Friday, January 1, 2010

Book Review #7 "The Christmas List: A Novel" by Richard Paul Evans

First of all, why do some books insist on using a colon and the words "A Novel" in the title? Aren't the readers aware that they are in fact reading a novel? I don't get it.

Anyway, I am a total sucker for any books by Richard Paul Evans. I liken his style of novel writing to that of Nicholas Sparks. Which means that Blake will steer so far away from these books that it isn't even funny. One distinct difference is that Richard Paul Evans seems to incorporate much more of a spiritual element to his works, whereas Nicholas Sparks goes for the society norm of not as much religiousity (is that even a word?).

Every now and then I like to read about heartwarming stories. Stories that usually wrap up neatly and cleanly by the end of the book. Generally Richard Paul Evans does follow that particular MO - the main characters always have an epiphany and turn their lives around before things go too far or it becomes too late. I hate to burst your bubble here, but one of the main characters does in fact die. Shocker, I know.

Good book. Mostly good-feeling. Made my drives to work more pleasant.

next up: "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer

Book Review #6 "Break No Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Novels)" by: Kathy Reichs

This was also an audio book I got from the library here in the thriving metropolis of Calhoun County, AL. ::sarcasm duly noted::

If you are looking for this book to be entirely true to the television series "Bones", you will be sorely disappointed. The television show is based on this series of books, but the books have an entirely different direction than the television series. When I first started this book, my mind was still in the mode of the TV show and it was hard to wean myself off thinking that way. Just sayin'.

The book itself is a mystery and a fairly well-written one as well. There were predictable plot twists in addition to things that I didn't see coming from chapters away. The book was also full of technological jargon similar to the TV show, but the plot of the story doesn't get lost in all of the "big" words. I could also interpret most things from the context of the story. So many authors today use technical words in a way to simply impress upon the reader that they know how to use a thesaurus or took a class in that subject. I want to not be confused or bewildered by the words in a book I am trying to read for pleasure.

I am hoping that there are additional books in this series that follow the same story line. I haven't done too much research before I hit the shelves of the Calhoun County library - I look for authors or titles I have heard of - especially those made into well-known movies. I have a horrible guilty pleasure of reading a book with the sole intention of comparing it to the movie, which I will only watch after completing the book. As we all know, the books are, as a general rule, better than their movie counterparts. There is just too much information contained in a book that cannot feasibly be reproduced on film. Maybe Andrew can rectify this when he becomes a famous movie director/producer/or whatever else it is he wants to be. :)

Bottom line: enjoy the mystery book, but don't try to compare it to the TV show.