Sunday, January 31, 2010

CBR Book#22: Teasing Secrets From the Dead by Emily Craig, Ph.D.

Emily Craig began her career as a medical illustrator. After dating a police officer, Craig became interested in forensics and crime scene investigations. She was able to assist in a facial reconstruction through her skill in sculpture. This got her interested in pursuing a new career as a forensic anthropologist and began attending University of Tennessee with the famed Dr. Bill Bass. After completing her education, Craig became the full-time forensic anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dr. Craig has been involved in identifying bones from human remains in such high profile cases as Branch Davidians in Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the World Trade Center after September 11th. She has also had hundreds of thousands of cases in her capacity as forensic anthropologist for Kentucky. You would think that all of this would make for an interesting book. You would be sorely mistaken, friend. SORELY.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CBR Book#21: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

The second book in the Sookie Stackhouse novels is a quick read and more interesting to me than the first was. Sookie and Bill's romance is not as convoluted and messy as portrayed throughout most of the first season of True Blood, the series based on the novels. There is less need for artificial melodrama or the introduction of characters that I couldn't give a shit about. There are also less boobs.

Monday, January 18, 2010

CBR Book#20: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

At last I have completed the last book of the Harry Potter series. I was both looking forward to and dreading reading The Deathly Hallows because I would finally know how it all ends and because it would all end. I had heard that more people died in the end of this one and I spent most of the book afraid of when someone was going to die. This is not to say that I did not enjoy the book, because I did, but it was an intense experience.

Monday, January 11, 2010

CBR Book#19: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

People seemed to be severely underwhelmed by the movie adaptation of Half-Blood Prince. As I hadn't read the book, I didn't know what I was missing when I finally watched the movie a week ago. Let me tell you, I was confused watching Half-Blood Prince. I didn't understand what the hell was going on, even though I had seen all of the previous movies and had just begun reading the book. Having finished the book, I must say I have a clearer understanding of the movie and its many flaws.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

CBR Book#18: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I enjoyed this installment of the Harry Potter saga more than I expected I would. Order of the Phoenix begins with Harry staying with the Dursleys and listening for any suspicious deaths on the news that would indicate Lord Voldemort is returning to his former power. Before Harry can hear anything about Voldemort, he is confronted with two dementors and must act quickly to save himself and his hated cousin, Dudley. Upon using his patronus to defeat the creatures, Harry finds he has been watched by people with ties to the magical world the whole time he has been on Privet Drive.