Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:31am
Library Associate Justin Pair shares his reading list with you
by Philipp Meyer
Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong -- a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.
When making the decision to read this book, I was in dire need of a good western novel. This definitely satisfied that need.
This book is long, but you are rewarded with very descriptive writing, an interesting story, and a satisfying ending.
|The Dog Stars
by Peter Heller
A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace. Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.
I selected this book because I wanted a typical dystopian novel. What I got was a dystopian novel, but with a different feel and vibe from others I have read before.
There is a dreariness and coldness you expect, but also a lot of warmth and good vibes to the book overall.
|Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large.
This is a extremely hot subject not only in the technology sector but also with everyday citizens. The phrase "big data" is thrown around a lot but often lacks meaning and context behind it.
This books helps clear up the confusion with real-world examples and explanations.
|Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Disgusted with modern American culture, Allie Fox takes his family to live in the jungles of Central America.
This is a very curious book. It can be very funny, disgusting, and scary in the same paragraph. It is well written, although there were a handful of times when reading the book that I felt like it could have ended sooner than it did.