Month: April 2013

Book 18 of 52: Fathermucker by Greg Olear

Another huge gap between books, I know. But marathon training is almost over and I hope I won’t be falling asleep with the light on every night.

Another reason why finishing the next book took so long: I wasn’t sure if I was going to hang with Fathermuckerby Greg Olear. I had the same issue with this novel as I had with Book 2 of 52, Truth in Advertising, the “wheeeee look at what I can do with these words!”

But instead of an advertising guy, here we have a stay at home dad. He has two children, Roland and Maude. Roland has Asperger syndrome, and it isn’t until Olear dives into the history of autism and Asperger, starting with when these children were thought to be demonized, that the novel settles down and gets on with it, and Fathermucker becomes less about an attempt to put dazzling words around parenting, but a story about a family that might be coming apart, and how they fit in with the other less than perfect families in town (no, I’m not giving it away, dear readers). The book is also about […]

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Book 17 of 52: Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich

I know it’s been a few weeks since I posted a review, and I’m even having a hard time believing I’ve gone this long since finishing a book for the blog, but I’ve been on the run – literally. I’m in the height of training for the New Jersey Marathon, and I’m exhausted. I’ve been falling asleep before 10 p.m. every night, and since I do most of my reading before I fall asleep, that leaves a lot less reading time.

I’m still…cranky with my reading material. I keep picking books and then changing my mind – one being a romance novel bought at CVS because my hotel mate decided to go to bed early, and since I was running the next day (Ocean Drive 10 miler), I couldn’t go out and drink. It worked in a pinch, but after five chapters, I just didn’t care enough anymore to follow through because the main character annoyed me.

I had started Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire–and How It All Came Crashing Down . . .by Ben […]

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