Posted in Detective, Liked It, Mystery, Rated LI

Murder on the Orient Express

On the way back from Syria, Hercule Poirot takes the Orient Express. Oddly enough the train is very crowded for the time of year. While on the trip, Poirot is approached by a Mr. Ratchett who tries to hire Poirot to be his man sort of. Poirot doesn’t like the look of Ratchett and refuses. On the second night of the journey, Poirot hears a noise coming from Ratchett’s compartment, but later hears the man respond to the conductor’s question that nothing was the matter. A number of strange things happen that night including a woman in a scarlet kimono who bumps the door to his compartment. Oh yes! the train is stopped due to a snow storm.
The next morning, Poirot discovers that Ratchett is dead a victim of 12 stab wounds. The wounds are all different types-some deep and some shallow, some by a right handed person and some by a left handed person. Trying to solve the crime is quite a job because there seems to be a lot of evidence. It points to various people, and when part of the evidence is found in Poirot’s own cabin, its clear than some if not all of the evidence has been planted.
The strange thing about all the people in this particular car is the amount of nationalities present- Italian, Swedish, Russion, German, and a Scotsman. The only place to find that kind of diversity would be America. As it turns out, Ratchett’s true name is Cassetti. Years before, Cassetti kidnapped a 3 year old named Daisy Armstrong who was also an heiress. He asked for ransom, but killed the child anyway. The girl’s mother went into premature labor and died along with the child. The girl’s father committed suicide. The maid was suspected and jumped out of the window. She was cleared later on.

I’m not going to tell you who did it. I hope I told you enough to intrigue you! This was a convoluted mystery.

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Posted in Liked It, Rated LI, Sci-Fi Friday, Science Fiction

Enemies and Allies

Kevin is at it again. If you weren’t aware, Kevin wrote a book that came out last year called The Last Son of Krypton. I didn’t get around to reading that one. But I received this one in the mail, courtesy of Bostick Communication.
This story is when the Man of Steel meets the Dark Knight. The story starts off with quite the bang. If you read my Tuesday Teaser, then you know that Batman is set up by the Gotham police because they view him as an outlaw. I personally think that’s a bit rich coming from all of them as the Gotham police force is corrupt as anything.
Soon after this, Bruce Wayne, the playboy owner of Wayne Enterprises, is interviewed by none other than Clark Kent and Jimmy Olson for a feature in the Daily Planet. The story then follows Clark back to Metropolis where we see him save the passengers on a sinking ferry.
Then of course, you’ve got to throw in Lex Luthor who is as usually trying to take over the world; and let’s not forget Lois Lane who is a no nonsense woman trying to make it in a man’s world.
Batman and Superman get off to a pretty rough start. Superman catches Batman sealing from Lex Luthor. Superman being the someone naive man that he is thinks that Batman deserves his criminal reputation. Batman thinks that Superman is one of Luthor’s henchman.
Both men show a good deal of character growth in this novel. Bruce Wayne realizes that his playboy imagine has been empowering Luther Corp. He must take the more responsible role to keep the world safe. Clark Kent on the other hand realizes that he has a devastating weakness- kryptonite. He is also fighting his feelings of isolation; he literally is an alien. He has no sense of identity with his people and no ties to his heritage. Both men overcome their initial reticence to one another and realize that at times they will need to work with one another to keep the world safe.
This story was vintage Batman and Superman. This story takes place during the Cold War. Perry White is the editor of the Daily Planet. I had to laugh when he kept popping out with “Great Caesar’s Ghost.” Although I do like Batman, I’m more of a Superman kind of girl due to Smallville. This book differs from that story line greatly. The Clark Kent of Smallville has lost a lot of his naivete by the time he begins working for the Daily Planet. In addition, he has fought Doomsday, met Kara (his cousin), defeated Brainiac and others from the Phantom Zone. So he knows a lot more about his heritage. He considers himself human.
But for all of those who remember Batman and Superman from the good old days, this book will be right up your alley. Which brings me to the best part of the review- A GIVEAWAY!
Harper Collins was kind enough to send me TWO books. Obviously, I’m keeping one for myself, but I’m giving one away to one of you lucky readers. To enter the raffle, leave a comment. This contest will be open for 3 weeks. I should add that this would probably be a great Father’s Day present.

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Posted in Meme

Symbolic? or Not?

