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|The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt PS3566.R544W48
This is crime fiction. Price is one of its best writers. The plot revolves around cops, rage, and revenge. But the underlying theme is secrets. Who we keep them from and who we keep them for. And what forgiveness we give to ourselves and others when secrets are flushed out. The motives that drive these hard boiled characters are revealed one by one. At the end, even with greater understanding of themselves and their loved ones, you know it’s not going to be a walk in the park for any of them. Price likes to show off his knowledge of detective lingo, which is enjoyable in itself, and the idiomatic dialogue flows quickly. I wonder how real-life NYC detectives would review Price’s work.
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory PS3607.R48836A69
This title was one of the reading selections in the Library Book Discussion series. At first, I did not want to read it since it is sci-fi, and I am not usually a fan. But, the characters are more subtle and the plot more complicated than I first expected. Seems that there is a drug out on the street that makes people believe in God. One of the inventors of the drug wants it to disappear, but her former partner wants the money. My favorite character was Dr. Gloria, an angel that is an opinionated and unpredictable guardian. All-in-all, I am glad I read it so I can say I expanded my science fiction experience. But, I never truly got into this book; had to force myself to stay interested in the smart aleck, zinger throwing main character. I never put together any message about God, either. Was Gregory trying to invoke one? If he was, then I missed it. But, to each her own and all the more power to a variety of reading and writing genres, including science fiction.
|A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson PR6051.T56 G63
I started this book about a year ago and could not get hooked. I tried it again recently and thoroughly enjoyed the string of characters Atkinson presents. Though the book is long, it is worth reading to “see” how a family lineage can fall far from the tree. Spanning the WWII to current day Britain, flashbacks show how someone’s presence is molded by the past. How growing older, with so many rich experiences under one’s belt, is sadly over looked by the younger generation. And, how things might have turned out differently with just the slightest of changed chances. I am now reading Atkinson’s Case Histories, and enjoying it even more, while Started Early, Took My Dog is on my beside table, waiting to be read next.
Please be advised that the Library will be closed on Friday May 6th, 2016 for the presentation of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award and Staff Development Day. We will resume regular hours on Saturday May 7th, 2016.
At HCCC’s STAR (Special Thanks and Recognition) Luncheon this year, three Library staffers were recognized. Cynthia was honored for ten years of service; Milena was honored for twenty years of service; and Oliva received the Foundation Employee Courtesy Award. Congratulations to each on these outstanding achievements!