A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

#57. The Echo Maker

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

Pages: 451
Finished: Aug. 14, 2007
Reason for Reading: This is the Sept. read for the Pulitzer yahoo book group.
First Published: 2006
Awards: National Book Award
Genre: Literature
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

Cranes keep landing as night falls.

Recommend: Highly! This is an immensely powerful book! Simply staggering. At the core of this novel is a search for self. Who are we really? Are you who you think you are or are you who others think you are? The 3 main characters are all struggling to find their true self: Mark, a man who received a traumatic head injury in a car accident, his sister, whom he believes is an impostor and the famous neurologist who takes on the case.

I found the medical information about the brain and the case histories absolutely fascinating. As a fan of shows such as ER and House, this was right up my alley! I found myself relating to all the main characters and becoming fond of them all in different ways. On top of all this there is a riveting mystery story concerning the cause of the car accident. An extremely satisfying read!


  1. This sounds like an interesting book. I am still looking for a few more reads to complete my Book Awards Challenge. Might be a possibility!


  2. Sounds like a great book! I'm particularly interested as my oldest brother sustained a TBI 5 years ago.

  3. I have seen either "love it" or "hate it" reviews of this book. I have it as a challenge read and I hope I fall into the "love it" camp as you did.