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Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander)

dmard, March 21, 2015

Diana Gabaldon never fails to deliver!

Claire and Jamie continue to make their way in the 18th century colonies while Bree and Roger settle in near modern day Scotland. After so many books, these characters have become like family. Every calamity feels like a personal loss and every success a joy.

It is torture to have to wait for the next book! The new Starz series will have to hold us until then. Listening to the audio books from the beginning may help too!
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Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

dmard, March 21, 2015

Books by Temple Grandin and Donna Williams have given us insight into the minds of people with autism. Life Animated will join the ranks of these important books.

This book is a break thorough account of one family's journey in raising and learning to understand a child with autism. Told from the personal view point of a parent, Suskind reveals an incredibly deep and insightful understanding of both his son's intelligence and his deeply hidden capabilities. It is an intimate account of how Suskind and his wife found ways to connect with his son beyond the approaches advised by the professional educational and medical communities. Suskind and his son's team of professionals have discovered new and meaningful ways to work with people who have autism and to help them to be more integrated into their communities.

As a professional writer, Suskind has a wonderful storytelling style that captivates, entertains and informs.

This is simply a must read for anyone who wants to understand more about autism.
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A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
A Fighting Chance

dmard, October 22, 2014

If you want a real understanding of the financial crisis that brought America to it's knees, this is the definitive book to read. It reveals the thinly veiled Republican agenda and how Washington operates in a way that is both sincere and frightening. It also makes it clear why it is so important for ordinary citizens to participate in the political process and hold our representatives accountable.
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A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #06) by Diana Gabaldon
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #06)

dmard, October 22, 2014

I admit it, I love the Outlander series. This one is particularly gripping. With the future news report of their premature deaths by fire hanging over them, Jamie and Claire struggle to survive the American wilderness, the politics of the Revolution and a pirate with a disturbingly personal interest in their daughter and their grandson.
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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel)

dmard, July 13, 2014

I loved the Harry Potter books and have been reading JK Rowlings newer books expecting that same humor and detail. They are not there.

Her later books read as though they are by a completely different author. There really isn't much in the way of humor to them at all. So do not read this book expecting Rowling's Harry Potter style of narrative.

That said, this is a solid mystery novel. The pacing gives you the feel of the life of a real detective. It's not action packed, but moves at a steady pace where things happen because Strike, the lead character, works at it unrelentingly. Silkworm is full of humanly realistic characters with plenty of flaws to go around. The story also depicts of the life of an amputee in a way that shatters the stereotypes of the classic war hero as depicted in the media. These veterans often experience frequent pain and discomfort rather than being none the worse for the loss of a limb as many may assume.

Overall, he content is pretty dark and disturbing at times. It has much more in common with The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo series than the Harry Potter series.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy dark, even grisly murder mysteries. I would not recommend it to those who prefer lighter or more humorous fare.
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