Friday, September 29, 2017
Norse Mythology is the retelling of many stories about Odin, Thor, Loki and more. Pretty much all I knew about Norse Mythology I learned from movie trailers. Neil Gaiman filled in my knowledge gap with his entertaining stories about the Norse gods.
Recommended for anyone who likes Neil Gaiman or mythology.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Jane, Unlimited focuses on Jane, who has just dropped out of college after her aunt/guardian's death. While working in the campus bookstore, she runs into her former tutor, the wealthy Kiran Thrash. Before she died, Jane's Aunt Magnolia made her promise that if she was ever invited to Tu Reviens, Kiran's eccentric island home, she would go. When Kiran invites her to a gala her family hosts every year at their house, Jane remembers her promise, packs her things, and goes, and in the process steps into a half dozen mysteries.
Jane must choose which mystery she wants to unravel, and it is that decision that unlocks unlimited possibilities, including quantum mechanics, missing stepmothers, sentient houses, talking dogs, art theft, spies, carefully constructed artistic umbrellas, miniature velociraptors, and pirates dressed like sad clowns.
It is weird, and it is wonderful.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
She goes to Cornwall to visit her grandfather and stumbles on an abandoned manor house and a 70 year old mystery.
The novel weaves between 1911, the early 1930s and 2003. A story of war, tragedy and suspense unfolds. Quite the satisfying read.
Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith by Judith Valente, 181 pages
This is a memoir of Judith Valente's time at the monastery with the sisters, and her struggles to be a better person.
It was a lovely little read and I really do need to visit someday . . .
Monday, September 18, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Beartown is a dying town deep in a forest and they have one point of pride - the hockey club and its various teams. Something bad happens to someone and the aftermath threatens to destroy the club and the town.
Yowza, this was brutal and powerful. Racism, rape, bullying and peer pressure are all explored. I loved this in a whole different way from my normal awe of Fredrik Backman. We have this in print, ebook and on audio at the library, and if I have my way we'll have it as a book club selection soon too.
In this outing they are trying to find an island stolen from Knights' friend, Wayan Bagus, a Buddhist monk. It turns out the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service, in particular, might have something to do with the island's theft and later disappearance.
The book never really caught my attention, but I slugged through. I think Evanovich might have phoned this one in from her own tropical island escape.
Friday, September 8, 2017
I listened to this on audio read by Bronson Pinchot. It was wonderful.
Joe has gone to the same school since Kindergarten. For most of that, he's been pretty miserable. He has been picked on and struggled with a learning/hearing difference. Fifth grade is looking even less promising than any other now that his mother has taken a job as lunch monitor. As if this wasn't all bad enough, his only two friends moved away. The coolest kid in class finds delight in tormenting Joe.
This story spans just the first week of school for these two boys. If they recognize they have a common enemy and learn to appreciate one another, it might work out.
This was such an amazing story. I loved the two main characters and really enjoyed listening to it on audiobook. Chapters alternated between the two boys' perspectives and handled both of them wonderfully. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes real life stories.