Work Overload: Short Reviews

I’ve read a couple of good books lately and I wish I had more time to tell you all about them. Here’s brief summary:

  • Black Flies by Shannon Burke: This is the story of paramedic Ollie Cross and his first year on the job in Harlem. Expect to read about the worst of people in dark, spare language. To be a paramedic is to lose empathy. Cross and his partner cross some lines making a great read.
  • Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist’s Memoir by Daniel Tomasulo: Another good Graywolf book, Tomasulo writes linked essays about his life. Some are better than others. I absolutely hate the expression laugh-out-loud funny for some reason, but yet I did laugh at a few of the essays, particularly the one about accidentally beheading his daughter’s Ken doll in the car window on a roadtrip. Priceless.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: This is one of Knopf’s big books of the Fall. Apparently it was a huge international success, another of those Scandinavian mysteries that have become so popular. Too bad the author died after turning in three manuscripts. This one gets pretty good after the first few chapters where you’re not quite sure how the stories connect. There are a lot of twists and turns, some that I couldn’t foresee. It ended so maddeningly that I was glad to learn that it’s the first book in a trilogy. I’ll definitely being reading the next one.

One thought on “Work Overload: Short Reviews

  1. Simran

    The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo sounds like a great book. I had come to think that authors and poets of the 20th century had a far greater imagination than those of the twenty-first. Some of the greatest writers of that era for me are JRR Tolkien, who wrote the spell-binding and valiant series of fantasy books called Lord of the Rings, which he started conceptualizing in 1917, and CS Lewis who created a whole new world with his series- The Chronicles of Narnia in the years 1949-1953. Their creativity and brilliance continue to astonish me till date and no wonder their writing have been put to reel.
    In fact, Disney and Walden are coming up with the latest Narnia movie-Prince Caspian, this May 16th. It promises to be awesome by the looks of the trailer!! (Watch it here- http://www.disney.in/narnia)
    But after reading the Norvegian Out Stealing Horses and now this, I’m beginning to really like these Scandinavian authors. I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

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