Sunday, June 26, 2016

Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles, #1)Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a marvelous book. Jeffrey Archer is a magnificent story teller and I was enthralled from page one. The setting, characters and story unfold in front of you and become more interesting as you read. It is such a wonderful glimpse at life in England before WWII. Knowing that this book is part of a series of six made it even more fun to read. I can't wait to tackle the next one. This is a great book!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Dishonorable Intentions (Stone Barrington #38)Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stuart Woods could not write enough books to satisfy me. This one is just like the others, great, unbelievable situations. Food, women and wine! Wonderful settings with characters that seem to get better with each iteration. I don't pretend this is great mystery or fabulous literature, it is just pain fun to read. Can't put it down.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Black Out (Inspector Troy, #1)Black Out by John Lawton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to love this book. I only liked it. Parts of it seemed confusing and yet, in the end I realized that John Lawton has constructed a complex, convoluted story that left a lot of future for the characters. A bit wordy at times, his style often led me astray. On the plus side, I think I could smell the characters he made them come to life so well. Will I read more. Probably after a respite from the war.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Amazing Nylon-string Acoustic-electric!

Just to update this, I've returned it and replaced it with a little more substantial guitar. This one was pleasant to play but the sound was uneven across the full range. When plugged in some of the strings were substantially louder than others. I believe the problem is that the pickup under the saddle was designed for a narrower string spread. That's why you shop at reputable dealers with great return policies.

My new guitar for fiddling around is slightly smaller and far more slender than a typical classical guitar, Ibanez's GA35TCE is really a pop nylon-string acoustic-electric. The back and sides made from mahogany and a solid spruce top balances gives it deep and rich low end with an even balance tones at the other end.  My favorite guitars have been spruce and mahogany. 

I bought it to play on the couch while watching tv but it has a very natural feel. The body is very thin, not like a classical at all. All though it looks normal its actually smaller than most classics. Its a tiny bit bigger than a Les Paul.

It has a sweet tone and is very easy on the shoulder and fingers.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #11)The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book I read for my book club. I enjoyed it. It is the eleventh in a series and the characters are rich but somewhat glossed over. I believe that reading the early books might have made this a more rewarding experience.
The story is interesting and intriguing. At least one of the characters was a real person and the main plot is certainly based on events that did happen in one form or another. Not to spoil the plot, this is the kind of book where fact and fiction come together in an exciting and interesting story.
Louise Penny is quite an author, the story line never quits but occasionally gets bogged down in the milieu. Oops, now that I think about it she might have been a master at setting the stage and the environment for the story... Bravo!

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