Friday, July 26, 2013
Friday Books: Two Reviews
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Glad my book club picked this; I would never have read it otherwise. The title and even the author suggest that it may be a western. It's not... although, in genre sense it fits into the "cowboy" mold. There's a good guy (sheriff), bad guys (zealous pastor and a town drunk), naively-trusting woman, a climactic event, and the fallout.
I liked the format which tells the tale through different characters' viewpoints. The story unfolds in an attention-grabbing way. My favorite character is Jess, an 8 year-old boy.
I was a little disappointed with the end, that is the actual last couple paragraphs at the end. Otherwise, it's a well-done book and a good read.
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
A plane crash results in two people being stranded on an island. It's kind of a "Castaways" story but with two people stranded rather than one.
Recommended by a friend, this was a good, quick read. The story kept my interest and was a page-turner. I liked it overall and found it entertaining and even thought-provoking. Perfect to read on vacation or when you want a story that'll grab you.
The second half grew a little weak, but overall it was entertaining enough that I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars.