Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

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The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages:  390
Copyright: 2013

In 1942, Lucian Bernard, an architect in war torn Paris, accepts a job that will bring him a lot of money.  He is asked to design a hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man.  He must design a place that will never be found by the Gestapo.   Needing the money, he takes the job.   The job proves to be a real challenge and lives depend on him.  One hiding place leads to many more rescues. Bernard also becomes the main architect for the German Reich in Paris and he is asked to design factories to make munitions for the war effort.   Bernard struggles to make sense of it all and how can he do his part to save his beloved city of Paris.  

I enjoyed the book,  Another look at what people did in terrible times to live and help those in need.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

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The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz

Publisher:  Knoph
Pages: 416
Copyright:  2015

This is the 4th novel in the Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series.  Mr. Larsson died before completing this novel so it does follow the format of the previous editions and the same main characters, it can stand alone as a separate novel.

Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium journalist, finds himself being pushed out of Millennium when it is taken over by another company.   Blomkvist must find that one story to make him relevant again in the world of jounalism.   Lisbeth Salander has been in near seclusion but always relevant in the world of computer hacking.  

Mikael learns that a "superhacker" has information vital to the United States that has been hacked from the NSA.  As the "Web" tightens  - Mikael and Lisbeth join forces to save a little boy from Spider and the secrets he holds.  Spies, cybercriminals, and governments from around the world are all part of the web that Mikeal and Lisbeth must get through to protect the innocents.

I enjoyed this book but I think that it does not have the impact of Larsson's trilogy.  The character's in Larsson's stories seemed to have more electricity and depth and left an impact on the reader.  I would recommend reading the book but the reader will know that they are not reading a Larsson story.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015


A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

A Kiss in Time 
Alex  Flinn

  •  388 pages
  •  April 28, 2009
  • HarperCollins Publishers

From Publishers Weekly

In the same vein as Flinn's Beastly, this clever and humorous retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" follows an aimless American boy who awakens a princess who has been slumbering for 300 years. Jack is on a European tour mandated by his parents ("What they don't tell you about Europe is how completely lame it is") when he breaks an ancient curse by kissing the slumbering Princess Talia. Instead of rejoicing, she and other awakened members of their magical kingdom are confused and perturbed to find themselves in the 21st century. In order to escape the wrath of her father, who blames her for causing the curse, Talia flees with Jack to his home in Florida. While acclimating to the modern world-cell phones, television, Jell-o shots-the princess manages to charm everyone she meets and help Jack sort out his life. Alternating between the teenagers' distinctive points of view, Flinn skillfully delineates how their upbringings set them apart while drawing parallels between their family conflicts. Fans of happily-ever-after endings will delight in the upbeat resolution, which confirms the notion that "love conquers all." 

Comment:  I loved this book!  It was a refreshing twist on the classic fairy tale.  The chapters alternate between the two main characters.  I will be reading the authors other fairy tale titles!