Question suggested by Barbara H:
My husband is not an avid reader, and he used to get very frustrated in college when teachers would insist discussing symbolism in a literary work when there didn’t seem to him to be any. He felt that writers often just wrote the story for the story’s sake and other people read symbolism into it.

It does seem like modern fiction just ‘tells the story’ without much symbolism. Is symbolism an older literary device, like excessive description that is not used much any more? Do you think there was as much symbolism as English teachers seemed to think? What are some examples of symbolism from your reading?

I’m laughing as I write this- not too loud of course because I’m sitting on the train next to a woman who would probably not appreciate it. Yeah, college professors are famous or infamous for squeezing symbolism out of every word in a text. I got lost frequently in college. I understand literary devices like point of view or foils to illustrate a point or to advance the plot. I’m even cool with discussion of how historical events contemporary to the author plays a huge part in their writing. But whether “killing the elephant was symbolic of English colonialism?” you’ve got to be kidding me. Unfortunately I don’t have any of my old essays or I’d let you read them.

I think authors just wrote a story. Heck I know Dickens did. They reason his books ramble on and on is because he sold his stories in serial format to newpapers. David Copperfield would have been a much more bearable read in smaller segments. Then there is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who started writing the Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries when he became low on funds. So I think authors had very economic reasons for writing. Speaking of symbolism, in the Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries after he was brought back, there is a materialism present in Holmes’ that was lacking in the first set of stories. Holmes’ actually begins to care about getting paid. You could say that was symbolic of the financial pressures Doyle was experiencing. I think modern writing has less description because people today don’t read enough to have an imagination. They wait for books to become movies or read a book because of a movie. So the description is already done for them.

The most recent reminder of how professors read symbolism into everything was a course I took in law school called Law and Literature. We read Octavia Butler’s Blood Child . That was a freaky deaky read. The premise of the story is that humans ended up on a world with sentient slugs (huge slugs) who breeded in a parasitic fashion. These slugs realized that their off spring would be bigger and stronger if they used human males as surrogate mothers. Anyway, this story was about a teenage boy who had been promised to this important slug. The day in the story is when the slug comes to impregnate the boy. Honey, it was role reversal, deflowering, not to mention a touch of incestuousness involved. Email me for complete details. That story was the segway into a discussion on abortion and how pregnancy is parasitic for women. Well if you read this story, it is quickly apparent that human pregnancies are nothing like the story portrayed. Besides, any Star Trek scholar (like yours truly) knows the hallmarks of a parasitic relationship. In case you were wondering I did in fact deliver the Star Trek speech. No one responded to my remarks. I can’t imagine why. I digress.

I think symbolism is something like hindsight- it can only be done to stuff in the past. I’m sure that in 150 when J.K. Rowling is dead and buried, some literature Ph. D. will probably say that Harry Potter’s eye are symbolic. Green after all is a verdant color- the color of grass. It represents renewal and hope thus symbolizing that Harry was the Chosen One. The fact that his mother also had green eyes plus a powerful witch is symbolic of the fact that she would bear the Chosen One. I’m sure someone will make the connection between Lillie and Harry and The Virgin Mary and the Messiah. Mark my words.

So what do you think about this question?

New Hatchette Giveaway: Testimony by Anita Shreve

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Posted in Advanced Review, Liked It, Rated LI

Summer on Blossom Street

This was a refreshing, light read. Especially after reading Travis Thrasher’s Ghostwriter. This is the 5th book in the Blossom Street series. Lydia Goetz owns A Good Yarn in Seattle Washington. She has decided to start up the Knit to Quit class. Everyone who joins wants to quit something and start a new chapter in their lives.

Phoebe Rylander joins the class to get over her unfaithful, manipulative ex-fiance.
Alix Turner joins the class to quit smoking so that she and her husband can have a baby.
Bryan Hutchinson “Hutch” the local executive of Rainier chocolates joins the class for stress relief purposes.
In addition to the details of the class members lives, the book tells the complications in the lives of Anne Marie Roche, who has adopted a little girl, and Lydia herself who ends up an unexpected foster mother to a 12- year old.

This was a great read. It was very similar to Marie Bostwick’s A Single Thread. It was told from 5 different points of view, but it was still easy to follow. What was more impressive is that I actually cared for the characters in a short period of time. I found myself, saying “No Phoebe! Forget him! Be strong!” and that sort of thing. So if you are looking for an inspiring read, pick this one up.

