Monday, June 6, 2011

Let's Read

In anticipation of the publication of my novel "Lost Armada" later this year, Dogs and Jeans has joined the Amazon network (see banner to the left). While the book will be available to purchase through Amazon, you faithful readers of Dogs & Jeans will be able to read the first few chapters on-line in an advanced publication.

Speaking of books, today's posting is a recommendation of some of the books Trooper has read over the past six months. If any catch your interest, feel free to click through the Amazon button and they will send a few shekels our way and help keep the lights on at Dogs and Jeans.

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
The author of "The Know-It-All" turns his life upside down when he embarks on a journey of religious discovery and vows to follow the teachings of the bible "as literally as possible". Not stealing and killing are simple to accomplish, however, wearing clothes of only one fibre and stoning adulterers in Manhattan pose greater challenges. For the pious and profane reader alike.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold
This first person memoir of a 14 year old girl brutally raped and murdered follows her observations of how her family copes with her death. Painful, gripping, humorous and uplifting all at the same time, 'The Lovely Bones" challenges the reader's notions of life, death, heaven and the meaning of eternity. I'm looking forward to watching the movie adaptation this week.

Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler
Readers tired of Cussler's bulletproof adventure hero Dirk Pitt (and his son Dirk Jr.) will find renewed vigor in Cussler's new treasure hunters, Sam and Remi Fargo. This husband and wife team travel the globe tracking down clues to Napoleon's lost cellar and the ancient Grecian secret it might reveal. Think Nick and Nora Charles meets James Bond.

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood
On a hike through the Himalayas, Microsoft exec John Wood finds a village where the school has no books. Promising to return someday with books for the children, Wood's life changes paths from profit to philanthropy. Woods describes how he struggles to launch Room to Read, an organization that now builds schools in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Robert Langdon is once again drawn into a life and death race to uncover a mystery using only his wits and uncanny knowledge of the arcane. This time, he is chasing a madman intent on uncovering the secrets of the Masonic Order buried in Washington D.C. The story repeats itself sometimes but is still a good tale.

The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
If you want to find peace and happiness, you have to stop being driven by the ego. Tolle reveals some profound thoughts on how to free yourself of the nagging voice in your head, the one that tells you what you are entitled to and who is to blame for your not having it. To live in the moment we must become aware of the consciousness that resides behind the mind. Then we will come to experience who we truly are, which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are.

Ford County by John Grisham
This collection of short stories focuses on life in small town Mississippi and covers a wide swath of issues: poverty, infidelity, aging, injustice and the death penalty. Grisham's characters are well fleshed out (for a short story) and his prose is very accessible. Each tale is unique and the ending's largely unpredictable. A terrific read for anyone frequently interrupted by kids, dogs or demanding spouses.

Hope you enjoy some of these books and Dogs and Jeans will return to the jackassery tomorrow.


LOLA said...

I love The Lovely Bones, and I think the movie did the book justice. The lighting is beautiful. I also have amazon links and have never gotten a single shekel. A good shekel is hard to come by these days.


Trooper Thorn said...

Thanks Lola. I'll have to gome and buy something through you. I could use a new electric dog polisher...