Sunday, July 18, 2004

Book Reviews

I'm loving this summer.  Finally, I've found time to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of losing myself in a good book.  Recently, I've read two worth mentioning:
Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks.
I read Angels and Demons first.  After hearing endless rants from other people about the wonder of his writing, I decided to check it out for myself. Figured it would be a good distraction on my Atlanta business trip last week.  Consider me a believer. His style has a way captivating the reader. Once you start, be forewarned that it will be difficult to put the book down.  When it's over, you'll wish that there were more.  Just ask Craig, he started reading it last night and will likely finish it by this evening.  All 572 pages.  Highly recommended.
After cruising through Angels and Demons, I had nothing left to read on my way home from Atlanta so I picked up The Notebook at the airport.  The book is good and short (only 213 pages).  A bit fluffy and romantic for my taste, but Sparks touched a nerve with the following passage:
"And I learned what is obvious to a child.  That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time.  That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals.  That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.  But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love."
Verdict on The Notebook: Recommended for romantics only.
Next on my list: The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown...I told you I couldn't get enough of him!


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