This book will be available for purchase in May!!
Reviews this week
Ghostwriter
Beings in a Dream
Here are the following Hatchette Book Giveaways
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
The Turnaround

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Posted in Advanced Review, Liked It, Thriller

Ghostwriter

Dennis Shore is a renown horror writer. People live for his next novel. The only problem is that since the death of his wife he hasn’t been able write anything. So he commits the unpardonable sin for a writer. He publishes another person’s work as his own. The other author’s book receives rave reviews.
On a took tour, he runs into none other than Cillian Reed. The author of the book he co-opted. Reed wants Dennis to pay. Rather than embarrass the man and go public, Reed decides to give Dennis a taste of the horrors about which he’s been writing in his books. Well horror turns out to be more entertaining in books than in life.

At first, Dennis wants to keep the harassment to himself. He’s in a financially precarious position and knows that if this comes out, he will lose everything. When Dennis decides to go to the authorities, he doesn’t tell the police why the man is after him. They think he’s a crazy fan, especially when the police run a background check on the man. Dennis decides to take matters into his own hands, but it is not really clear what Cillian wants- retribution or to help Dennis in some twisted fashion.

In addition to being a horror novel, this book is also about personal growth. Dennis has allowed his grief, to make him a shell of his former self. He has essentially stopped living. We also see that this is a book of Spiritual growth. The question he constantly considers is why God took his wife. This is definitely not the typical Christian fiction novel. In fact the religion was so subtle as to be non-existent until the very end.

This is the first time a book made the hair on the back of my neck raise and stay raised. I enjoy shows like Supernatural, but I’ve never had such feelings of apprehension when reading any book.
In the opinion of this partial, prejudiced, and ignorant reader, Mr. Thrasher did an excellent job. Definitely pick this one up, but you might not want to eat anything while reading this book. There were some stomach turning moments.

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Beings in a Dream

This story takes place immediately after Friends & Enemies. It is right after Tommy exposes Drogo’s crime in the cathedral at Toulouse.
Spoiler Alert
Tommy and Eloise are headed back to the chateau. The Count and Countess du Romolue realized how dangerous Toulouse had become. Tommy is filling Eloise in on modern life and how there are no nobles nor indeed monarchy in France. The Count and Countess decide to send Eloise to a convent for safety.

Tommy has a brainwave and realizes that the etching the brought him to the past was made in 1599 and is probably being finished. He suspects that the etching will take him back to his own time. He is right. The etching takes both he and Eloise to the present time and takes Thomas to the past.

To say that Eloise suffers from culture shock would be the biggest understatement of the year. Her first experience with modern plumbing seems to traumatize her. Then there is the whole modern of social equality and not being able to flog hired help. I think this really changed how Tommy viewed Eloise. I don’t think he realized how blood thirsty she was, until she was in modern times!!!

The only thing that mars Eloise’s trip is Drogo’s appearance. Much like Jasper, Drogo is in the present. Much as in the past, Drogo is still a priest. The plot thickens when the paint of Eloise’s mother is cleaned and reveals a cricket pitch in the corner. It suggests very strongly that Tommy indeed returns to the past.

Meanwhile, Tommy, Eloise, and his parents search the house to determine what if anything remains from Eloise’ time. They find the Countess’ trunk in a secret room. In addition to finding all of Eloise’s mother jewels, they find Drogo’s confession. Strangely enough a spector of Drogo appears in the room when they remove the confession from the trunk. They also discover that in the past Drogo was being held at Chamblay.

Tommy and Eloise realize that the only way to bring Drogo to justice is to take him back to 1599. One night they go to Drogo’s house in the present. When they enter his house, it appears that there is a portal through time there as well. Eloise sees a spector of a man she believes is her father and end ups being transported to the past.

Tommy makes his way to the etching and ends up back in 1599. By the time he arrives, Eloise is being taken to a convent by both the Count and Countess. However, while the adults are gone, Drogo’ss brother, the Bishop tries to capture Tommy. Tommy gets away, and goes after Eloise, who is in danger. This time from a merchant who decides he will make Eloise his wife instead of conveying her to the convent as demanded by the Count. Eloise is rescued by none other than her father, who safely gets her inside the convent. He is captured by the merchant but later rescued by his crew (he’s a bit of a pirate). However she still isn’t say as the merchant has rapport with the nuns. Anyway, Tommy does rescue her with the help of Emp and the rest of his forrest friends.

