Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson [Lyndsay Faye]

This novel was truly remarkable, especially in the aspect that it was written in the perspective of the beloved Dr. Watson.  I found this to be an interesting subject matter, dealing with a well known historical event and a well known fictional character.
I give props to Faye because it is evident that she took her time in writing this. While reading it one can tell that she did a lot of research about the time and history of the events and characters involved. You can also tell that she took a great deal of effort to get into the character of Dr. Watson while she was writing the book.
Like any Sherlock Holmes story, this some holds your interest and keeps you guessing til the end! It is thrilling to go on this adventure in the company of Mr. Holmes and discover what it would have been like to try and track down a killer when you can not just scan in a fingerprint and find them.
If you enjoy historical fiction or the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, then I highly suggest this book!

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish by Douglas Adams

This book in the Hitchhiker Guide series is a bit unlike the rest. It revolves almost exclusively around Arthur and involves him falling in love.
This book is pretty witty, but not as much as the rest, and there is less action, since love is more of a sweet thing, and in this case a bit less exciting than improbability drives, creatures out for revenge and Krikket wars. Also, this book takes place mostly on earth, which may account for it being a tad bit more dull, because as everyone knows, earth is pretty lame.
The end is quite interesting, and it takes some unexpected turns and brings in some characters one would not expect to see again.
I know I said this book was a bit more dull than the rest, and a bit less witty, but if you take into account how interesting and witty the other books are, then you will realize that this one is definitely worth a read as well.

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

This is the third book in the Hitchhiker Guide series of five.
This book does not disappoint if you are looking for yet another crazy tale of Arthur Dent and friends!
There is a war brewing and it is up to Arthur and his crew to try and save the universe!
One of my favorite parts of the book involves Arthur and this poor creature that believes that Arthur was out to kill him. It made me laugh so hard as it took a jab at reincarnation.
This book is just as witty as the rest of the series, and I would love to tell you more about it, but I don't want to ruin the surprises and jokes for you!
I hope if you have decided to read the series you keep on til the end, because each book really is worth it!

What Are You Waiting For? The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex by Dannah Gresh

First off, this book is intended for more mature females, I would say it would be good for a Highschooler with a lot of questions, up to College age. I myself am a college student and I must say that this book was pretty eye opening!
This book was written for the female gender, but I honestly don't see too much harm in having a guy read it.
What really got me about this book was the Hebrew words that the bible used to love and other such things. The author did some deep digging and found the true meaning behind them. She found what God intended us to know but was lost in translation with each re-write of the bible, from language to language. It really makes you stop and think, and it makes so much sense after you figure it out.
This book also addresses the chemical reactions that go on inside the brain when people have sex, and it makes so much more sense. If every one knew what this book clearly and scientifically states, maybe they would lay off and wait to have sex after they are married.
This book also addresses other issues such as pornography, past sins and lesbianism. All in all I think every girl should read this book. It was very helpful to me in some of the questions I had, and it might help girls realize that sex isn't the answer to a good relationship.

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review*