books about: sebastian
A Week in December
Living In An Alternate Reality
Sebastian Faulks is nothing if not ambitious. In his latest book, a sweeping and piercing satire about contemporary London, Mr. Faulks takes on everything from the financial meltdown and the profusion of silly book awards to shockingly offensive reality TV, cyber porn, London football, and, for good measure, Islamic radicalism. The good news is, for the most part, he succeeds admirably. ...
Don't Miss This Book
Quite simply, the author engages the reader and keeps them turning the page to find out what happens next. His research and subsequent dialogue are intertwined into the story beautifully. Dont miss this book.
When Gods Die: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
Intriguing, Exciting, and Enjoyable
In June 1811 Prince George of Wales was named Regent of Great Britain. While celebrating in Brighton shortly before his ascension, a young woman is found dead in his apartments. The Prince can't remember how she got there, much less how she came to have a daggar in her back. Did the Prince kill her? Why? To help clear His Highness' name, Detective Jarvis hires Viscount Devlin, Sebastian St ...
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty
journey through life
I was hesitant to read this book despite the recommendation of a friend and despite the accolades written here. How foolish. Reading this book was like sinking into a great mattress. I was near hypnotized by the beauty of the text which simply flowed. At times I was so overcome that I had to put the book down, the sadness of it all is wrenching. But never is the book depressing or is it ...
More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite
Penguin Press HC, The
Wonderful trading insight
If you have read books like "stock Market wizard" and still feel that you don't have good idea how those people made so much money, this book is for you. Initially, I thought this book was just another hedge fund book without much substance. However, the author beautifully explains the trading methodologies of these star traders(and also their misses)- I was blown away. The author's insight into ...
The Secret Scripture: A Novel
Barry's Brilliant Best
Sebastian Barry is better known as a playwright and excellent one at that. His novels, if anything, are better. The Secret Scripture follows themes and characters from three earlier books which are helpful but not essential to know. In this, the fourth, he has fulfilled the promise and resolved all the themes of the early works. With the main perspective of a 100 year old woman, Barry portrays ...
Left Behind: Latin America and the False Promise of Populism
University Of Chicago Press
The political and economic history of Latin America has been marked by great hopes and even greater disappointments. Despite abundant resources?and a history of productivity and wealth?in recent decades the region has fallen further and further behind developed nations, surpassed even by other developing economies in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. In Left Behind , Sebastian Edwards explains why the nations of Latin America have failed to share ...
Excellent writing, a poignant book
I bought and read "Fire" a few years back when it was first published, and I have to say that every piece in this book was worthwhile. From the introduction -- by all means read the introduction and his experiences as a tree cutter -- to the final piece about Afghanistan, there is so much that is poignant. Junger is a terrific writer, the real deal.
A Long Long Way
A Long Long Way is a searing story of World War I horrors as seen through the eyes of Irish Private Wiliam Dunne
General William Tecumseh Sherman said it best: War is hell! Sebastian Barry, the brilliant Irish novelist takes on us a harrowing tale of hellfire in the trenches of Belgium in "A Long Long Way" his Man Booker nominated novel. Willie Dunne is a simple Dublin lad in love with Gretta a poor girl. His father is a policeman who battles the IRA and Sinn Fein in the streets of Dublin. Willie has ...
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War
Powerful, Evocative, Searing
I absolutely love this book. Ravishing love story, devastating war story, all the soaring heights and depths of great drama, yet written in a way that deliberately underplays the emotion and lets the events speak on their own. Absolutely masterful and memorable.
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
W. W. Norton & Company
The Best Biography I've Ever Read on Herr Bach!
Reading this biography, I found out even more about the Master than I had ever read about before from other sources! Mr. Wolff is to be congratulated for his efforts in brining more facts to light about "old" Bach. His writing sets up the atmosphere in which Bach and his predecessors and descendants lived and worked in. You can almost see and hear all the activity of Bach's father's house when he ...
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
W. W. Norton & Company
beautiful competent storytelling
I relish the style of competent, detailed, unembellished storytelling that Junger does in this work. Precise factual descriptions of the circumstances, facts, and action of the fishing boat caught in a gale bring this to concrete life in a way that makes a vision more palpably real than the well known film on the same topic. I liked the film in its own right but this book is something ...
Sebastian (Ephemera, Book 1)
Gorgeously written fantasy/romance.
A friend lent me her copies of Sebastian and Belladonna after we had trawled a bookstore looking for good fantasy. I'd tried to read the first book in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series several years ago and couldn't get into it, so I was a little wary of the Ephemera books. She agreed that Black Jewels wasn't her cup of tea, either, but she said that she loved the Ephemera series, so I decided ...
What Remains of Heaven: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 5
Some Secrets are Better Left Unsaid
When we left Sebastian St Cyr at the conclusion of "When Mermaids Sing", he had solved a series of murders with the help of Miss Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his adversary, Lord Jarvis. He was also beginning to patch up things with his father, the Earl of Hendon, over the discovery of the Earl's daughter Kat. "What Remains of Heaven" picks up a few months after the other one left off, and we find ...
Engleby (Vintage International)
"But I can hardly remember what it felt like. It's like everything that happens to you. It doesn't feel real." Michael Engleby
Sebastian Faulks gives us a very powerful novel. Engleby is an interesting character. He is well educated and smart. However, he lacks social skills and he is very opinionated. He has had an abusive father and emotionally distant mother. He also had abuse of his peers as a child in boarding school. He makes it to Cambridge on a scholarship where he becomes obsessed with a girl that later goes ...
What Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 1
Love this series
I really enjoy the rich detail and fast paced action in this book. The whole series is very good. I love historical fiction and this book and series are up there as some of my favorites! I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read, who loves history, and enjoys mystery and romance.
Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorized Autobiography (P.S.)
A WALTZ ON THE WILDE SIDE
Sebastian said at US Customs, "I have nothing to declare but Oscar Wilde's genius." They wouldn't let him into the country. Read this book, and you'll find plenty of genius--Oscar Wilde's that is. Horsley, or more appropriately, Whoresley, is irreverent, illogical, and funny as all get out. Put down that yellow lilly, and pick up this book.
The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives
The Fatal Englishman : Three Short Lives
This book is definitely worth the read. It traces the lives of 3 individuals. All live life to the full, with passion and ambition. What they have in common is not only their passion and ambition in life but that they all die young. It is an inspiring read to see what they overcame and accomplished in their quest for happiness and perfection in their life space. Read it.
Why Mermaids Sing: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 3
Another thrilling story
When reading individual books in a series, the danger is always there that each book will not live up to the last. If anything, I enjoyed this, the 3rd book in the series, even more than the past two. The mystery itself is filled with tension and kept my interest. However, it was developments in our hero's personal life which were both surprising and satisfying. I don't want to give anything away ...
A Death in Belmont (P.S.)
one of the best
Unbelievable Boston Strangler Work programs for poor people Southern guy in the North Convicted on Nov. 22, 1963 in Boston of murder Dukakis 's work release program and the convict Work done on author's house Picture at your own house of the Boston Strangler And they are all casually mixed in this brew Stephen King could not make this up. I listened to the audio tape
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