Extra Indians by Eric Gansworth

Extra Indians by Eric Gansworth, is a jumble of characters and their stories. Ranging from a lost Japanese tourist in search of the buried treasure mentioned in the movie Fargo to Frank, a struggling Native actor and the legacy he leaves his son, Gansworth fills his fourth novel with memorable characters. Vietnam, life on the Rez, and Dear John letters fill in all the blanks. Worth the effort it may take the casual reader to get to the conclusion.

. Due to the push-n-pull nature of the story I can only give it a 5 out of 10. 

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A dystopian Sleeping Beauty

 

 

 

    Just finished the debut YA novel by Anna Sheehan, A Long LonSleep, a story loosely based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It has all the requirements for YA fiction; unrequited  love, evil adults, strong male lead character, high school cliches. The twist in this retelling is in the setting and the characters Sheehan creates. I like that  Sheehan keeps the dystopian future believable and more importantly,  relatable to her young readers.

         I look forward to her next novel. I’m giving this one 8 out of 10.

Readers Advisory on the web

The biggest challenge I have at work is remembering all the different books that I read (or read about)  when a customer asks me to recommend a title to them – there are so many to choose from. Instead of trying to remember everything or writing random titles down on scraps of paper I can use a blog to record & save my personal book reviews. I think this is a great way to integrate technology and best work practices! 

Here are just two bloggers offering reviews of newly published material in very different styles. When I’m done with this class I think I’ll have to keep my blog rolling with book reviews : )

http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com/

http://inkweaver-review.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-review-blog-carnival-24.html


Welcome to my world!

     I’m an avid reader with a strong belief in the restorative properties of retail shopping therapy. I love Entertainment Weekly,the Huffington Post, Sirus XM and lots & lots of chocolate. Music and medication keep me sane when the children of the corn come and greet me at the door, which believe it or not, is often. My husband loves to cook, talk about collecting guns and read Sci-Fi. My kids love to leave every light on, play strange games on the computer against each other and sing out loud in the shower (I have audio to prove it). My life is rich and full of love, laughter and laundry.  

Oh, and if I had a million dollars, I’d be rich.