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Recent fun reads

In the last month, I read three books for fun and thought I might make a brief post about them.

First is Monster by Frank Peretti.  Was at a friends and she had it on her shelf.  Since I had not read anything by Peretti in a long time, I picked it up.  Not the spiritual warfare books like his first ones.  In this, there is a mystery to be solved around a supposed sasquatch type of beast that is killing campers.  A good read and a bit of a twist at the end.  Ends up being a bit of a polemic against evolution but not over the top.

Second is Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.  A friend is getting rid of a bunch of books and thought I would be intersted in this sci fi series.  She sent over four or five books but the one above is the second in one series.  I took a chance and I think I didn’t miss too much–quite a lengthy explanation from the author in my edition about the book and how it is a stand alone book altho does fit in with the others.  Anyway, the speaker for the dead is a person who lives far in the future and goes around and speaks on behalf of the dead after talking to family and friends–sort of a post-funeral meeting.  But when he speaks, he speaks about the person the way things really were–no embellishment, good and bad.  Actually, I like the idea!!!

Third book was Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fisher.  Insightful read and helped me understand the true story of the events of the early days of War for American Independence in 1775.  Paul Revere was quite a guy and was quite an organizer for which the U.S. owes quite a debt.  Debunks the solo rider idea as well.

  1. AndrewN
    July 8, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Speaker for the Dead is excellent, even better (in my opinion) than the first book, Ender’s Game. And that’s saying something. Ender’s Game is very very good. Xenocide and Children of the Mind, the next two books after Speaker, are also excellent, although everything gets even more weird than in Speaker.

    Card is an excellent fiction writer in general, I’ve enjoyed just about all his fantasy and scifi.

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