Quick Book Review – The Night Gardener

I’m not sure how I ran across The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier.  Maybe Amazon recommended it.

I have to say that I rather enjoyed this book.  It’s always hard to find a book that will keep my attention long enough to finish it.  The Night Gardener did a good job and kept me guessing.

A young, Scottish boy and girl drive their horse-drawn cart to their new job.  Their parents, lost at sea, are always in their thoughts.  They start their new job as Maid and Caretaker for a strange family in an old house near a large magical tree with dangerous secrets.

It’s a great read.  I highly recommend it.  Get it at Amazon.



Quick Book Review – Pax

paxI just finished reading “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker.  It is a children’s book about a boy and his pet fox who get separated but nothing will stop them from finding each other.

I may be 49 years old but I still enjoy reading children’s books.  Why not?  I didn’t get to read them as a child.

I enjoy children’s books mostly because they don’t involve all the horrible things that adult books deal with.  There’s no bad relationships, not much murder, no sex.  It’s just good adventure and story that is easy to follow and enjoyable for the mind that needs to relax.

I recommend Pax for readers of any age.  Enjoy it.  It’s good.


Quick Book Review – Artemus

artemusAfter having read “The Martian” by Andy Wier, it felt safe to read his next book, “Artemus“.

I read The Martian before even knowing there was a movie version coming out.  I enjoyed both rather well.

Artemus is another Science Fiction Based on Fact book that holds up pretty well to my engineering fact checking side.

A young porter/smuggler known as Jazz, living on the moon city known as Artemus struggles to make ends meet until offered the deal of a lifetime to sabotage a mining operation.  Of course, all doesn’t go well…

I enjoyed the scientific explanations which mostly all made logical if not technical sense.  It could portray a realistic description of what life on a moon city would really be like in the near future.

Artemus is totally a good read that kept me interested.  A book like that is hard to find these days.  Get it on Amazon. I hope they make a movie.


Quick Book Review – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

nvrwhrI really wanted to like this book.  I’ve heard such great things about Neil Gaiman.  He was even on The Simpsons.

Having just come down from reading all the Harry Pottery series for the second time, I needed something else that could hold my attention.  Neverwhere came up in my search so I thought I would give it a try.

Alas.  It just didn’t work for me.  I struggled through the first half of the book where random stuff happens and there appears to be absolutely no story line.   The premise seems to be that a regular guy gets sucked into a strange underworld where he wanders aimlessly until I just stop reading.

I’m not entirely giving up on Neil Gaiman yet.  Maybe his other books are better.  I want them to be.  Any suggestions?


Quick Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

hpssWell, hardly a review since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a book that needs no review.  Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows Harry Potter.  Strange, though, how many rock dwellers I’ve met.  People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books perplex me on how they could exist without having partaken of the world of Harry Potter.  I weep for them but am also jealous because they get to read/watch it for the first time.  How exciting!

I guess I haven’t read the book since it was first published in 1997 (Has it really been that long?) because now that I am reading it I almost don’t remember all the extra stuff that wasn’t covered in the movie.   It’s kind of like reading it for the first time.

I also decided to read it again because I just can’t seem to find any books that can keep my interest long enough to enjoy and finish them.  The HP series is always an incredible page turner.  I look forward to reading it rather then wishing it was over.  After all, it was the book that taught the world to read again.  The world sure could use another one of those right now.

Surely you don’t need me to tell you the premise about a boy who finds out he is a wizard and is swept away from his abusive aunt and uncle to a world of wonder where he battles ultimate evil with the help of his friends.  It should strike a nerve for all of us who are doomed to live a mundane life in our mundane jobs and mundane houses with no friends or future.  It’s the ultimate escape if nothing else.

I’ve you’ve never read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, then get out from under your rock and do it now.  Seriously!  What’s wrong with you?


Quick Book Review – Year Zero

yzroThe aliens of the universe were never very good with music.  It wasn’t until they discovered an early broadcast of The Welcome Back Kotter theme song that they have heard anything good.  Year Zero represents the beginning of time with real music.

The aliens realize that they have been enjoying earth music for decades without paying for it and approach the earth looking to buy license to play it throughout the Universe.

The premise sounds really interesting but after forcing myself to read 25% of this book I was unable to keep my interest.  As most books these days, it was just too slow and descriptive.  Maybe it’s my AT&T but I need more concise writing.  This book rambled away at unimportant things until I was worn down.  Maybe this book is good for you but it didn’t work for me.  I hate to abandon a book with a good premise but I had to let it go.

I should start a business that fixes story lines to make books more awesome.   It’s a shame to waste a good title.  No offence to the Author.

If you like details and a lot of story then maybe Year Zero is for you.  Don’t take my word for it.  I’m special.


Quick Book Review – A Man Called Ove

amancalled-oveIt has been a while since I’ve done a book review.  Mostly because the books I’ve read have been rather…Meh. Finally I found one that I enjoyed reading rather than wishing it would end soon.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman was a rather enjoyable book about a crusty, bitter old man who is constantly interrupted as he attempts to kill himself.  Interrupted by neighbors who need his help repairing radiators and windows.

Through flashbacks to his earlier life, we learn about his younger self, the love of his life and why he now wants to end it all.  I don’t want to give it away.

I was able to relate to poor old Ove as I expect to eventually be a crusty old lonely man one day.  I hope my life ends as nicely as Ove’s does.

Looking for a nice, easy, enjoyable read?  Get A Man Called Ove.