I am currently reading "The Man in the High Castle" by the late Philip K. Dick. It was published way back in 1962 and frankly, I'd never heard of it until last year when Amazon Originals put a mini-series of it on the air. Now in its second season, I watch every episode. It will be interesting to see how closely it sticks to the original story in the book.
The book takes a look at what the world might look like had the outcome of World War II turned out differently. In this dystopian scenario, the Axis powers won the war, leading to the United States being divided into three parts, an area controlled by the Japanese, a Nazi-controlled section, and a buffer zone between the two.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all of the others in the series that I have read. Just a few of the reviews that might interest you:
"Smart and sassy...[with] the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once." -Los Angeles Times
"Hooked. In thrall. That's what the reader will be after only a few pages.... delightful.... endearing, amusing and speckled with truths." -The Dallas Morning News
"An oasis...Full of wit, nuance and caring."-Chicago Sun-Times
"Beguiling...Alexander McCall Smith [has]a gift for evoking the earth and sky of Africa." -The Seattle Times
These books take me to a very happy place, and I do so very much enjoy it there.
By that, I mean stories set at Christmastime. One of my faves is Christmas with Ed Sullivan. A collection of short stories by many famous authors, all about Christmas. I try to read this every year. this book was printed in 1959. some of the stories are: "A Certain Star" by Pearl S. Buck, "Dancing Dan's Christmas" by Damon Runyon, "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote, and includes "Yes, Virginia, by Francis P Church, from the New York Sun.
I've read Fern Michael's "The Most Wonderful Time."
Fern Michael's "Making Spirits Bright."
Raeanne Thayne's "A Cold Creek Christmas Story & Christmas In Cold Creek."
Raeanne Thayne's "the Holiday Gift & A Cold Creek Noel."
Emily March "Christmas in Eternity Springs."
This book is a collection of 10 different stories that start out in the Grand Central Station in NYC. Each story is different but all have the theme of one day at this grand station at the end of WWII. Some people come to say hello and some come to say goodbye. All of the stories are by bestselling authors.
Grrrr.....but I do have some comments to make. Over the Christmas break I read "Ghosts" by Raina Telgemeir. This is a very touching graphic novel about love and family and losing those we love and how we honor them. I read, "Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices". This was a hard read because I really had to read between the lines in some of the stories and poems. It's a hard subject for many white American middle-class people to swallow, but a lesson and a perspective that I feel we need to have to understand other cultures opinions and viewpoints. I also read "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander and now understand the fascination my 7th and 8th grade male students have with this novel. It is written in free verse poetry. When I have non-readers loving this book I had to investigate. We are buying a class set to use in school....Boys....Poetry.....Reading....Really? What is not to appreciate? Last, but not least, I am now in the middle of reading "How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story". It's too early in the read to comment, but so far, I am critical. I don't like the voice that is being used. Perhaps this is the teacher/reader in me...but expect more than broken English. Showing my pessimistic side here right?
My first book of 2017 although I finished it today I started it about 4 days ago.
It is the story of a 7 year old who is kidnapped off the streets in India and sent to an orphanage. He is later adopted by an American couple and brought to the US to be raised. It tells the story of his growing up and the search for his family in India. Very well written, based on a true story, and would make a very good movie.
I have always enjoyed the little books by this author. He always has a bit of a mystery along with a cute love story in his novels. It is a fast read and a very good story. It would also be a good book to give as a gift to someone.
I have been working through all of Jodi Picoult books. Once I find an author I like I usually read everything they wrote. I highly recommend Small Great Things, it's about racism and brings a real twist as all the books I read so far. Never ends how you think it would.