Archive for June, 2012

The 500 by Matthew Quirk

June 28, 2012


People make the allusion to The Firm when they describe this book and its main character Mike Ford’s journey through the DC consulting firm at the center of the story — but I feel that in this time of all-time low opinions of Washington its a far more resonate story. You’ll enjoy the fast-paced action, crisp writing, and compelling story.  I had a hard time putting this down and will be on the look-out for Mr. Quirk’s next novel.

Available as an audiobook on LIbby/Overdrive.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

June 28, 2012


This thriller had me guessing at every turn. Just when I began to form an opinion or believe I had it figured out, Ms. Flynn threw in a new twist. I loved it! The suspense and intrigue kept me guessing at every turn. I could not put this book down.  It was a roller coaster of mixed emotions throughout.  The ending will take you by surprise. If you love mysteries without the predictable storyline and ending, this one’s for you!

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In One Person, by John Irving

June 20, 2012

[Lesley] This is John Irving at his best — funny, insightful, honest. If you loved The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany, then you will probably like this one too. The characters are fully developed and the descriptions of small-town Vermont and the private boarding school are dead on. It’s hard to imagine another author handling the topics of gender and sexuality as naturally as Irving does here.

In One Person: A Novel by [John Irving]

Curiosity by Carly Rae Jepsen [music CD review]

June 13, 2012


CD music review: Curiosity

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen       Release date: 14 February, 2012

Fun, happy and just plain nice that is the musical style of the Canadian Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, her astonishing international hit “Call me maybe” has all the or rather all those qualities of mega hits of years before. Some have said that “Maybe” will be the song of the summer. I’d say it has a pretty good chance. In fact I’d say that by July it’ll be coming out of the water faucets.

Why? Well, Carly’s youthful and happy and All-American… sorry All-Canadian [or ought it to be All Canadiene?…] voice is plaintiff and crisp without being jaded. Well, at least not quite yet, although Ms. Jepsen does her best to try to be anguished. And she does pretty darn good, always good for a love song. Add to that impressive orchestration and arrangements that are so smooth and almost flawless that you hardly even notice it. That was no doubt the idea, yet it is more difficult than you can imagine.

Carly has gotten a lot of exposure by opening for “The Beibs” whilst on tour these last few months. No bad thing for any artist whatever you might thing of his ability. The fact remains is that he is staggeringly popular and speaks to people of a certain age. Before we become dismissive try to remember when you first heard Elvis or the Beatles, but I repeat myself… just please do not be dismissive until you have listened a few times. It is the happy-ness that impresses me. Ah, to be twenty-six again…

“Curiosity” displays this singers apparently folkish but not folky voice. I personally find it almost hypnotically attractive. That other “hit” on the CD is the one that really ought not to work. Yet if you are going to cover a song it might as well as not be the really good stuff. And it is. The delightfully different cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both sides now” who Ms. Jepsen by chance, or design, or both actually, bears more than a passing resemblance to must be heard to be believed. It is a genuine re-imagining by a new singer of and for a new generation. It is true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Will you like it? Maybe.

bill littlefield

11 June, 2012