Inspired by several "favorite *B/DL stories" in the stories forums, I found myself intrigued and decided to start one for "normal" books to read. And to start this, I have two books to recommend - both are by the same author.
The first one is "Angels in the ER."
Angels in the ER cover shot
A brief description. In this book- essentially a collection of short stories, we follow along with a real doctor as he recounts his times in the emergency room of hospital. It covers his patient care, the fellow doctors and nurses he works/worked with, and how his profession and his personal beliefs go hand in hand.
What I liked about this book. It is essentially a quick read; meaning that if you have a few minutes or a half hour of free time while waiting for the bus, or an appointment you can read a few pages and not worry about forgetting what's going on.
This story also has a very surreal feeling to it, the characters are all too human to be anything but human. In this book, we see people at their best - and - worst; some are comedic, some are generally thought provoking, and some are plain old emotionally gripping.
The stories within the book also have a religious undertone to them; but it's not an in-your-face approach, instead, it's subdued and adds a defined flavor to the book. And even though I have my own beliefs, the wording and the style of the book has honestly made me open my eyes and really think about things that happen in life that can't been explained using science.
What I didn't like about this book. There is only one thing I wasn't really too fond of with this book. That a couple of the stories didn't feel resolved at their end. To me it seemed like something didn't get copied over from editing to printing.
Overall score. I'm going to give this book a solid 8/10. It was a good book with good cover art and inspiring quotes at the start of each chapter. But the unresolved stories are what kept it from getting a full 10/10. All in all, I highly recommend finding a copy and reading it.
The next book I recommend is "Angels and heroes: true stories from the front line."
Angels and heroes cover shot
A brief description. We follow along side the police, paramedics and fire department in tales of their daily watch. And in the process, we also see some of their more gripping stories that rarely gets told.
What I liked about this book. Just like the first book, this one is a collection of short stories that can be read in less than a week - even with off-and-on reading EG a few pages here, a paragraph there etc.
Again, the author of the book has created memorable characters that feel too human to be fictitious. From rookie cop that finds himself in a real pickle, to the long established firefighters that feel a common pain, the characters are believable.
And, just like in the first book, this one has a religious undertone to it, but it's not a punch in the face approach. Instead it adds a unique flavor to the book.
Now, in this book, the stories are more emotionally gripping. Some are comedic, some have an action feeling, and all have dramatic grip to them. But the very last story was a real tear-jerk-er. It was very symbolic and profound.
What I didn't like about it. The biggest issue I have with this book, (and it's more personal than professional) is that some of the stories strike too close to home.
Overall Score. I'm giving this book a solid 9/10. The stories felt complete from start to finish, the characters were uniquely human and it shows a different side to the police/fire/ems than what we see on a daily basis. It also gets a point or two for great cover art. All in all, this is a book I highly recommend you find a copy of and give it a try.
Now for the question: do YOU have a book or two you can recommend others read? If so please do feel free to share.