Homeland – Season 1 is now at the Carnegie library. This Showtime program swept the Emmy’s for 2012, winning Best Drama, Best Director, Best Leading Man - Damien Lewis, Best Leading Lady – Clare Danes, Best Writing and all kinds of other awards besides. If you don’t get Showtime, you can see what all the fuss is about by renting the first season on DVD.
The “beautiful mystery” referred to in the title is sung music know as plain chant or Gregorian chant. It is the earliest notated music in history, sung beginning in the 5thand 6thcentury. It is still being sung in monasteries and convents around the world. It is in one of those monasteries, deep in the North Woods of Québec where the murder in this mystery occurs. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is sent t
Ship Breaker is a bleak look at a dystopian future. Almost all the oil in the world has been consumed and global warming has drowned most sea-coast cities and spawns “city-killer” hurricanes. Huge corporations run the world and Chinese “red cash” is the most desirable currency. The world has also tinkered with genetic manipulation and much of the fighting is done by “half men”, a combination of men, tigers and dogs.
I haven’t previously read the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, although his fans I’ve talked with are extremely loyal and eagerly grab each new installment as it hits the shelves. Then I met him at a recent mystery conference and he seemed so intelligent, I decided to give the series a try. I started with The Enemy, because although it wasn’t written first, it is the earliest in the fictional life of Jack Reacher.
This is one book that made me laugh out loud several times. If you were ever a “Star Trek” fan (in any of its iterations) you will enjoy it too. The protagonist is Ensign Andrew Dahl, has just been posted to the flagship of the Universal Union, the Intrepid. He is assigned to the Xenobiology Lab and quickly discovers whenever Captain Abernathy or the Chief Science Officer enter the lab, his mates disappear. When he presses them for an explanation, they relucta