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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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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

dmard, February 18, 2014

Fabulous book that validates the issues that introverts deal with throughout life. Will help you to understand AND appreciate yourself, your spouse, your child or other introverts in your life.
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch

dmard, February 18, 2014

This book was a mixed bag for me. Wonderful descriptions of art and the emotions of a man who has been through the wringer of life. Personally, I do not care for the detailed descriptions of the American drug culture.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

dmard, January 15, 2014

Read the second series in the book first and loved it. I do like this book, but it goes over the top with sexual references. I'm listening to the audio and my teenaged daughter referred to it as "pornography." Personally, I prefer leaving more such details to the imagination.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

dmard, November 30, 2013

This is a charming book that can't be categorized easily. It's got a hefty dose of historical fiction, a good bit of intrigue, with a dose of time-traveling fantasy which leads to a taste of romance between a fiercely independent and modern woman who finds herself involved with a kind-hearted Scottish warrior from the 18th century.

It's a great read that is reminiscent of the Mists of Avalon.
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