help people that don’t want to be helped, I disagree that a starving child is not helped by sending funds that will buy her a bag of food. I doubt this author has ever been exposed to the theories of Abraham Maslow, who states that when the basic physical needs are met, the next development for a human being is spiritual. This book was a grave disappointment considering how wonderful the last book was.☻
6 Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle © 2006 – Unpopular CDC agent tries to figure out where an epidemic of hemorrhagic disease deaths is coming from. A story that involves creating new organs for people needing transplants and how benevolent intent can become malevolent when greed is involved. ☻☻☻
7 Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian ©2000 – Novel about a transsexual (male to female) and how his (her) choice affects the lives of those who love him/her, particularly his heterosexual girlfriend and the faculty of the college he/she teaches at. The subject is beautifully and tastefully handled, and makes a case for human love no matter what form it takes. I like this author’s style and will definitely read more of him. ☻☻☻☻☻
8 Dark Light by Randy Wayne White ©2006 – Ex-government agent and marine biologist Doc Ford and divers examine the partially uncovered wreck of a boat believed to be a German U Boat from WWII – right off the South Florida coast! He discovers that this boat ties in with some of the local residents, especially a beautiful elderly lady. Exciting, keeps you reading. Fun mystery with just a tiny touch of romance that will not bother male readers in the least. One of a series.☻☻☻☻
No false starts this month.
☻☻☻☻☻ Excellent. I highly recommend this book. Wonderfully plotted or chockfull of insights.
☻☻☻☻ Very good. May have minor aspects of style or plot that prevented it from getting 5 smileys.
☻☻☻ Flawed, but of some entertainment or thought-provoking value.
☻☻ Read this book if you are stranded on a desert island and have nothing else handy to read.
☻ Don’t bother, it’s a waste of time. A suggested use is to light the fire for cooking your fish on the desert island.