Tsl73 Reviews (21)
Not as good as Steig Larsson, but still better than most
Harry Hole, the lead character in this series, is a complex, intriguing character. Set in Norway, these books possess many of the style elements as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, but they aren't quite as good. But, since Steig Larsson won't be writing any more books, these are a very good alternative. I certainly enjoy these books more than the average thriller page-turner.
I'm not usually into WWII books, but this story kept me interested from start to finish. What an exhibition of the triumph of the human spirit.
This is a sad, funny, heartwarming book about a dog and all he sees and experiences and the love he brings and shares with his human family. I wasn't sure if I'd like it after reading the book jacket description, but a friend recommended it, so I decided to give it a try -- and I'm sure glad I did.
Well researched book
This book shares lots of interesting facts and stories about the Columbus Exposition held in Chicago around the turn of the 19th century. It features important historical figures (Olmstead, Ferris, Buffalo Bill, etc.) and also covers the case of a serial murdered who lived in Chicago around the same time. Sometimes this dual-subject approach seems a bit disjointed, but both stories are compelling.
This is a case of a solid journalist being in the right place at the right team. The book follows the multi-year path of a young, highly-touted (The next LaBron James) basketball player playing in a grassroots league. Catalogs the emergence of jr. high and high school recruiting by college and pro teams and even features a number of villains in the form of the coaches and other greedy adults lurking around the fringes of the sport and the boys and their families.
Not a baseball fan, but I still liked it.
I typically like Michael Lewis' books and this was no exception. The book is filled with interesting people and an iconoclastic approach to baseball team management -- which has now, some years later, become more widely-adopted by professional clubs.
Fascinating look at another culture
Before reading this book, I'd never heard of the Hmong people. This was a really interesting introduction to their culture and, more generally, what happens when two cultures intersect (some might say collide).
Inspiring book that catalogs the birth of a large, successful non-profit
John Wood's journey from Microsoft executive living a plush ex-patriate lifestyle to the dedicated founder of a global education non-profit (Room to Read) is inspiring. Similar to Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, both men found themselves in impoverished parts of the world and decided to do something about it. It would be hard to recommend one book over the other or one of the non-profit enterprises run by each respective author as being more worthy of someone's time or money, so maybe the best thing is to read both books and then decide which resonates with you more!
If you are unfamiliar with Goldsworthy, go Google him now! He's an artist and photographer and most of his art is only around for as long as it takes Nature to do away with it, so the photos are all that endures. He has a number of books published that feature his art, but this is my favorite of the ones I've seen. Goldsworthy allows you to see your environment in totally new, unpredictable ways that actually make you appreciate your surroundings more.
Laugh out loud funny!
This was the first of Bryson's books that I read and it was hilarious! This book made me laugh more than any other book I'd read in a long time. Unfortunately, I tried a few other of Bryson's books after this one and didn't find them quite as enjoyable.
Ben Mezrich knows how to write a fast-paced book and has a knack for finding good subjects to cover. And, while the plot and characters are interesting, the writing sometimes is a little unpolished. If you aren't looking for the next great piece of American literature, but are content with a nice 'beach read', I'd recommend this book.
Not his best work
Given some of the other books Bowden has written, I would not call this his best work. But, he does have a good sense for an interesting story, and this is no exception. It is fascinating watching this slow-motion train wreck play itself out and there is no surprise when the lead character is finally caught and his family torn apart.
Helped to change the way I run...and a good story
I'd been plagued by lower leg pain for years every time I ran, so I was always open to trying new things to get relief. After a bunch of experimentation on myself, I discovered that if I incorporated some of the elements of barefoot running, I could run not only faster then before, but also with less effort and virtually no pain. This book tells a very fun story with a colorful cast of characters and the thinking behind how we as humans are designed to run is very thought provoking. This was a quick read that actually was part of a meaningful and positive change in my life...I can't say that about too many books.
Couldn't get into this one
My wife read this book as part of a book club and I thought I'd give it a try, but I just could not make it through. I'm a fan of biographies and read a lot of non-fiction, but this book, despite good reviews from others, came across a little too textbookish for my tastes. Others told me that it picks up and gets much better as the book goes on, so maybe if I'd persevered, I would have ended up liking it.
1 of 1 Readers found this review helpful
Fascinating look at memory and a fun story
I thought this was a very interesting book that made me want to improve my own memory. Foer does a good job of providing factual tidbits and explanations about memory, but then also interweaving his own improbably story into the chapters. If you like books like Freakonomics or Predictably Irrational, then this book is probably worth a read.
Very solid debut novel
If you liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, you will probably like this book. With a tough, intelligent heroine and an international setting, this book sucked me right in. I think the ending could have been a little stronger, but I'm excited to see where Stevens takes us in her next book and I think that Michael will be an engaging character to watch develop in future novels.
Dark, sweeping, and profound
Conrad's Heart of Darkness will always remind me of the film Apocalypse Now and the metaphor of traveling up the river is equally powerful in both stories. Marlow's personal journey is compelling and the suspense to find Kurtz builds and builds right up until they make contact and then the journey back down the river culminates in one of the most enigmatic comments that I've read..."The horror! The horror!"
1 of 1 Readers found this review helpful
The book that spawned the classic Disney movie...
This is a nice story that just about everyone (especially if they are young or have children of their own) knows about now because of the VERY popular Disney remake. It is a nice, but ultimately sort of sad, story about love, hope, desire, and sacrifice with a little good versus evil thrown in for good measure. One fun fact: they build a Little Mermaid sculpture in the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark to honor Hans Christian Andersen and this important cultural work.
3 of 3 Readers found this review helpful
A nice part of every Christmas
It is hard to make it through the Christmas season without hearing some version of this story, which makes reading the original at least once a good idea. The story touches on the real Christmas spirit of giving and selflessness - a nice reminder in this age of rampant consumerism. The characters are classic, perhaps even a bit cliche at this point (who doesn't think of Donald Duck when they read about Scrooge!), the story suitable for a wide range of ages, and the writing from a master. Hard to go wrong with this one!
2 of 2 Readers found this review helpful
This is an American classic!
Huckleberry Finn is probably one of my favorite books of all time. It is funny, clever, engaging, and historical, all at once. Traveling down the river with Huck and Jim is an unforgettable voyage that every reader should make at least once. While it is a good follow-up read to Tom Sawyer, it can also be read first without losing too much of the story.
2 of 2 Readers found this review helpful
Great story and good intro to origins of Buddhism
It has been a long time since I read this book, but I still recall the story pretty well. Hesse does an excellent job of telling the story of how Buddha came to become the Buddha. Those with interests in Eastern philosophies should definitely give this book a read!