The go to Chamblay (which is on the sea) in the guise of actors and put on the play Romeo and Juliet. The find Drogo and chase him into a tower, he tries to escape to the sea, but an unfortunate accident renders him unconscious, and he is swept out to the sea along with Tommy and Eloise who follow him closely. Drogo’s body is pulled out of the water by Eloise’ s father’s crew but he is dead. Before the crew can get to Tommy and Eloise, they jump to the future and are rescued by a helicopter. The story ends with Tommy assuring Eloise that Drogo is dead.

Well this book certainly raised more questions than it answered. From the first book we know that Eloise’s father was captured by pirates. They were to pay the ransom or he would be killed. Clearly he wasn’t killed. So how does this man end up a pirate.
I’m still not clear on how this whole time travel thing works.

Posted in Liked It, Sci-Fi Friday, Science Fiction, Space travel, Star Wars

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

This is the first book in the new Star Wars arc. It takes place following Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

Since this series will go on for two years, and there is a lot of history, I think it will helpful to add the cast of characters.

Ben Skywalker- Jedi Knight, son of Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker (human). He is 16 at the start of the story.
Corran Horn- Jedi Master (human); Halcyon line Jedi which means males don’t possess the ability of telekinesis.
Jagged Fel- Imperial Remnant Head of State (human); boyfriend to Jaina Solo
Jaina Solo- Jedi Knight, daughter of Leia Organa and Han Solo, niece to Luke Skywalker, twin to Jacen Solo (deceased), sister to Anakin Solo (deceased), aunt to Allana (daughter of Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka, Queen Mother of Hapes). A.K.A. the Sword of the Jedi (human); girlfriend to Jagged Fel.
Kenth Hamner- Jedi Master (human)
Leia Organ Solo- Jedi Knight, wife to Han Solo, mother to Jaina, Jacen (deceased), and Anakin (deceased), grandmother/adoptive mother of Allana (who goes by Amelia).
Luke Skywalker- Jedi Grand Master, brother to Leia Organa Solo, uncle to Jaina Solo, great-uncle to Allana, father to Ben.
Mirax Horn- wife to Corran Horn, mother to Valin and Jysella Horn.
Natasi Daala- Galactic Alliance Head of State, Former Imperial
Valin Horn- Jedi Knight, son of Corran and Mirax Horn.

The story opens with Jagged Fel and the Imperial Remnant being asked to join the Galactic Alliance. Jagged wants Jaina to open a Jedi school in Imperial space, mostly so they can be together.
In the next scene, conflict appears. Valin Horn and his sister Jysella are visiting with his parent. While Mirax is preparing Valin breakfast, Valin realizes something horrible, this woman is not his mother. Somehow she has been replaced. Valin tries to take his mother into custody, but then a man he thinks is Corran Horn shows up. The ensuing lightsaber duel spills outside of their apartment. In the end, Mirax is able to stun her son into unconsciousness. No his parents hadn’t been replaced; Valin was having some sort of break with reality.

Meanwhile, at the Senate Building, Luke comes to the stunning realization that the Galactic Alliance is in the hands of Imperial. Not that Daala isn’t doing a more than adequate job. After the opening of the talks, Luke is arrested by Galactic Alliance security which is being backed-up by bounty hunters. It’s clear that the bounty hunters are looking for a reason to take Luke out.
The reason for Luke’s arrest is that “in not recognizing Jacen Solo’s degenerative moral and ethical changes–the only way they can say ‘descent to the dark side’ in legalese–you were derelict in your duty as the Jedi Grand Mater and were partly responsible for every consequence of his subsequent abuse of power.”
Eventually, Luke and Daala make a deal. He agrees to be exiled for 10 years, and steps down as Grand Master turning control over to Kenth Hamner. He also decides to try find out why Jacen Solo went to the Dark Side so that they can prevent other Jedi from going that same path. Ben decides to accompany his father on their trip. Part of what makes Luke take this trip is Valin Horn’s condition. Somehow Valin is using the Force to make it appear that he is brain dead to neurological scans. This was a technique that Jacen Solo picked up during his wanderings among Force groups. They weren’t able to determine when Jacen could have taught this technique. Another rogue Jedi (Seff Hellin) that the Solos ran into in Millennium Falcon demonstrated a skill that Jacen had possessed. They all realized that there were too many gaps that need to be filled as to what Jacen had learned.
Master Cilgal, a Mon Cal, thinks she may have discovered when Jacen could have picked up this knowledge. Old Republic Jedi Master Plo Koon, a Kel Dor, mentioned a way that Kel Dor Force Users could block a neurological scan. The Kel Dor had an Order of Forces Users known as Baran Do Sages. Luke and Ben used this as their starting point. As it turns out, Jacen had visited the Baran Do Sages and did learn this technique from them. Luke has the Master of the Order teach him the technique. It also turns out that the Baran Do Sages have a disturbing way of preserving Force knowledge. They “die” and go live in an underground cave. Luke and Ben help them see the error of their ways.

