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.



Quick Book Review – Robinson Crusoe

rbnsncrusoBelieve it or not, I was not forced to read Robinson Crusoe in school.  Wasn’t that required reading?

I like the idea of being stranded on an island so I thought it might be a good read.   It’s basically and old version of “The Martian“.

A guy is stranded alone on a deserted island and manages to put together everything he needs to just just survive but to flourish.

Of course all is good until other people come along.  You can’t even be alone on a deserted island anymore.

If I were dropped onto this particular island, I would be completely happy and never even think about trying to get back to “Society.”  I would live perfectly fine until I died.

The only thing that really bothered me about this book is the old-timey language.  It was a major struggle to make sense of what he was saying.  I’m not sure if that’s the way they spoke and wrote in 1719 or what but be sure to have a dictionary handy when you read it.

Get it at amazon.com

Mein Kampf

mnkmf2I just saw on the news today that Germany is finally allowing Hitler’s book, “Mein Kampf” to be sold in bookstores.

I have to tell you that I have been quite curious to read this book but have been holding back.  I’m already borderline racist and angry so I worry that reading this book might push me over the edge.

Personally, I don’t think Hitler was the bad guy everyone made him out to be.  History is told form the point of view of the winner.  Sure he killed a lot of people but there was method in his madness.  He was working to improve the world.  Consider the awesome Utopian society we would currently be enjoying if he hadn’t been stopped.   Everyone living the good life.  There would be no racial tension.  No religious war.  Just one planet of similar people working toward the space age future we should be experiencing right now but aren’t.   I feel cheated.

I guess I’ll have to read it otherwise I will never know.  Maybe they should make a movie.


Quick Book Review – Lightning by Dean Koontz

lghtngIt took me forever but I finally finished reading Dean Koontz’s “Lightning“.

I had no idea what to expect.  Amazon recommended it and it I’ve read Dean Koontz before so I knew it had to be decent at least.

It is a rather long book so if you are an ADHD reader you might move on but if you like long and detailed novels with lots of gunplay, car chases,time travel and Nazis then this is a rather worthy read.

This story tracks Laura Shane’s life from the day of her birth, through school and life thereafter.  She is quite often saved from death or worse by a strange man who shows up a the opportune time to bail her out.  You’ll never guess where he came from.

I enjoyed reading this book and recommend Lightning.  Get it at Amazon.

Quick Book Review – Day of Wrath

dyofwrthI just finished reading William Forstchen’s “Day of  Wrath.”  A short novel based on reality, the story follows the highly probable attack on the United States by ISIS jihadists.  The remorseless slaughter of children in schools and people on the highways paralyzes the country plunging it into chaos and change.

The scary thing about this book is that it is highly plausible and quite immanent.  ISIS has already threatened our nation and due to the lack of border control, and are already in the country waiting for the signal to begin.  Reviews have said that reading this book could save your life.   Maybe.

I worried as I began reading that I might become a bit freaked out but later, as events unfolded, I decided that such an attack would not affect me personally.  Not having kids in school or going out driving on the freeways all day means I would not be bothered much by the event itself.   I would not totally freak out like the parents in the book do and in result, make things worse.   I would be watching it on TV thinking about the excitement that something interesting is finally going on.

Of course, the aftermath would be highly effecting on my life as well as others.  The declaration of martial law and the implementation of millions of stupid laws further reducing our freedom in the name of “protecting the damn children” will make life rather unpleasant.

If you liked Forstchen’s previous book, “One Second After“, chronicling life right after a Electromagnetic Pulse takes down the power grid, (also a highly probable scenario) then you’ll like Day of Wrath.

Should something like this happen, you had best be prepared.  It absolutely could happen.

Quick Book Review – The Martian

thmrtnI just finished reading “The Martian” by Andy Weir.  Finding a book that can keep my interest is rare and I’m glad to say that this one did a great job.  The story actually kept to the premise and did not let me down or get mired in some horrible romance situation.  Bleah!

A group of astronauts are on the surface of Mars when a violent storm causes major damage and injures one so badly that their only choice is to leave him for dead and escape the planet.  The astronaut they left behind survives his injury and is faced with living alone on Mars with only his botany and engineering skills.

The Martin is a  technically detailed log of his time spent modifying the equipment he has available to him in effort to survive and get a message back to earth that he is still alive.  Any geek will thoroughly enjoy this story.    I highly recommend it.  Good job Andy!


Quick Book Review – The Blackout

athblktAlways looking for a good apocalyptic read I came across Stephanie Erickson’s, “The Blackout“.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

As expected the story centers around a small town or neighborhood.  I was unable to discern exactly what it was.  A solar flare hits the earth causing an electromagnetic pulse that instantly destroys all electronics and knocks out the power grid for a long-term blackout.

I was unable to put the book down for the first half and I read that much in one day as I followed the separate stories of a woman in the town and her husband who was far away trying to walk home across multiple states.  All was enjoyable except for the second half where it became more of a boring affair situation.  Bleah.  You can skip those chapters if you want. I did.

Near the end, the power eventually comes back on but the people are slow to get back to normal life.  The book ends abruptly when the husband shows up.  Good enough.  Don’t need a lot of smarm here.

Overall It was a good read and not too long.  It gives you reason to think because this premise is highly plausible in real life.  The United States is already on the verge of an EMP attack by our many enemies.  They could pop off a couple of nukes in our atmosphere and we would instantly return to the stone age without power, supplies and services for months to years.  Many people living in our overcrowded cities will die or kill each other.  It would be far nastier than just plain nuclear obliteration.

Personally, I would like to experience this.  I don’t like our current state of being.  Too many people doing to many things.  Wasting time.  I would like the world to shrink so we can spend quality time with our families out in the country raising our own food and having people around us.  I would be one of those who would be slow to return to normal life if the power came back.  Technology has taken away what is important in life.