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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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Glass Houses
Louise Penny
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Irving Stone
7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life
Mary C. Neal, M.D.
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis
Night over Water - Ken Follett, George Sharpe If you've become interested in Ken Follett for his historical research & period accuracy, this novel will most likely not interest you. Night Over Water reads more like a romance novel than historical fiction. I had been expecting more plot line regarding the war, not the pairing up of airplane passengers as everyone on board decides to have sex with someone they just met. There is something of a mystery going on throughout the novel of just who for and why Eddie needs to bring down the plane, but the end is anti-climatic, farfetched, and just not very exciting. I found most of the female characters detestable - especially Diane who is supposedly desperately wanted by everyone she encounters. As usual, the least comfortable part of the book are Follett's sex scenes which vary between uncomfortable, forced sounding, and ridiculous. I really wish this author would use more of a closed door approach to these moments - sometimes less really is more.