Reviews – November 2007

11 11 2007

What’s up world? I thought that I would give you all some reviews of good books I’ve read lately and good music I’ve listened to.

Book list:

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel: One of the wildest tales I’ve ever read. This one has the power to change your life. Martel tells the story of Pi, a young Indian boy and zookeeper’s son who finds himself fighting for his life in the Pacific Ocean in a life raft with an adult female orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, a hyena, and a 450 poun bengal tiger. Nuff said…

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Besides being an out of nowhere first time novelist success story and global phenomenon, this is one of the most heartwrenching novels I’ve read in years. The story of Amir and his best friend Hussein, two boys growing up in Afghanistan before the Russian invasion, this one has it all: action, betrayal, love, friendship, heartbreak, and loss. Like my man Elliot Yamin sings in his song One Word: Amazing.

The Side Effect by Bob Reiss : This one is a fast paced political thriller about ex-FBI agent Mike Acela, and his fight against time to understand the mysterious circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide of his boss a CEO of a major pharma company. Although the beginning was a bit slow, the story picked up and then galloped along at a break-neck pace. Great holiday read or airplane read.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult : First of all, I must commend Ms. Picoult for her courage in taking on a subject of this magnitude. The story deals with the nineteen minutes it takes for high school shooter Peter Houghton to kill ten classmates and injure nineteen others before he is caught. But it’s much bigger than that. This is a tale of revenge, hurt, friendship, parent-child relations, guilt, love, hate, and justice. She wrote this one so well that other writers better think twice before they even think about writing on this topic.

Music Box:

I am by Chrissette Michele: Yes. She’s the owner of that VOICE on Jay-Z’s Lost One’s, and yes. Chrissette Michele is a voice to be reckoned with. Clearly a throwback to more soulful times, throughout 13 tracks she spins a beautiful web tinged with up tempo songs and beautiful ballads like Your Joy. A very different sound but welcome all the same.

Finding Forever by Common: Common made me a fan with his last album Be. Before then, I had always thought of him as this abstract rapper who was more spoken word poet than hard core lyricist. But with The Corner, he slapped some sense into me and the slapping continues with this latest disc. I’ve already listened to this album at least twenty times straight through because sonically it is the album of the year. Kanye West and the other producers like Will.I.Am. from the Black Eyed Peas are blacking out with the beats and Common has never sounded hungrier, his metaphors never clearer.

Graduation by Kanye West: There’s a reason why the college dropout beat the shit out of 50 Cent. He just outsmarts, outslicks, and out produces the world’s biggest rapper. What he lacks in lyrical content, he more than makes up for with crazy beats, great hooks, and honesty. Album of the year material for sure.

Get Back by Little Brother: The underdogs of rap are back with an incredibly cohesive 3rd album. Big Pooh and Fonte are still trying to bring hip hop back from the dead even without the help of superproducer 9th Wonder. All in all, I think they succeed. This is another superb album sonically.

That’s it for now folks. Check these joints out, you will thank me later.