Public Health & STDs/HIV
Quickie Review: August
Gravity - by Tess Gerritsen. Rating: A
- What a pleasant surprise! It's wonderful collaboration of several fiction genres: Science Fiction and Medical Mystery.
- Unlike Sagan, who's information packed books sometimes deter the casual reader, Gerritsen integrates technical NASA information and history ease. She
even provides a helpful index for the numerous NASA acronyms.
- On the medical side - it's so nice to have a leading female character which
is not a cardboard reproduction of a woman (like Cook) and an interesting plot. Although, I'm tired of reading about frog DNA.
- Unlike many of the medical mysteries now on the market, Gravity has a human story to tell. The characters have depth and the plot
isn't driven by the dictum: "solve the mystery if you can".
- Gravity is my pick for the best summer read! It's is way ahead of Cook's, now formula books and has a unique Sci-Fi plot.
Black Notice - by Patricia Cornwall. Rating: C
- Better than her last disastrous book. But, Black Notice is a poorly realized book.
- The plot's venue change from the U.S. to England is tenuous at best and, for me, fell flat on it's face.
It was a poor attempt to integrate her research about Scotland Yard to include in her book.
- Her characters are portraits themselves, their dialogue stilted and, at times, completely unrealistic. Although,
I did get a couple of chuckles from Dect. Marino's tirades.
- All in all, a disappointment. Check it out of the library, if you must and save the $26.00.
Quickie Review: July
The Right Hand of Evil - by John Saul. Rating: B
- If you like a little mystery with your horror - then take a peek at John Saul's new book.
I can't believe that he's still churning out the horror books with regularity - but if you've got
talent for the macabre - it's probably best to display it through fiction than real life.
- The book was a quick read (five hours of page turning in one sitting) but a little
too gory for me. I'm sure the blood and guts fans will love it.
- Plot wise - it was ok., but I certainly didn't get the haunting (no pun intended) and skin prickling
feeling that I do from Stephen King.
- If you want a no-brainer, with a little gore that reminds you of Amittyville Horror -
then it's for you. (me - I'd wait for the paperback before shelling out that $25.00!)
The Color of Night - by David Lindsey. Rating: A
- Going to the beach? Pack this with your sunscreen and shades. You won't be disappointed!
- A great mystery thriller with a gentle spy motif!
Quickie Review: June
A Thriller - by Russell Andrews. Rating: A
- An excellent read! An intriguing mystery involving a writer. It's worth the price.
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It's academic time...
Soon you'll see:
- Max Weber &
- Emile Durkheim
Given this heavy reading, I know I'll need some mind candy soon!
So, check back..Anne