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Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell
Shogun: A Novel of Japan

mbtm2003, September 9, 2013

Seeing the review of the day - Chesapeake by James A. Michener - reminded me of this gem, authored by another favourite writer, James Clavell. Like his contemporary, Clavell performed volumes of research to ensure his fiction rang true. I first heard of this book when the epic Richard Chamberlain miniseries was shown on TV in 1980. The show captured my attention with the great storyline and the colorful characters. On a visit to the library, I saw the novel and promptly checked it out. Yes, the massive page count could have been seriously daunting had the story not been so attention-grabbing and the details so captivating. I simply could not put this book down. BTW - The book was even better than the miniseries. :-)
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Chesapeake by James A. Michener

mbtm2003, September 9, 2013

This book is SO worth reading!!! Once you get past the history of the dinosaur age and the development of Chesapeake Bay, the story captivates the reader with all the twists and turns as well as the exquisite historical details. I believe this was the first book by Mr. Michener I had ever read, and I was in 5th or 6th grade when I read it for the first time. I think I have read this particular one at least half a dozen times; it's probably about time to reread it. James A. Michener became one of my most favourite authors of all time. I have read just about everything he had published, including other classics Centennial, Hawaii, Texas, Caravans and my all-time fave Sayonara. Besides constructing an engrossing narrative in each of his stories, he includes carefully researched details that make the reader feel as if they were really there and a viable part of the story.
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Dead Pan by Gayle Trent
Dead Pan

mbtm2003, August 14, 2012

I acquired this book as a free Kindle download several months ago. I finally opened this past weekend. The first few pages filled me with doubt, proving once again that you should never judge a book by its cover (or its first few pages!). Once I got into the storyline and the characters, I couldn't put my tablet down...LOL!

The plot was well developed with all sorts of twists and tuns as well as red herrings, and the final outcome was not at all expected. I liked the cultural icon touches (i.e. having the lead character meet noted sugar hall of fame artist and Food Network icon Kerry Vincent) as well as explaining some cake decorating techniques.

The characters were well drawn and interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed this book immensely. It was kind of a cross between the Greater Tuna plays, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes and Lillian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who mystery book series all with Dan Brown and Scott Turow thrown in for good measure. If you enjoyed those, you will most definitely enjoy this book as well as the rest of the series.
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

mbtm2003, May 9, 2012

I first heard about this book on Andersen Cooper's talk show when he interviewed the author. I just had to go out and buy it. As hard as it is, this is most definitely a MUST READ book. Although I live in Texas, my memory of September 11, 2001 is crystal clear, and it holds sadness for me on a personal level because I went to the top of Tower 2 back in the mid-1990s. Those were beautiful buildings and they were destroyed by hatred and intolerance. That attack caused broken lives which is the central theme of this book. The brokeness actually begins in World War II. The story kind of jumps around but stay with it. The ending is heartwrenching as everything is explained and story elements are tied together.
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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs

mbtm2003, January 5, 2012

Steve Jobs was an eccentric and extraordinarily complicated individual. However, this is what enabled him to literally change the world. Walter Isaacson's book covered him from the good to the bad to the ugly. This biography is a MUST-READ for anyone who came of age within the digital era. Jobs was a fascinating individual and it is seriously cool to read about the behind-the-scenes actions which led to the electronic devices we now enjoy. I cannot say that my opinion of his personality changed much after reading this book, but I can definitely say that I have more understanding of his ...ahem!... quirks. It also deepened my appreciation of his innovations in the computer/electronics world. I am sad that he died so would have been great to see what other goodies he could have come up with.
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