ON THE LIBRARY
As an achievable New Year’s resolution, I decided to keep a list of
all the books I read in 2004. During the bitter cold January, I sat by
the woodstove and enjoyed the following lightweight reading. All except
the last two titles are fiction. All are available for you to borrow
from the library.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Like many others, I waited a long
time to read this book. It was worth the wait. Intrigue, art history
mysteries, conspiracies and a central puzzle drive this work. Where do
historical facts end and myth begin? It’s a real page-turner.
Gloriana’s Torch by Patricia Finney. This is an engrossing
historical novel about the events surrounding the defeat of the Spanish
Armanda. The strong cast of characters includes spies, traitors,
royalty, slaves, religious zealots and a resourceful dwarf. (Note: There
are some graphic brutality scenes with the Inquisition and in the slave
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon. The Space Academy forces
senior cadet Kylara Vatta to resign. Her wealthy interstellar shipping
family makes her captain of an obsolete ship. She’s assigned to take a
cargo to a distant planet and sell the ship as salvage. The young
heroine overcomes all obstacles. This is standard science fiction fare
with a young adult flavor.
"Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Mary Jacobs,
the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published monthly
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Hour by Jodi Compton. A detective searches for her missing policeman
husband. As she uses all her resources to find him, she discovers
secrets in his past that mirror her own. This has a good plot, but the
characters are a little dark and brooding.
Firefly by P.T. Deuterman. The Department of Homeland Security
calls legendary Secret Service Agent Swamp Morgan out of retirement. He
investigates a possible terrorist plot. The book is rather slow going
through the mire of governmental bureaucracy. The villain at times seems
inept. The slam-bang twist of an ending makes it all worthwhile.
The Curious Incident of the Dog In Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
Teenage Chris Boone finds a neighbor’s dog stabbed to death. Chris
uses his exceptional skills in math and science to search for a logical
explanation. He is hindered by his undeveloped social skills and the
world that overwhelms him. The book gives a new perspective on the life
of an autistic person.
The Codex by Douglas Preston. Maxwell Broadbent accumulates a
fortune by looting archaeological sites. His three sons combine forces
to seek their inheritance hidden in uncharted land. Rather formula
writing with jungle survival, ancient ruins and a cure for all disease.
It’s still a fun adventure.
The Best Christian Writing 2004. There are a variety of topics
from the history of Habitat for Humanity to the quirky health beliefs of
John Wesley. There are a few gems on repentance, gratitude and spiritual
Saint Therese of Lisieux by Kathryn Harrison. The author
transforms the mundane into lively reading with her psychological
interpretation of facts. Therese’s road to sainthood embraced
suffering. She died in 1897 at age 24. Her 1999 reliquary tour drew
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December 22, 2005.