Meanwhile, Han and Leia get a call from Lando and Tendra, who are running a spice mining operation on Kessel. The planet is not supposed to have any tectonic activity yet they’ve been experiencing earthquakes. The Solos with Allana decide to go investigate, but this is made quite tricky by the fact that there is an Executive Order requiring all Jedi to have an Observer with them any time they leave the Temple. They are also subject to random checks twice a day. But the Solos escape and have quite the adventure. It turns out that deep beneath Kessel’s surface there is a lot of technology on the order of the Centerpoint station. Some advanced alien race has the computers set to blow up Kessel, hence the earthquakes. The Solos and Calrissians manage to avert a catastrophe. But a more disturbing problem comes up. Allana has heard some sort of voice through the Force. She realizes that whatever it is wants her. The plot thickens.
Back to Coruscant, someone clearly has a dark sense of humor because Jaina gets stuck with the observer Dab Hantaq, who is a dead ringer for her brother Anakin. Soon after this measure, the Galactic Alliance also decides that until they can figure out what is wrong with Valin Horn, he must be put into carbonite to ensure he does not hurt anyone. The rest of the Jedi, of course, take care of their own. They decide not to leave research to the government. As a result a group led by Jaina capture Seff so they can study him themselves.
In the end, the High Court strikes down the executive order imposing restriction on the Jedi Order. One can imagine that this isn’t over yet.

I can certainly understand Daala’s reasoning behind arresting Luke. If anyone but Jedi tried some of these shenanigans they’d have been arrested. Yes, I did wonder why Luke let Jacen go so far. I mean hindsight is always 20/20. But there was evidence beginning with the story in Joiner King that Jacen was using his abilities irresponsibly. For instance, he flow walked back in time and gave one of his fellow Jedi encouragement. This same Jedi, Raynor (along with two others), ended up bringing the Killick species back to become a power in the present. Furthermore, Jacen used another Force ability to view the future which he saw as showing an everlasting war. He ended up causing this war by trying to change the future. He should have been smacked down big time. Anyway, there seem to be a lot of mysteries. So stay tuned.

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Around the World in 80 days

This book is rated L
This story begins on October 2, 1872. Phileas Fogg who is a wealthy and eccentric Englishman accepts a bet of 20,000 pounds. from the member of his club. The group discuss a recently newspaper article that states with the opening of a new railroad makes it possible to travel around the world in 80 days. Fogg makes this trip with his manservant Passepartout. On the day they depart, Passertout forgets to turn his gas lamp off and is anticipating a large bill when he returns.

The trip starts off well, but becomes quite complicated when a Scotland Yard detective, Fix, mistakes Fogg for a London bank robber. Fix constantly causes problems for the pair throughout their journey. Fogg and Passepartout travel from Suex to Bombay. They rescue a young woman Aouda who is to be burned with her dead husband. Then the pair heads off to Hong Kong, then Shanghai. Finally they land in San Fransisco. Fix by this point is traveling with the as Fogg is no longer on British soil for him to arrest.
They hop a train to New York then across the Atlantic to Ireland. Of course Fix arrests Fogg, only to discover that the bank robber was caught while they were gone. Of course Fogg is pissed with Fix and punches him. Especially since he has now lost his bet.
Despite his poverty, Fogg does as Aouda to marry him. When Passepartout goes for the minister he discovers that they actually gained a day because they crossed the International Date line. Fogg makes it back to the club and wins his money.

My mom bought a child’s version of this book when I was younger. I loved the tale. I was constantly re-reading it. I didn’t really like Fogg that much. I just thought he was so high-handed or may single-minded. I most certainly didn’t like the way he treated Passepartout. On one hand, I did feel that Fogg had gotten his just dessert in losing the bet. But I did feel bad for Aouda, who had no way to take care of herself. Interesting side note, Fogg’s name always reminded me of that clothes designer London Fog.

