‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picoult
I’d read Picoult’s ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ which fascinated me. ‘Small Great Things’ is Picoult’s attempt to deal with racism in our society. One would like to think the good things as written can happen, but I found it unlikely. That didn’t keep me from finishing it — it IS well-written.
In brief: Ruth has worked as a nurse for 20 years in the delivery ward of a hospital. She’s never been promoted while white colleagues with less experience and knowledge have. When an infant dies, the hospital throws her under the bus. She is tried for murder.
‘Sharpe’s Devil’ by Bernard Cornwell
This isn’t a book I’d have read in my youth. It was an easy size to carry to the local cafe where I enjoy reading. Eons ago, when I was young, we’d have called it a ‘guy’ book.
Heroes Sharpe and his Scottish mate get involved in numerous sea battles with nary a scratch. Those around them die left and right.
They battle with swords, cutlasses and cannons. They slice their enemies with glee and we are treated to extensive descriptions of these gory events. I guess some people like to read these details.
Did I? Well, I was curious, so I finished it.
‘I am the Messenger’ by Markus Zusak
I read all the time and have read hundreds of books, but remember Zusak’s novel ‘The Book Thief’ very well, so when I saw this book, picked it up. This novel is very different and highly unlikely, but absolutely fascinating. I’m on page 265 and can hardly put it down.
Where do authors find the great ideas they write about? This is an unusual idea and I am definitely hooked on it. I’m hoping the main character ends up with something wonderful happening to him.
Yes, I recommend it.