Thursday, June 13, 2024

Show Game by Steve Anderson -- Book Beginning

 

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
Show Game by Steve Anderson

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MY BOOK BEGINNING
I have the bastard, finally, I got him. Target number one.
-- from Show Game by Steve Anderson.

I'm a big fan of Steve Anderson's "Kaspar Brothers" series of WWII/Cold War thrillers. His new novel, Show Game, is a departure from the series. It is a modern-day psychological thriller about a vigilante targeting wrongdoers, starting with a pedophile priest. It looks pretty dark, but good!

Of course, Show Game caught my attention right away because of the priest angle. I've spent the last 18 years doing nothing but going after pedophiles and the institutions that harbored them. I've used the courts, not kidnapping, but I admit I can understand the vigilante idea.

Show Game launches in July, but is available for pre-order now. 



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-- from Show Game

There's no actual timer counting down but it's not a bad idea. Maybe in a future production.

This is going to be exciting! 

FROM THE PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION
The pandemic may be over, but the world is not safe for those who prey on the innocent. A vigilante known by the alias "Alex" knows what these transgressors have done. And taking them captive is only the first step toward vengeance. In order to be set free, they must first play the Show Game . . .

A predatory priest, a double-dealing politician, a fraudulent philanthropist--Alex has ways of making them confess, on camera, for all the world to witness. But the Show Game is building toward a darkly personal finale: exposing society's most notorious and evil abuser.

As Alex gets closer to the main event, investigative reporter Owen Tanaka is determined to unmask the vigilante's true identity and motive. But when a shocking revelation hits close to home, Owen must decide whether to stop a criminal mastermind's devious scheme . . . or let the Show Game play its final round.




Thursday, June 6, 2024

Real Tigers by Mick Herron -- BOOK BEGINNING

 

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

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MY BOOK BEGINNING

Like most forms of corruption, it began with men in suits. 

-- from Real Tigers by Mick Herron, book three in his Slough House series. 

I just finished this one and loved it. The plots are intricate (sometimes confusingly so) and the characters are so wonderfully flawed. Jackson Lamb, the leader of the Slow Horses, says the most outrageous stuff! 

I've been trying to read as many of the series as I can before I start watching the tv show. That hasn't been difficult because The Tourist kept me enthralled for a couple of weeks, between seasons of Justified. We just started season four of Justified, so I still have time to read more of the Herron books. 

Have you read any of the Slough House books? Or watched the tv show?


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MY FRIDAY 56

-- from Real Tigers:

On the move, walking faster, she found her phone, re-called Lamb, and went straight to voicemail again. Disconnecting, she once more considered knocking on a stranger’s door: but then what?

FROM THE PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION
When one of their own is kidnapped, the washed-up MI5 operatives of Slough House—the Slow Horses, as they're known—outwit rogue agents at the very highest levels of British Intelligence, and even to Downing Street itself.

London: Slough House is the MI5 branch where disgraced operatives are reassigned after they’ve messed up too badly to be trusted with real intelligence work. The “Slow Horses,” as the failed spies of Slough House are called, are doomed to spend the rest of their careers pushing paper, but they all want back in on the action.


Saturday, June 1, 2024

12 Books Soon -- BOOK THOUGHTS

 

BOOK THOUGHTS

12 Books Soon!

This was a hair on fire week for me with work. The deadline in the Boy Scout bankruptcy to file all claims on behalf of sexual abuse survivors was May 31. I am happy to say that we now have everything filed on behalf of our 69 clients with claims, but it was insane getting it all done. 

I don't have the capacity to actually concentrate on a book, but I am unwinding by playing with my books. Here are twelve books I am either currently reading or hope to get to soon, which puts them on my TBR ASAP list.

See anything here you’ve read or would like to?

Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz. I bought this at the Smithsonian when I was there recently, after I finally visited Julia Child’s kitchen. I just finished it this morning. Read my thoughts, here

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope. I'm in a Palliser Readalong group on Instagram and this is the next up in the series. It is the only book in the series that I've read before -- two times in fact -- but I am looking forward to reading it again, in context and with a discussion group. 

The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene. This novella (and a short story I can’t remember) are included in my Folio edition of The Third Man, which I read last month. I want to finish off the short pieces so I can move this book off my TBR shelf.

The Light of Day by Eric Ambler. I’m listening to the audiobook of this one, which won the Edgar Award for best mystery in 1964. It is funny, exciting, and quirky. This is the first Eric Ambler book I've read but it won't be the last. 

Lines of Deception by Steve Anderson, the latest in his Kaspar Brothers series of WWII/Cold War thrillers.

Last Chance in Paris by Lynda Marron. I am particularly excited to read this one so bought a copy from Blackwell's because it isn't available from US sellers yet.

Cabaret Macabre by Tom Mead. This is the third book in his series of historical, locked room mysteries featuring retired conjurer Joseph Spector. I was fortunate to get my hands on a review copy, but wanted to read the first two in the series before this one. I just finished the others and am looking forward to this one.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. A friend gave me this and I want to read it so we can talk about it.

