The Book Corner

I just finished another good book.  It’s an older book that was passed on to me by my good friend, Sandy.  Excuse me while I digress, but isn’t passing on books that you have read similar to the music file sharing that we hear so much about?  I happen to agree that artists, including horse show photographers, should be compensated for their talents resulting in something that we can enjoy.  (I think that our very talented horse show photographers should be compensated every time that their creation is used, either as hard copy or electronically.)  So why hasn’t anyone made a big deal about passing books around?  The authors are not being compensated by the next person who reads and enjoys their creation.  I heard on NPR (National Public Radio) last week that there is a new electronic device that will replace the paperback in 5 to 10 years.  I wonder if that will put an end to passing books around.

Now back to the book I started to tell you about.  The title is Snow Wolf  by Glenn Meade.  It was published in 1995 by St. Martin’s Press.  It is a spy novel that tells a fictional story about the assassination of Joseph Stalin in 1953 by CIA operatives.  It’s a real page-turner with a couple of clever twists.  (I love twists that I never see coming.)  I was not yet born in 1953 and I don’t really know anything about Stalin or the way he died.  I surmised from this book that he had more people exterminated than Hitler did and that he died of natural causes, ie, a cerebral hemhorrhage according to the official version.  Apparently there are some inconsistencies in the facts that lead the author to create this story.  I highly recommend it for those times when you just need a break from your tax forms.

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