Moving Targetby J. A. Jance is yet another great read in the Ali Reynolds’ series. Ali has her hands full helping her majordomo, Leland, make peace with his past in England; helping B. solve an ‘accident’ to a young boy that may not be such an accident AND getting ready for her wedding to B. Murder, arson, car crashes, kidnapping and nefarious computer hacking are all in this fast-paced story.
Her characters are complicated and attempt to do the right thing, although it doesn’t always work out at first. Jance does such a great job of showing you new views of technology including the Dark Net, things that I would never think about without her books. If you haven’t read Jance yet, pick one up today. Her stories are always compelling and pull you right in to the thick of the the action.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner are back to once again challange what we believe we know about economics, business, philanthropy, politics, and society in general with their latest novel Think Like A Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain. Levitt and Dubner set out to teach us how to think more creatively and more rationally in order to better solve problems. In order to do this you need to go back to thinking like a child and start admitting when you don’t know the answer so that you can discover the answer. Of course this is just the beginning to retraining your brain.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of their books, and this one was no exception. Levitt and Dubner are fantastic at showing you why to change as well as how to change. They take complex ideas and put them into terms that any “normal” person can read and understand. The authors keep the pace of the book moving right along so it never feels like a text book or dry subject. If you are just itching to know more about why people do and think like they do, then grab one of their books.
Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy had me drawn in from the very beginning. Angels are the main characters…teen angels. In Boundless, book three, we pick up with Clara attending Stanford with her partial-angel friends close-by, all of whom were drawn there to discover their Purpose. This is not so much a coincidence as their lives are so intertwined with Clara’s. Soon we find out what their purpose is and watch as Clara develops her powers and learns to control her Glory. This comes in handy when they find themselves in Hell and need to find their way back. An impossible task that has never been done. At the same time, Clara is trying to forget the boy she left behind…Tucker. Not so easy to do. I love Hand’s writing. Her characters come to life and the settings are so well written, you are transported to those places so effortlessly. I was entranced.