Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Silent Honor

Silent Honor by Danielle Steel is a historical romance novel that tells the story of Hiroko, a young Japanese girl who travels to America to go to school during World War II. Of course, once the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and things begin to get out of control in regards to Japanese Americans and visitors to America like her, she is unable to return home. This is the story of how Hiroko and her Japanese American family survive the Japanese internment camps and learn to deal with the horrors of war.

On top of the historical aspect of the story, there is, of course, a love story involved. Hiroko's love is a handsome American professor named Peter Jenkins who is able to see beyond the anger that is caused by the war between their countries and truly love shy and sweet Hiroko. The story goes from Japan to America and back again and is full of the romantic moments that Danielle Steel is well known for.

Overall, I found Silent Honor to be a rather good romance novel. Sexual scenes were not graphic but were written in a sweet yet sensual manner that many readers might enjoy. While some of the characters were rather cookie cutter and not very deep, they were still enjoyable to read about. In addition, the historical aspects of the novel really caused a lot of interest for me. I would definitely recommend this book to a reader who wanted a light and sweet historical romance novel that kept the sexuality to a tasteful level.

Book Information
Title: Silent Honor
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Dell, September 3, 1997, $24.95
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0440224051
Genre: Romance

The Strain

The Strain begins with a mysterious occurrence. A large, Boeing 777 has landed safely at JFK International Airport but all power has died immediately upon that landing thus stranding the airplane on the runway. No one is able to contact the passengers on board and foul play is suspected. Enter Eph Goodweather, a worker for the CDC who runs the rather secretive Canary Project, an offshoot which works to control contagious disease and biological terror threats.

The story quickly turns from eerie to terrifying as all but four of the passengers on board are found dead and completely drained of blood. The mystery continues as autopsies are done and each of the dead passengers has a strange tiny cut located somewhere on their bodies. Although some form of a disease is still suspected, things begin to get strange when the four survivors of the mysterious occurrence on the plane begin to experience strange cravings for human blood while their bodies begin to evolve into something terrifying and strange.

Involved throughout the story is a man named Abraham Setrakian who has a connection to the monster who the reader comes to find has caused this terror. Things get even worse once (with the help of Abraham) Eph discovers that a vampire known as "The Master" has infected all of the passengers and turned them into a strange zombie/vampire hybrid that must do The Master's biding and change as many people as possible. Eph, Abraham, and a few others must try to fight against The Master and the minions he has created in order to save the world and the fight is clearly not going to be an easy one to win.

Overall, I enjoyed The Strain and found it to be quite a vivid and interesting take on vampires. After seeing the strange ways in which vampires have been portrayed in recent fiction, this is like a breath of fresh air in which the authors are not afraid to have incredibly violent and ancient vampires which are truly monstrous. I would recommend this novel to a horror reader who is not afraid of quite a bit of gore and violence but still loves an excellent story. This is truly a unique take on vampires and although I am not personally a big reader of horror, I will definitely be picking up the sequels to The Strain once they become available.

Book Information
Title: The Strain
Authors: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Publisher: William Morrow, June 2, 2009, $26.99
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0061558238
Genre: Horror

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Readers Annotations

Since I am always rather prolix when I write, I find that annotations will be difficult for me to get used to writing. Nevertheless, it will be a fun challenge to keep a book description limited to only one or two sentences!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An Introduction

Hello! My name is Erika Rowshan and this is my second semester in the SLIS program. I graduated last May with a BA in English from Saint Joseph's College up in tiny Rensselaer, Indiana and while I loved the smallness of my undergraduate college, I have really enjoyed the resources that come along with going to a much larger school.

I have not had a lot of library working experience thus far (although I am trying very hard to find something related to libraries or books for a job at the moment). My only working experience in a library was way back in high school where I worked as the high school librarian's assistant during certain class periods. I truly believe that working with my high school librarian is what inspired me to come to IUPUI (she graduated from IU) in order to get my degree in library sciences. I have thought long and hard about career options and I really believe that librarianship is the perfect career for me! I am leaning more and more towards public librarianship although I am not sure exactly where in the library I would like to work quite yet.

I currently work as a server at Red Lobster (which stinks considering the fact that I hate seafood). Other than my job, I am living with my boyfriend of three and a half years in the Yorktown/Muncie area and both of us are really considering moving closer to Indianapolis together soon simply because it would be a lot easier for me to be closer to campus and because he is trying to find a graphic design job in the Indianapolis area. We live with our two cats, Elwood and Abbey and although I never was able to own cats growing up (the rest of my family is allergic) I absolutely cannot imagine a life without cats now!

While I am not working, I enjoy reading (my favorite genre being historical fiction), writing, singing, playing video games, and simply relaxing as much as possible. A few of my favorite things (in no particular order) are: ballet flats, vanilla coke, sweets that are not chocolate, video games, books, different yummy flavors of lib balm, and bubble baths.

I am excited about this class for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I love to read and I really look forward to experiencing a lot of books that I have not read before. Secondly, I think this class will help me out a lot when it comes to helping future patrons find books that they will enjoy. I really want to help spread a love of reading around and I hope that through this class, I will be better prepared to do this. And finally, I am hoping that through this class, I might be able to narrow down exactly where I would like to work in a library setting in the future. Hopefully by experiencing more literature from the adult side of things and learning about how to work with adults in finding what they are searching for, I will have a better idea of where I might fit in at a library one day. :)

As stated above, my favorite genre of book would have to be historical fiction. I had a history minor in college and have always had a love for history in general so I find the mixture of fiction and history to be quite enjoyable. I am also a fan of classical works of fiction particularly from the "Gilded Age" of literature. One of my favorite classic novels is The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. I've read it a number of times and I definitely plan on reading it again. I am currently in the process of reading about three different books at once (this is a habit that I have been doing for as long as I can remember). These books include The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, and The Historian (for the second time) by Elizabeth Kostova. I just finished reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and while it was definitely strange, I absolutely loved it and will probably read it again after I get it back from my sister! I am definitely looking forward to reading outside of my "comfort zone" so to speak and I hope that I can learn to love those genres as well!

Here's to a wonderful semester and happy reading for all!