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Close To Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Michael Capuzzo
Close To Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence

Gold Gato, August 30, 2015

A fascinating read. These were the shark attacks which inspired JAWS. Taking place in 1916, the sudden violence shocked the East Coast of America especially since some of the victims were killed in a creek. A creek! I had to read some of it while peeking through my fingers. It reads like a movie, in fact, giving us the victims' backgrounds and the mindset of the whacked-out White. Thriller.

One more thing. Never, ever swim with a dog. Pure shark bait.

Book Season = Summer (safety is never really at hand)

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A Treasury of Children's Literature by Armand Eisen
A Treasury of Children's Literature

Gold Gato, August 29, 2015

If I could only choose a handful of books to share with a wee child, this collection would be on the list. It not only takes care of several different genres, but more importantly, it combines the imaginative artwork that always stay with young minds. I don't think any child, or adult, will get bored when one can choose from so many different selections. Just about the perfect bedtime storybook. Sleep tight.

Book Season = Year Round (sense of wonder)
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Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones
Constable and Toop

Gold Gato, August 15, 2015

"I think people should be ghosts first. If we were dead before we were alive, we'd appreciate it more, wouldn't we?"

Victorian England. Smokestacks spewing smog. Derelict buildings. And ghosts. So many ghosts, there is a bureaucracy of several levels, where these 'beings' file papers and work to control rogue ghosts, those who scare humans without permits. But not all is well with the London ghosts, for they are disappearing thanks to a deranged exorcist. Someone has to discover the reason and solve the loss of the missing entities.

Great idea for a book. There's a Jack the Ripper character and even an exchange between a criminal named "Bill" who is worried that his partner-in-crime will spill the beans on him. Bill Sykes and Fagin, anyone? Yes, a little dash of Dickens doesn't hurt. There are many characters here and it's a fun read with very short chapters focusing on specific characters with the latter part of the book tying everything together. Originally, I had added this to my Children's shelf, but the opening of the book shocked me with a rather descriptive murder that wouldn't work too well with kids, except to give them nightmares. It's an addicting read until, bam, everything gets tidied up in two pages. Whoa! Way too fast for me. Still, I enjoyed the motivations of the ghosts who live in a sort of purgatory until they hear the Knocking.

But I certainly loved the physical book. How could one pass by such a wonderful cover? And it's bound by Worzalla in Wisconsin and typeset in 12.5-point Mrs Eaves...yes, that's a real font. The overall design by Maria T. Middleton is marvelous and the reason for holding the printed version instead of an e-version. This is a decent Halloween treat.

Book Season = Autumn (dark nights atop sooty chimneys)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2)

Gold Gato, August 11, 2015

This is a "just-right" book. Not too big, not too small, but just right.

I loved:

1. Treacle fudge that cements jaws together.
2. Explanation of Quidditch. Rowling has some imagination.
3. Slugs coming out the mouth. No child could yell 'yuck' as I did.
4. The Sorting Hat reading minds. I will ALWAYS love that.
5. Moaning Myrtle.

Ah, the list could go on forever. It was quite fun to be able to read this as an adult and knowing it was waiting for me as my nightly read, which made the day move so much quicker.

Book Season = Autumn (to me it's always October in Potter's world)
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MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero by Stanley Weintraub
MacArthur's War: Korea and the Undoing of an American Hero

Gold Gato, August 9, 2015

The Korean War is sometimes referred to as the "forgotten war" of the 20th Century. The casualty rate was high and 21 countries of the United Nations fought for the South, yet it inevitably gets passed by in the lapse of memory. This book concentrates on the main man in that war's spotlight, Douglas MacArthur, showing it to be both his high point (Inchon) and his low point (forced retirement).

"This is the damndest war. We can't win, we can't lose, and we can't quit."

I found this to be a fascinating book on a fascinating topic. It's not necessarily a tell-all on the Korean War, for which there are more specific books, but it is a telling bio on Doug MacArthur at that time in his life and how even he could not bypass the American President. The author shows that Mac was unprepared and ran the war from his residence in Japan, where he was revered. The fact of the matter is that MacArthur never spent a single night in Korea. He ran the Korean War as though he was running a large corporation where the CEO rarely mingles with his employees.

Weintraub has done a buttload of research here with the results of not only showing the full range brilliance and limitations of MacArthur, but also showing the nutbucket Mao, who didn't think twice about sending his people into war, because after all, China had "so many". Stalin played everyone like a puppet, letting China take the hits, while Truman finally put his foot down and called the Emperor General home, where MacArthur eventually faded away.

And Douglas MacArthur learned a harsh lesson. All glory is fleeting.

Book Season = Winter (frozen rations)
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