Monthly Archives: April, 2014

My Review: “31 Hours” by Masha Hamilton

I rated it:

3stars

 

This was a suspenseful, interesting novel that held my attention and kept me wanting more.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite all come together in the end.  The book alternates between the lives of 4 different characters living in New York city over a period of 31 hours:  A young US citizen in training for a terrorist mission, his mother, a life-long friend, and a homeless man.  I’m not exactly sure how the homeless man fit in.  Everyone ran into him at one point or another in the Subway, but if any of them had a significant interaction with him I guess I wasn’t paying very close attention.  The mother spends all of her time searching frantically for the young boy while dealing with her failed marriage.  His friend is dealing with her own parents failed marriage and attempting to help her younger sister with her emotions.  The boy is, obviously, preparing for the mission.  And the homeless man is doing what (I’m assuming) most homeless people do.  The story just didn’t really have any kind of conclusion.  It was a quick, enjoyable read that ended abruptly and definitely could have gone on a bit longer31hours.  Maybe if it had been “48 hours” there would have been enough to leave me completely satisfy.

Book Review: “South of Superior” by Ellen Airgood

I Rated It:

4starsuppostcard

 

The only two things that I knew about this book before I bought it were that it was set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (where I was raised) and it was on the bargain table at Barnes and Noble.  I don’t think that I’ve ever been so pleased with a book that I knew so little about ahead of time.  The town in which it is set (McAllaster) is a fictional town, but I could actually see all of the little U.P. towns that I’ve been to or driven through while reading Airgood’s description.  The plot was very straightforward and not overly exciting.  This was a beautifully written life-like account of a woman who chose to leave the city (Chicago) to explore her small-town roots and spend time with her long lost family.  It was an incredibly enjoyable, quick read that was peaceful and relaxing.  I’m struggling a bit to review this one.  I really don’t have anything particularly special to say about this book, but I loved it.  This is a beautifully written realistic novel about life in a small-town and rediscovering one’s self.