Definitely a Page Turner
This is one of those books that you just can’t put down. I read this one in record time. It centers around the discovery of a meteorite at the North Pole that contains, what appears to be, exterrestrial life. Just judging by the title of the book you can determine that there is a ruse going on. And those that stumble onto the deception must be eliminated.
The action is fast-paced and the characters are extremely intriguing! I especially liked the scientists when they are so into themselves as being right that they just discount anyone that questions their analyses. Additionally, like the title also implies, not all the characters are what you think they are!
I would have rated this higher except that some of the escapes/rescues got so unbelievable that they insulted the reader’s intelligence.
Some reviewers are paranoid
I can’t believe that a couple of reviews have mentioned that the book is biased against Republicans. I don’t believe any party in mentioned in the book. Is it just that some people are so paranoid that they automatically think the “bad” politicians are supposed to be Republicans?
rating: 5 out of 5
The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Charming, Warm, Wonderful Characters
I don’t know how anyone could fail to love the Mma Ramotswe novels of Alexander McCall Smith. Mma Ramotswe and her fiancé, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, are such lovable people and Smith’s writing is so fluid and beautiful that the books in this series really transcend the mystery genre. Of course, unlike most conventional mysteries, the Mma Ramotswe series concentrates more on character than it does on mystery and therein, I think, lies its enormous success.
In THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE, Mma Ramotswe really only has one case: she’s hired by a wealthy woman, who, like Mma Ramotswe, was blessed with girth rather than height, to investigate her five suitors, which Mma Ramotswe does in her typically humorous and no nonsense fashion. But that’s just the spine of the story. Much more happens in the book and it’s every bit as interesting as Mma Ramotswe’s detective work.
If anyone has stayed away from this series of books because they’re set in Botswana, they’re making a huge mistake. These books portray the universality of human behavior, not their differences. And, they’re filled with so much warmth and gentle humor it would, I think, take a cold-hearted person not to fall in love with the characters and want more.
Smith lavishes as much love and care on his secondary characters as he does on his primary ones, all to the book’s credit. Mma Makutsi plays an enlarged role in this book, experiencing one heartbreaking event as well as one dream come true. Mma Potokwane is also featured as she contemplates writing a book and attempts to sort out the marriage plans of Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni.
THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE is a warm, wise, witty book told with, above all, plenty of heart. Authors wanting to learn how to create wonderful, engaging characters can learn a lot from Alexander McCall Smith and this wonderful series of books. Readers can gain hours of pleasure with wonderful people they’d love to know and spend time with in real life. I don’t think a book can earn much higher praise than that. It’s really wonderful to see well-written, charming books filled with warmth, humor and humanity reach the bestseller list. It restores my faith, at least partially, in the book buying public.