Friday, July 8, 2011
Hey! It’s my favorite genre, a mystery. This audiobook is by Rex Stout and is, as always, told in narration style with Archie as the story teller. He and Nero Wolfe solve the whodunit with brains, a bit of sarcasm, and some intolerance of Inspector Cramer’s gruffness. A good read or a good listen if you prefer.
UTNE Reader & Mother Jones
Interestingly enough, when I studied Journalism as an undergrad, alternative press publications were never mentioned. What a shame! I encourage others to read and explore non-mainstream outlets for information. You just might learn something that the others don’t want you to know!
By Guy Gavriel Kay
PR 9199.3 .K39 U53 2010
A mix of history and fantasy tells a fascinating tale. The author “evokes the subtle politics and careful social intercourse of eighth-century Tang dynasty China (Library Journal Review)” in this story. Shen Tai honors his father’s memory by burying the dead, enemies and friends alike, at an old battle-site on the border of the empire. Near the end of the two mourning years, he is given a great gift- two hundred and fifty Heavenly Horses.
“You gave a man one of the Sardian horses to reward him greatly. You gave him four or five of those glories to exalt him above his fellows, propel him towards rank- and earn him the jealousy, possibly mortal of those who rode the smaller horses of the steppes.”
The intrigue and pit-falls that await Tai as he deals with the overwhelming gift make an interesting read.
If the recent wedding of Kate and William piqued your interest in the workings of the British royal family, this book gives insight into the issues that King George VI, William’s Great-Grandfather, had to deal with when unexpectedly becoming King after the abdication of his brother just before WWII. This book is a must-read for those who enjoyed the movie, “The King’s Speech”, because it gives you the whole story of his life.