When I was younger, I found the whole wife burning thing very disturbing. I do re-call looking up the wife burning in India. I think it is so sad that even now women who lose their husbands are still mistreated. The acid throwing makes me sick. Anyway, I highly recommend this book.

Posted in Advanced Review, Science Fiction

Re-Deal

Mathew McCain is a card mechanic- basically he can expose a cheater at cards a mile away. Part of the reason he’s so good is because he’s mostly bling. The Cypher family (a crime family in New Mexico) had him blinded as a youngster. They forced him to stare into the sun while they held a magnifying glass over his eyes.

Mathew McCain’s family are essentially slaves to the Cyphers. Mathew’s ancestor Lucas “the loser” McCain lost is land and freedom in a poker game against John Cypher on July 12, 1882.

Well the story begins with Mathew being drugged and shoved out of a window. He’s rescued by Miss Guided, an angel in disguise. Miss Guided also rescues, Juan who is an orphan raised by the Cypher family to be a goon. Juan is responsible for keeping an eye out for Matt. Strangely enough, Juan does believe in God. Anyway, Miss Guided rescues him too! She takes both young men to a location where the Cyphers can’t find them. She leaves them in the care of a pastor and arranged fro them to have karate lessons at a local school.

Five years later, Juan is a 3rd degree black belt and a strong man of faith. Matt is on the verge of earning his black belt. On the day of his test, which includes fighting 10 black belts back to back, one of the Cypher goons shows up at the test as one of the black belts Matt has to fight. He successfully earns his black belt, but the goon has been ordered by Big Lew Cypher to bring Matt in. Big Lew is hosting a huge poker game and wants Matt to deal to ensure a Cypher victory. Miss Guided arrives in the nick of time, and tells the pair about the mission.
They are going back in time to prevent Lucas McCain from losing in that infamous poker game. In order to enter the tournament, Matt must earn enough money to pay the entry fee. So the three visit all the lucrative gaming houses in the west. They meet Wild Bill Hickok, see the event spawns “The Dead Man’s Hand. They even run in to the psychotic Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Oh did I mention that Big Lew’s son manages to travel back in time with them. Of course once he overhears their plan, he tries to thwart them at every turn.

This was a very entertaining book. The author took the main storyline (Lucas McCain) from an event that actually happened. I was very intrigued by the author’s knowledge of methods of cheating at card. I was more impressed to discover that Richard Turner is a card mechanic himself. He has appeared on Ripley’s Can You Believe It.

I received this book from Lillie Ammann. Some weeks ago, I answered a question on Faith N’ Fiction Saturday regarding what we would like to see in Christian Fiction. My response was science fiction and a superhero. Lillie left a comments mentioning this new book. She interview Richard last week. It turns out that Richard’s eye sight is 4 times worse than what is considered legally blind. I thought this gave Matt’s character an added layer of realism. So if you are looking for a fun read, definitely pick this book up.

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The Nine Lessons

August Witte has never wanted children. He doesn’t feel that he is capable of being a good father because he had the worst father imaginable. His father London is an avid golfer and appears to value golf as much as life. He also values the game more than he values his son.
Of course, August’s wife Erin ends up pregnant. Of course she would, because what kind of story would it be if a man like August didn’t have to face his fears. So like many men who find themselves in such a position, he decides to blame someone and that someone happens to be his father.
Oddly enough London agrees to teach him about golf. He will give a lesson for every month of Erin’s pregnancy. In exchange, August gets his father’s diary written on the back of golf scoring cards. These cards contain memories of his mother, who died when he was a small child.
At first the games seem to be just about the game of golf. But August quickly realizes that many of life’s lessons can be learned from the game of golf. As the months progress, August learns a great deal about the game, life, and his mother. He also learns a lot about his father- how much his father loved him. Is August finally prepared to be a father- no, but then again who is? But the most important and final lesson that he learns from his father is to get down on his knees a pray.
What an awesome book. It was really different to read a book about impending fatherhood from a man’s perspective. I definitely learned what not to do to my husband when pregnant. I knew that the whole nine months experience was different for men, but I forgot how different. They don’t experience the morning sickness, swollen ankles, and odd cravings; but they also don’t get to feel the constant movement of the baby. Maybe men would be less apprehensive if they had that 9 months of bonding that the woman does. Anyway, it was food for thought. This would make an excellent father’s day present, especially for a father-to-be.

This book is available for purchase May 5, 2009

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