The Messenger by Megan Davis. This is a review copy that I forgot about and am now burdened by guilt I haven’t read it yet.

Hanging the Devil by Tim Maleeny is another one! I made a stack of these and then forgot them. This one, about an audacious heist from a San Francisco museum, sounds great!

J by Howard Jacobson is next up on my TBR 24 in '24 list. Jacobson is one of my favorite authors, so I expect I will love it even though I am not a big fan of dystopian novels as a rule. 

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy is another gift from a friend. I just can't decide if I should read the earlier books before this one.

How was your week? Better than mine, I hope! Here's to a relaxing weekend!




Thursday, May 30, 2024

Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz -- BOOK BEGINNING

 

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

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MY BOOK BEGINNING

Julia Child was a person of great intelligence, drive, and accomplishment, but she did not work and achieve alone. This is a book about friendship and collaboration.

-- from Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz.

Last week, I finally visited the Smithsonian Museum of US History and saw Julia Child's kitchen. I'm a huge Julia Child fan, so this visit has been high on my list for a long time. It was well worth it. Very cool!

I bought this book at the Smithsonian gift shop and started it immediately, I've read many books by and about Julia Child. This one is a little repetitive -- they all are -- but it focusses on the people who helped Child create and launch Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her tv show, The French Chef. The author draws heavily from archived primary sources, mostly personal correspondence. It makes me feel like I was right there with Child and her team of helpers. I love it. 

I'm not so keen on the title, but that doesn't detract from the book. To me, Warming Up Julia Child sounds like she's leftovers. Or was left out in the cold. 


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MY FRIDAY 56

-- from Warming Up Julia Child:
After apologizing that she, not Bernard, was writing in thanks, Avis [DeVoto] stated, “I am green with envy at your chance to study French cooking.” With this she opened the conversation that the two would sustain for as long as Avis lived.
This book makes me long for the days of letter writing! The speed and convenience of email has cost us a valuable historic record. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION
Warming Up Julia Child is behind-the-scenes look at this supporting team, revealing how the savvy of these helpers, collaborators, and supporters contributed to Julia's overwhelming success.

Julia is the central subject, but Helen Horowitz has her share the stage with those who aided her work. She reveals that the most important element in Julia Child’s ultimate success was her unusual capacity for forming fruitful alliances, whether it was Paul Child, Simone Beck, Avis DeVoto, Judith Jones and William Koshland (at Knopf), and Ruth Lockwood (at WGBH). Without the contribution of these six collaborators Julia could never have accomplished what she did.

Filled with vivid correspondence, fascinating characters, and the iconic joie de vivre that makes us come back to Julia again and again,
Warming Up Julia Child is essential reading for anyone who adores Julia and her legacy.


Lost & Found: Public Theology in a Secular Age by Michael A. Milton -- BOOK BEGINNING

 


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY

Lost & Found: Public Theology in a Secular Age by Michael A. Milton

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MY BOOK BEGINNING
Some argue the case from anecdotal evidence and others from social research.
— from the author's introduction to Lost & Found: Public Theology in the Secular Age by Michael A. Milton (2024, WIPF and Stock Publishers).
The content of Lost & Found: Public Theology in the Secular Age is presented with a primary concern for the glory of God and the good of His creation.
—from the author's Preface.
The Lord instructed Isaiah to cry aloud and spare not: the truth of God applied to the presenting issues in the most public form possible.
— from chapter one, Cry Aloud and Spare Not: The Meaning of Public Theology and the Secular Age.

I gave three teasers from the beginning of this book to try to introduce it properly. Lost & Found is a new nonfiction book aimed theologians — pastors, professors, seminary students, etc. Still, even though the target audience may be professionals, or professionals in training, it is interesting for any Christian looking for a biblical response to social issues. 

The book sounds interesting to me, so I am happy to get a review copy. My first step was to look up what "public theology" means because it is not a term I am familiar with. The clearest definition google found for me says public theology is "a critical reflection on faith and its implications for society." Wikipedia has a pretty good article explaining public theology

Michael A. Milton is a Presbyterian minister, retired US Army Chaplain, professor, and author. Lost & Found also includes contributions from theologians John Frame, George Grant, Peter Lillback, and John Panagiotou. 


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MY FRIDAY 56

—from Lost & Found:
Economics and the pursuit of monetary gain have become idols and an end unto themselves. The Church Fathers, earlier, and Calvin, later, taught economics and wealth-building as a means to the end of advancing the Kingdom of God.
Food for thought, for sure!

FROM THE PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION
No one doubts we have quickly moved to what Charles Taylor called "a secular age." How do Christian pastors, professors, seminary students, and others respond to the myriad issues now facing the Body of Christ? Following on a biblical and reformed understanding of public theology, Milton along with trusted theologians . . . not only provide biblical responses to the issues of our time but in doing so give the Church a method, a way, to conduct faithful Gospel ministry in an increasingly hostile post-Christian world. A must for classes on ethics, sociology of religion, pastoral theology, and serious-minded Christians seeking insight that they might "Understand of the times."


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