Thursday, April 30, 2015
I always enjoy books by Neil Gaiman and so thought this would be fun. Joey Harker is a 15 year old boy who gets lost in a fog and ends up in another universe. He finds out there are many iterations of Joseph Harkers on other universes and they are all valuable to the bad guys.
It was an enjoyable little book and while I'm not desperate to read the next book in the series, I'm sure I will check it out at some point.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
The book is told from the perspective of Paul Lohman, who is meeting his brother, Serge, for dinner along with both their wives. At first we only know that Paul is dreading the dinner, we don't know why but we later learn that there was an incident involving the sons of both couples and they are meeting to discuss how to handle the situation.
This book is a thriller with an unreliable narrator. Look at the cover of the book, the scorched tablecloth does a nice job of portraying the feel of the book. We will be discussing this at the Downtown Library's book club in April. I can't wait for the discussion.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
If you enjoy humor, irony, are not easily offended and don't mind the f-bomb being dropped pretty frequently, then I'm pretty confident you will enjoy this tale. And if you are a fan of audiobooks, all the better, my friend. It is a HI-larious listen. One thing I particularly got a kick out of is that the "chorus" is a character in this book and the other characters get pretty ticked off with it by the end.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
“Night” is an autobiographical account of a teenage Elie Wiesel growing up during Nazi Germany. It is a terrifying story, in which, he struggles to survive alongside his father in a Nazi death camp. His fight for survival and sanity is a singular story, and the reader can empathize with his struggles to give a voice to those who did not survive.
The story begins with Wiesel, not unlike many teenage boys, dreaming of a future he imagines will soon be his. Unfortunately, his parents and siblings are living in a false belief of security while the world around them is drowning in chaos. As he retells his story, we learn what happens to him and his family on this unthinkable journey, and how he has spent a lifetime trying to make sense of the Nazi’s atrocities. He even questions the choices he had to make in order to survive.
This personal account is horrifying, unimaginable, and immensely sad. I read his story in one evening, and although I knew he had survived, there was so many of those he loved that did not.
“Night” is recommended by the Oprah Book Club as a must read. I recommend this book for anyone who loves to read the words of a truly remarkable author who bares his tortured soul with his readers.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Wow! This was a great thriller and I predict a crossover YA novel adults will enjoy as well. Boy Nobody is a well-trained killer. He receives his instructions, becomes the new kid in school, befriends another student, and within weeks, there is a tragic death in that student's life and their new best-friend had disappeared. But this time things are different. The target is New York's well-loved Mayor and Boy Nobody is sent to befriend his beautiful daughter. This is a tough assignment. "Sam" is not only beautiful, she is smart and Boy Nobody begins to have feelings, not just for Sam, but normal feelings. Like he is a normal teenage boy again. Like maybe he wants to change his life. But "The Program" has control over him...and they are watching.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The memoir alternates between "Then" which is Cumming's childhood and "Now" which was 2010, when he appeared on the BBC genealogy show "Who Do You Think You Are." The show focused on the mystery of Cumming's maternal grandfather, Tom Darling, who was a decorated WWII veteran, who never returned to his family after the war.
At the same time the BBC show was in production, Alan was dealing with a more recent family secret regarding his abusive father. This is a book of pain and more importantly recovery. I highly recommend this book.
My only regret with this book is that I am waiting for Spring thaw as I'm listening to "First Frost." It would have probably been a little more magical to listen in the Fall.
"First Frost" is a sequel to "Garden Spells." It picks up 10 years after "Garden Spells" returning us to Bascom, North Carolina and the Waverley sisters Claire and Sydney. Ahh, it's good to catch up with them again.