Sunday, March 6, 2011

French Court Finds in Favor of Journal Editor Sued for Libel Over Book Review

"A French court has dismissed a criminal-libel charge brought against a journal editor over a negative book review and ordered the plaintiff to pay punitive damages."

The 5 Love Languages (Men's Edition)

If you are in a relationship or ever intend on being in a relationship you should absolutely read this book. It wont solve your problems, but it will give you a new perspective in regards to how the problems began and how to deal with them. Its a sleek easy read. You'll finish it in a couple of afternoons and keep it happily ever after on the bookshelf for future reference.

Title: The 5 Love Languages (Men's Edition)

Author: Gary Chapman

Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Romancing The Kindle

The Kindle apparently has consequences no one would predict. I was having a conversation with a coworker when she "admitted" that the six books a week she had been tearing through were romance novels. How would anyone know? Now you can read "on the dl" without anyone being the wiser. This may be the death of bookshelves filled with mauve covers, stallions, long flowing hair and embarrassment.

Code Talker

I know a few Navajo people. I work with a lot of them both as coworkers and customers. They are an incomparable people with a past and present glossed over by the rest of the nation. Politicians have no need to do anything other than placate them, citizens are either ignorant of the facts or too concerned with their own guilt to push for change and the Navajo people have no desire to shame themselves by throwing a publicity fit about being abused. Given my experience and interest, Code Talker by Joseph Brouchac seemed like a solid choice for a good read.

At first I was disappointed. The back cover and snippets give the impression it is a first person gut spilling. But alas it is historical fiction. Historical fiction that reads like a first person gut spilling by an ancient Navajo man relaying his experience as a WW2 Code Talker. That being said, once I got over our back cover miscommunication, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Its smooth, quick, well put together and authentic. If you enjoy history or more specifically military history then I recommend it as a good summer read. The Code Talker secret is one of the most fascinating military operations in American history after all. If you are obsessed with everything Native American then you should know Joseph Bruchac has written over 100 books. You'll have to let me know how they are.

Title: Code Talker

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Publisher: Dial Books

Whiter Shades of Pale

Lets start easy. Whiter Shades of Pale is funny. But not that funny. Its more true. Like reading about an event that happened in your neighborhood in the Sunday paper. Its fun in a smirky, knowing way. Lander eloquently writes his observations on white culture. That's it. He does so from the inside with a sense of intelligence and light humor. Its content is taken mostly from his site: Whiter Shades of Pale is a good read. You will pick it up and put it down repeatedly as its over 200 pages will keep you amused for some time. I received it as a gift for Christmas and it was a great idea. You will enjoy this book if you are white. You will keep it in your back pocket if you are not.

Title: Whiter Shades of Pale

Author: Christian Lander

Publisher: Random House

Amazon: Whiter Shades of Pale