Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Latest Read

Well finished the book called Princess and am anxious to get the other two books that will conclude the trilogy.

Started to begin Lipstick Jihad, but was given another book by my dad to read. My parent’s neighbor literally have their own Borders bookstore and DVD theater of which is always at my parents’ disposal. The neighbors know how much my dad likes mysteries, so lent him the book called
Absolute Power by David Baldacci. My dad told me the book caught him from the very beginning and held his attention the entire time. In fact, for a man that can't sit still longer than 5 minutes, he found himself not wanting to put the book down. So, since this book belongs to the neighbors of my parents I decided I better read it first and return it sooner rather than later.

Well, I'm only on page 16 and I had to put the book down because I found myself having difficulty breathing because indeed the book grabs you right from the beginning. So far it's about a 60 something year old man that's a professional burglar. He's carefully planned out robbing this grand estate in Virginia and is now inside the house. Not of course without carefully calculating how to disarm the alarm which made me nervous. LOL Ridiculous I know---hoping the bad guy doesn't get caught---but truth be told I was holding my breath. Now he's inside carefully making his way up to the master suite and sees this full-length mirror, which he knows is a vault. He manages to get inside the vault to gather all the goods from within, and hears a vehicle drive up the driveway. He quickly resets the alarm to the house and then closes himself inside the vault. He's located a remote control inside the vault, which will allow him to escape once everyone leaves the house. (Still barely breathing.)

He crouches behind a chair inside the vault, which he knows if the people of the house open the vault he'll be easily seen behind the chair, but hides nonetheless. He figures there are 3 to 5 people who have come into the house. Now coming up the stairs towards the master bedroom where he is located 3 people enter the room, a man, a drunken woman, and a business-sounding woman. The business-sounding woman leaves the room leaving the other two. All of a sudden a burst of light hit the burglar right in the eyes and he almost gasped at the suddenness of his little world going from inky black to broad daylight. After not hearing any screams, seeing no faces or hearing any guns he peered around the chair he was hiding behind to discover the vault door seemed to have disappeared-he was staring right into the room. He recognized the people in the room, and quickly realized they could not see him as the vault door was a one-way mirror. (Reminding myself to breath.) The burglar decides to sit in the chair and wait things out until he can safely escape the house.

At this point I had to put the book down, so I could recapture my breath before going in for more. One of my reading downfalls is that I can totally get into the scene of whatever is being written as if it's happening personally to me. Great for escaping everyday reality once in awhile, but inauspicious when one is worried for a burglar being caught....LOL


Happymoi said...

I'll put it in my list to purchase, to read!
Sounds ineteresting but i must say that, feeling worried for a theif getting caught is worrisom!!
lol do u think every reader goes through this? could it be the way it was written,
maybe it was put in a way to make readers feel connected to the theif more so then other characters?!!

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Happymoi,
I agree that so far it's meant for the readers to connect with the "bad guy". Not sure if you read the Amazon link I connected with the book, but figured you might get a kick out of it from the legal standpoint.

Brave Heart said...

i have suggestion, i have many books to read in the uni, what if i send them to u, and give me the conclusion at the end ;)

ibeebarbie said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh Brave Heart and take away all your fun! What kind of friend would I be if I did that?

Besides, what type of degree would I be earning by reading these books? :-)

Brave Heart said...

the degree is dua by arabic Rahmt Waldeen رحمة والدين
in english May Allih Forgive your parents

Mixed Up Me said...

Love the new Header!!!!

PH said...

I was reading your post and thinking I've seen this before .... where have I seen it ? ..... then I remembered it has been made into a movie by Clint Eastwood starring him ... I've always thought watching the movie is better than reading the book ....... :D


Anglo-Libyan said...

like ph, I have heard of the movie but not the book.

enjoy your reading and your parents are lucky to have that neighbour, how nice :o)

nice mermaid, very artistic

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Brave Heart, Then I will gladly read your books. :-)

Hi Mixed Up Me,
Thanks, but I cannot take credit for this uploaded picture. I now have poachers remorse. I saw it on my friend's myspace page and decided to copy it, which isn't bad in itself but I didn't ask. :-(

Salam PH,
Did you like the movie? And not compared to reading a book as I know reading doesn't seem to be a favorite past time to most. :-)

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
My friend saw the movie and said it was great. She also concluded it kept you right on the edge of your seat. :-)

Thank you for the comment on the artist mermaid.

PH said...

Yes, the movie was great like your friend mentioned ....

"I know reading doesn't seem to be a favorite past time to most. :-)

What do you mean .....???? ( a very insecure person :)))) )

Nah actually I read a lot; but I gave up on novels a long time ago plus movies are a new form of Books and they are more efficient time-wise, even though books allow your imagination to flow ... but we're to old for that now :P.


ibeebarbie said...

Salam PH,

"What do you mean .....???? ( a very insecure person :)))) )" - I really doubt this statement. LOL

I agree movies are more efficient time-wise, but not the part of being "to old for that now :P." LOL Speak for yourself mister.....LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Alone in Tripoli said...

I've seen the movie too, and I liked it a lot too.
I don't believe you can actually get "too old" to read books, well the only exception would be when you're so old your eyes simply can't see the book even through a 1cm thick pair of glasses :)
I love movies as well, so it's all good.

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Alone in Tripoli,

YIPPIE! A guy that reads. Whew! I was beginning to get nervous that reading was a lost art for me, but you cleared that theory up for me. :-) Good job!

My dad said he just saw the movie which he thought was also good, but preferred the book better.