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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • What We See When We Read
  • Author: Peter Mendelsund
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: Adam's rating: 5 stars

    Call #028.9 Mendelsund

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. Why? Because it's given me a new appreciation for reading and a fresh outlook on life. Mendelsund - book cover artist, classical pianist, and philosopher - illustrates through words and art what goes on when we're reading a book. We think we experience a book like we do a movie, with complete images of the characters and scenes. This reflects our brain's attempt to make sense of the book through synecdoche - where the part refers to the whole. We extrapolate. This is true in books as it's true in life. We only see the world through our eyes, no one else's and we're left with an incomplete and blurry picture.
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  • The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living
  • Author: Nick Ortner
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Need to ILL

    TCL currently does not have the brother's book The Tapping Solution (as of 12/9/2014) so you'll need to ILL (Interlibrary Loan)it. He also has a DVD by the same name. I started with the DVD which followed 10 totally different people with totally different complaints through the process so you could see how it worked. I like the DVD as I'm a visual learner so it was a good introduction for me and there's a section/chapter dedicated solely to explaining the process and how to duplicate on your own.. I then followed with the book just to get more details and the scientific notation of studies.
    I admit that I feel silly doing this - I loathe anything that requires verbal affirmations - but as a life long sufferer of panic disorder I have a rule that I must at least try anything new that comes along. I do have to say after 1 week of tapping I feel less panic so . . .

    FYI - his sister's book by the same title is in the TCL collection. However, it is completely derivative of her brother's book and less successfully so. Her explanations of how the process should be done are lacking and she has no scientific reference like her brother's book. It's like they decided she could put a "chick spin" on the subject and spoon feed it to "ladies". Ugh. And sigh.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
  • Author: Robert Galbraith
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call#: MYSTERY Galbraith R

    Cindy W. - 4 stars

    I could not put this book down. Maybe because it’s a crime mystery, a genre which lends itself to rapid page-turning, maybe because it’s written by JK Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith), mistress extraordinaire of page-turners. The novel is set in London in recent times, with a cast of characters - all of them muggles - spanning every color of the personal, social, economic rainbow – famous, homeless, posh, slovenly, educated, illiterate, addicted to drugs, addicted to money, heroic, cowardly, good, evil and everything in between.

    The main character is private detective Cormoran Strike, a wounded veteran of Afghanistan, freshly dumped by a long-time girlfriend and anxious for new cases to pay off old debts. He is hired by high-profile attorney John Bristow to investigate the recent death of his super-model sister. Bristow claims her death was a murder and not, as the police concluded, a suicide.

    As I read this book I couldn’t help but see similarities between The Cuckoo’s Calling and Rowling’s earlier work. In Cuckoo the plot thickens, thickens again, and then again. But with Rowling’s meticulous descriptions and expert navigation of countless people, places, things and events, her plot line remains crystal clear. That ability to navigate the reader through a complex plot is what impressed me most with the Potter series. I was reminded of A Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s first post-Potter book, because to me there is a similar underlying theme: invoking in the reader a sympathy for the underprivileged and the disenfranchised.

    Rowling has written the second of what she intends to be a series of Cormoran Strike novels. It will be published in 2014 under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.

    Madeleine - 4 stars
    I agree with Cindy's review above, I could not put this book down AND I thought it was similar in style to A Casual Vacancy. While it is a crime novel it's more a study in human character.

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  • The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
  • Author: Robert Galbraith
  • User Rating: 2
  • Review: TCL Call#: MYSTERY Galbraith R

    Madeleine - 2 stars
    I found this second in the series to be a disappointment. NONE of the suspects/characters in the story were likable and even the 2 main character became less likeable. The first in the series had beautifully complex characters that changed throughout the story. In this book those same characters are rendered flat and static. This story seemed more stereotypical of the private detective genre. The women were self-conscious - lots of descriptions about what they were wearing though. The men were tough guys, see? Tough guys. Sigh.
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