About 7% into this book (I read it on my Kindle), I thought to myself, “Ah, man, this is a vampire book?” Not usually my cup of tea and I figured I must have somehow missed it in the book description. Another 5% in I reconsidered that statement. “Ah, double man, this is a demon book.” Even worse. That aside, I chose to finish it and, to its credit, it drew me in. While it had a bit too much “disturbingness” and sex, and the prose was slightly above mediocre (infinitely better than James Patterson’s story-telling but no where near becoming a classic), I couldn’t put it down. For me, reading is a matter of catching a few pages here and there amidst the chaos of raising four young kids, so finishing a book in just a few days is bordering upon miraculous. If you’re looking for a book that will move you, inspire you, or intrigue you, this isn’t the one. If you’re looking for an entertaining, easy read, littered with some great new vocabulary (I was happy to use my thesaurus quite a bit), then this is the book for you.
This book was unexpectedly good. It was a freebie for my Kindle from Amazon Prime and it sounded interesting enough, so I thought I’d give it a shot. It follows the plight for survival of a British prisoner whose fate has led him to the most notorious and isolated penal colony. There were disturbing elements but they were “tastefully” presented to illustrate the reality for these men, not simply for the sake of entertainment. Dark at times but a testament to the human spirit’s ability to rise above its circumstances.
One of the best books I’ve read in a great while. It follows the representatives of the Constitutional Convention and their behind-the-scenes struggle to create a constitution that incorporated the demands of each individual state but that would be accepted by the majority. It clearly illustrates so much of the complex push and pull, the quarrels and compromises, that encompassed the formation of our Constitution. Although Best takes liberties with specific dialogue, most of what he presents is historical fact, much of it obtained from the copious and detailed notes that James Madison recorded throughout the convention. It also introduced some incredibly significant historical figures to me, namely Robert Sherman, to whom we, as a nation, owe so much.