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A couple more books

Posted on: November 18, 2006

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A couple more books off the pile:

In the car, I listened to The Templar Legacy: A Novel by Steve Berry (which I think I had read about in EW ages ago but can’t remember). Its Da Vinci Code-ish (and I had to fast forward through the end of the prologue because it got too gruesome) and is very heavy on the religion aspects, but it was another one that I wanted to stay in the car for. PW wrote, “But lively characters and action set pieces make this a more readable, if no more plausible, version of the typical gnostic occult thriller.” Booklist writes, ” After nearly grinding to a halt through all the premise building, the novel finally gathers steam in the last 100 pages or so, concluding with a revelation that seems refreshingly clear after the many convoluted twists that precede it. Until the next Dan Brown opus is released, this should hold devotees.” In a funny coincidence, I got an email from long-lost college friend Collin while I was listening to this book — The Knights Templar always make me think of him since he almost wrote his thesis on them (but ended up not doing it in the end for some reason I can’t remember).

Quickly polished off Dark Tort: A Novel of Suspense (Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries) by Diane Mott Davidson that Mom had passed along ages ago. That series is always reliably delicious.

A sidetrip into nonfiction for Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. A really interesting look at some of the unconscious food decisions we eat every day and the results of studies his lab has done with bottomless bowls of soups, super large movie popcorns and all sorts of other things.

And Nicole, my local YA librarian, made me check out Nancy Werlin’s new book, The Rules of Survival, which she says is likely to be a Prince finalist. As always, Nicole picked another really good one. “Narrated by 17-year-old Matt as a letter to his youngest sister, Emmy, The Rules of Survival is his effort to come to terms with the vicious treatment he and his two sisters suffered at the hands of Nikki, their beautiful and unpredictable mother.” (SLJ) Booklist writes, “The author of Double Helix (2003),Werlin reinforces her reputation as a master of the YA thriller, pulling off a brilliant departure in this dark but hopeful tale, with pacing and suspense guaranteed to leave readers breathlessly turning the pages.”

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