Book Review: Cloud Atlas

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a fantastic book!  Reading this book was more interesting that anything I’ve done in a while (no comments about my boring life, please!).  I could hardly put it down, and it has been awhile since I’ve read a book that held my interest that much.

Cloud Atlas isn’t like a normal novel.  It has chapters in the sense that it is divided into sections.  Each section takes place in different time period beginning in the 1800s and going far into man’s future.  These sections then begin going backward and the book ends in the same time period in which it began.  The sections are connected by objects and thoughts through the years.  I really enjoyed this book!

The book begins with Adam Ewing, a notary in the Chatham Isles, who contracts a brain parasite.  He is treated by his friend Dr. Goose.  The first section ends abruptly and we then find ourselves in Belgium in the early twentieth century.  Time marches on through the 1970’s in Buenas Yerbas, modern day England, a future Korean corpocracy, and post-nuclear Hawaii.  The stories are fascinating!

I also want to comment on David Mitchell’s beautiful use of the english language.  This book was shortlisted for a Man Booker Prize in 2004 and deservedly so.  Cloud Atlas is worth reading for the writing alone.

I highly recommend Cloud Atlas as you can see from my rarely given award of five hearts!  Enjoy!  If you have read Cloud Atlas leave a comment and let us know what you think….

Book Details: Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 17, 2004), 528 pages, ISBN-10:  0375507256, ISBN-13: 978-0375507250

Laredo, Texas to Lose Its Only Bookstore

Booklovers in Laredo, Texas are about to lose their only bookstore.  That would make Laredo the largest U.S. city without a bookstore.  When the Laredo B. Dalton bookstore closes, the nearest bookstore will be 150 miles away in San Antonio.  Many more mid-size cities are going to find themselves on the losing end, but do we really need bookstores with the internet and e-books?

You can read more about the store closing at  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122516606.  There is also an audio version of the story available at the npr.org’s Website.

Books, E-Books and the Environment

There is a great post on the home page of WordPress.com that I wanted to share with my readers today.  The post is at a blog called Tales From the Reading Room and can be found at this link:

http://litlove.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/books-ebooks-and-the-environment/

There is some great information here!  Enjoy….

Book Review: The Paris Vendetta

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥

The Paris Vendetta is Steve Berry’s fifth book to feature Cotton Malone.  As the book begins Henrik Thorvaldsen is consumed with finding his son’s killers and getting revenge for his death.  Thorvaldsen learns that a wealthy British aristocrat, Lord Ashby, was behind the killing and that Lord Ashby is also part of a conspiracy that involves an elite group of ruthless financial experts planning to destabilize the global economy.  That is not enough!  Add to the story a terrorist plot to destroy a European landmark and a legendary cache hidden by Napoleon.

Cotton Malone soon finds himself in a desperate struggle to save not only Thorvaldsen’s life but the lives of unspecting French citizens as well.   The best part of the book is the locale.  I have never been to Paris, but enjoyed reading the book simply for the descriptions of the Paris locations.  This book has all the characters Steve Berry’s readers have gotten used to and reading The Paris Vendetta was like seeing what old friends are up to, only their adventures are much more exciting than the things my “real” friends are up too.

The plot is predictable, with one really unexpected twist (no spoilers here!).  It is a quick read and very enjoyable.  I look forward to reading Mr. Berry’s next book.

Book Details: Published by Ballantine Books (December 1, 2009), 432 pages, ISBN-10: 0345505476, ISBN-13: 978-0345505477.

Ten for 2010

For the New Year, I’ve compiled a list of ten books I’m looking forward too.  Here they are, along with the publication date:

Impact by Douglas Preston (January 5, 2010)

The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett (January 12, 2010)

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (January 12, 2010)

Point Omega by Don Delillo (February 1, 2010)

A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (February 9, 2010)

The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell (February 16, 2010)

Caught by Harlan Coben (March 23, 2010)

A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin (April 1, 2010)

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson (May 25, 2010)

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James (August 31, 2010)

What books are you looking forward to in 2010?  Please leave a comment and let me know!