book review

Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years by Dr. Michael Collins

I read this after reading  “Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs which was written after  “Hot Lights…”  so I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. It wasn’t  the best idea to read two books by the same author covering fairly similar territory, however I can still say “What a great book…what an awesome person.”

It’s people like Dr. Collins that we should be honoring  – people of merit –

not pop stars and airhead  celebrities who are famous without ever accomplishing anything.

Dr. Collins, the workaholics workaholic,  tackles some of the more complex ethical  and emotional situations doctors face such as the classic: the operation was a success but the patient died .  Instead of reading that line as a bad joke, the reader begins to understand the true implications.

Inspiring, funny and moving – this book has got it all.

Between these two books Dr. Collins has taken us on the journey all the way up to the moment he enters a prestigious and successful practice.  I hope he will write one more book detailing the years that follow and maybe explain  why a hairstylist who pays $11,000 a year for medical insurance still has to pay $153 out of pocket just to speak to a doctor. I mean that quite literally –  a five minute conversation, no examination, $153!


Mixed Blood by Roger Smith

Wow, Lee Child on steroids.   This debut thriller set in Capetown, South Africa rockets along. It grabbed me on the first page and though not a pefect book – it certainly was the perfect escape for me.

My biggest criticism is that all the loose ends are tidied in too pat a manner.

I look forward to Mr. Smith’s next novel.