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Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks
Three Weeks with My Brother

christopher.horne, February 27, 2009

I've only read one other book by Nicholas Sparks and although it kept me interested there was something about his writing style that didn't gel with me. Having read Three Weeks with My Brother, however, my opinion of him has changed drastically. I probably spent about 3 weeks reading the book in my downtime, and I found that it gave me an unbelievably intimate perspective into the history of a family that had to endure tragedy over and over again. Contradicting life lessons are learned by the Sparks brothers, showing how everyone will react differently to tragedy. The story isn't about them travelling the globe, it's about family, and more specifically brotherhood
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The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick
The Love Dare

christopher.horne, February 26, 2009

The Love Dare is a really unique book! It's essentially a program that you go through with your partner and it's powerful stuff. Described as a "forty-day guided devotional experience that will lead your heart back to truly loving your spouse while learning more about the design, nature, and source of true love." It may not guaranteed fix a problematic relationship, but it will help you see the good in your partner and what you love about him/her.

The book has forty days of entries that each discuss a unique aspect of love and then offers a dare for you and your spouse. I found some of the dares really easy and others were quite hard. It also has a journal section for you to chart your progress.

It will force you to remember all the things you love about this person. Definitely a good way to sharpen the saw in your relationship and bring two people closer together.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Large Print) by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Large Print)

christopher.horne, February 24, 2009

This is my first Larsson mystery and not my last. He's as sociologically interesting as Mankell and Indridasen, far more byzantine but less dark. I thought I knew the killer and where the body went half way through but was only close, as in horseshoes. Also, the hero is (compared with Kurt Wallander) in good shape athletically and is not deprived of appropriate sexual company. The weakness of the story is that the too-perfect feats of the anorexic, sociopathic super-woman are too often not at all believable, but this doesn't kill the effect, the book is a very good mystery. The ending has similarities with a modern Swedish fairy tale, 'När Maanen gick förbi' by Alfredson and Aahlin. Unfortunately, we cannot ask the author if he read that tale, he died young of a massive heart attack in 2004 after a life of work as an anti-racism, anti-fascism expert. the latter topic appears in this mystery.

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Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul by Karen Abbott
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

christopher.horne, February 23, 2009

Sin in the Second City is my favorite kind of non-fiction---a meticulously researched and multi-layered sliver of history that reads like a fast-paced and exciting novel. My favorite thing about the book is the balanced coverage given to all the sides in this complicated culture war. Abbott turns a discerning eye on the reformers and their separate motivations---some driven by faith, some by ego, and some by ambition, and mirrors those motivations in the layered characters of the madams and politicos.

The writing is stellar, the time period fascinating, the details are sumptuous---I couldn't put this book down, and I know I will be rereading it. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.
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Run for Your Life by James Patterson
Run for Your Life

christopher.horne, February 22, 2009

Much like all James Patterson books, "Run for Your LIfe" is a non-stop thriller from the first word and pins you to the seats until the last. I mean really, we all know James Patterson has never written anything less - and this book is no exception. After his wife dies, Mike Bennett, finds himself the recipient of difficult times. He is now a single parent left to raise his ten children with only the help of two people: his Irish nanny, Mary Catherine...and his father, thank God. After a rough hostage negotiation, exhausting all his resources, Mike Bennett finds his hard work for naught...the culprit gets shot. With the media about to descend upon him, and all the paperwork that follows, he looks forward to the few hours of rest-and-relaxation before that problem arrives. Unfortunately, an epidemic hits his family and all his kids have the flu - so there will be no rest for the weary. The following morning, a call comes in from the boss asking Mike Bennett to lead an investigation to stop a killer. This killer is set on teaching the city a lesson, even if it kills him...or them. But this killer kills with an agenda and the lesson is about manners. The book offers a nail-bitting twist that most won't see coming.
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