This is a novella-length story about a woman who becomes inadvertently entangled with J.W., the quiet and mysterious leader of the Maniacs motorcycleThis is a novella-length story about a woman who becomes inadvertently entangled with J.W., the quiet and mysterious leader of the Maniacs motorcycle club.
As my first foray in this series, this installment was probably not the best place to start--I felt like there was context about the Maniacs that I was maybe missing, as I read. Although my understanding is that each story is a stand-alone piece....more
The Undying takes place in Paris, mostly on New Year's Day, after a supposed meteor strikes the earth nearly at the stroke of midnight the night beforThe Undying takes place in Paris, mostly on New Year's Day, after a supposed meteor strikes the earth nearly at the stroke of midnight the night before and wipes out all electronics with an EMP blast. Jeanie and Ben had arrived in Paris just the evening before, to celebrate New Years with their friends. Now they face finding their way to safety through the burning city, where they hardly speak the native language, they need to find their friends, and a dying scientist has told them they will likely only have mere hours before the air grows too hot for anyone to survive above ground. To make matters worse, the meteor seems to have brought something else with it, too. Something that stops the dead from dying. And makes them hunger for the flesh of the living.
This is a very cool take on both zombies (and maybe a little vampire thrown in there) and the apocalypse. The creatures remind me of those in I am Legend (the movie). The whole story is fast-paced and full of tension. ...more
Aftersight has an ensemble cast (with rotating point of view characters) between several young women who all find themselves (either suddenly or not sAftersight has an ensemble cast (with rotating point of view characters) between several young women who all find themselves (either suddenly or not so suddenly) the bearers of paranormal abilities. They are recruited by the low-key Waltham Academy for Psychic Sensitives, in Northwest England, whose not-so-public agenda is to hone the paranormal abilities of its students. The girls find themselves suite mates as they begin their studies at Waltham, learn more about their uncanny abilities, and stumble upon a new mystery about themselves and their connections to each other. That mystery culminates in an offsite, ghost-hunting assignment that turns out to be indelibly linked to their past—their past lives, that is. And the girls learn new things about themselves while also proving that they can use their newfound abilities to help others.
There were definitely moments of intense creepiness in this novel, where I asked myself, “Should I really be reading this in bed, right before going to sleep for the night?” But those moments never stepped over the line from creepiness to nightmare-inducing, for which I was glad. There was also some interesting creepiness in the histories of some of the girls. For example, Nicole has grown up always being able to see ghosts. When she was young, she believed that Santa Clause came to visit her. It was rather a shock when she discovered, as she came into puberty, that the man who had introduced himself as Santa Clause was really just an old, perverted ghost with a penchant for young girls. Eugh! But interesting to consider this possibility when you’re talking about young girls and ghosts. I like the ghostly immorality introduced here, and the way it was presented introduced a bit of humor into the story at that point. I was disappointed that we never got any chapters from Nicole’s point of view, and I look forward to reading an installment of the series primarily from her point of view in the near future, as she was one of my favorite characters.
I really liked the twist at the end, when we found out (view spoiler)[that Cali was actually the dead brother from their mysterious past life, not one of the girls. Which explains her strange attraction to Nicole, who was the reborn soul of his centuries-past lover. Tyson broke gender expectations as well by turning out to be one of the girls from that past life. I really liked the unexpected mixing up of the genders (hide spoiler)]. And I hope it will offer a lot of interesting relationship dynamics and conflicts for future installments of the story. At the end of the novel, there were still a lot of smaller story threads that I can’t remember receiving any explanation for, such as Becky’s mysterious episodes of visions and passing out. I can only assume these are potential plot lines for future books, and I’m interested to see where the story goes. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Chasing Waves follows the author as she first learns to surf, the resulting obsession, and the surfing adventures that subsequently lead her around thChasing Waves follows the author as she first learns to surf, the resulting obsession, and the surfing adventures that subsequently lead her around the world in search of great waves. This memoir reads more like a collection of short stories about her surfing adventures (albeit, in chronological order) than a cohesive narrative. I wish there had been a little more about how surfing fit into or affected her regular life. Instead, each chapter is only about the next surf expedition. Waeschle does a great job, though, of conveying both the awe and joy of surfing as well as the fear and imminent danger. Her story both made me want to surf and also made me never want to surf....more
This work of creative nonfiction is formatted as a diary, following the progress of nature, food, and life through a year in a remote town on the KitsThis work of creative nonfiction is formatted as a diary, following the progress of nature, food, and life through a year in a remote town on the Kitsap Peninsula, just a ferry ride away from Seattle. The accounts of Suzy's daily activities effectively transport the reader to this faraway place, where beach picnics are a regular occurrence - eaten on a picnic table that happened to wash ashore some weeks before. Where one is always watching out the windows to see which neighbor, in their boat, is motoring or rowing by and may be coming to drop off some of their fresh catch for your dinner tonight. Where the earth is rich with flowers and trees of every variety, and the land is shared by a variety of birds, frogs, squirrels, moles, baby squids found in the gutters, and a bevy of welcoming and friendly neighbors. Definitely makes me wish I could pick up and leave on a ferry tomorrow, to live in a place where I could step right out my front door and directly into nature, and the natural world would become an integral part of the everyday....more