CephasWorld: Stuff I Like
The intersection of politics, faith, pop culture, and other surprises.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Friday, July 01, 2016
"Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley
A crackling, sharply written, thoughtful, nonstop thriller. The characters are nicely cast, the red herrings and surprises keep things moving, and the plot is fresh and timely. What more do you want from a thriller? I did occasionally have to struggle with the occasional hyper-realistic dialog that in print comes across as nonsensical at times, but appreciate Hawley's effort to make it life-like. Still, thoroughly enjoyable and ultimately satisfying. Read through Netgalley.com--book is now available. http://amzn.to/299wvp6
Sunday, June 05, 2016
The Last Days of Night, a novel by Graham Moore
I read this through NetGalley.com. The book will be published in September 2016.
This historical/scientific evidence/business thriller set in the late 19th century focuses on the battle over the burgeoning science of electricity waged between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla. The protagonist is a young attorney who is surprisingly hired by Westinghouse to battle Edison's 300+ suits against his company over the light bulb. The battle expands to encompass alternating versus direct current and goes on from there. And it is all fascinating and deftly told with compelling characters, almost all of whom are based on real people and real history. I understand a movie deal has already been struck, and I am looking forward to it. The author earlier wrote The Sherlockian, which I also enjoyed. Highly recommended.