Somewhere in London, a film director is dying of cancer. His life's crowning achievement, his greatest film, would have told the story of a European v...more Somewhere in London, a film director is dying of cancer. His life's crowning achievement, his greatest film, would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 A.D. approached - the midnight that the villagers were convinced would bring with it Armageddon. Now that story will never be told. But he's still working it out in his head, making a film that no one will ever see. No one but us.
Serialized in The Face in 1989, expanded and revised into a graphic novel in 1992, and adapted for radio in 2000, Signal to Noise has never stopped evolving. The bonus material in this first-time hardcover edition captures every leg of the journey, including three related short stories unseen in nearly two decades, an additional chapter created for the CD release of the radio drama, and a new introduction by Dave McKean along with the original by Jonathan Carrol and the radio drama introduction by Neil Gaiman
Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. Due to size etc, only able to view on laptop, and using the dreaded ADE which makes it clunky to navigate trough and difficult to read the text.
This is one of the Gaiman/Mckean books I missed first time round and am only coming across on republication. it's a relatively short story - about a film director, who finds out that he's dying of cancer, and looks back on the research and work he's done for a film he planned to make about a village waiting for the turn of the century and millennium of 999AD. Despite being ill and feeling week, he commences his screenplay, only to never see it get made.
McKean's drawings are of his standard occasionally fuzzy style and makes use of film stills (Groucho Marx and Monroe in particular). Gaiman's narrative brings across a level of pathos of a man feeling that he has not achieved what he wanted and that his life has been wasted.
I have seen the print version of this in the local comic book store and may well pick it up to read it in all its paper glory (that I dont think I got in the digital version)(less)
charminganearlThe second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentlema...morecharminganearlThe second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother's smithy, it is up to her to act quickly—and rashly—to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn't in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What's a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining..
Received in ebook format from Netgalley.com, having read other books in the series - the reviews of which are here and here.
Elinor is the second daughter of a blacksmith, lives in a small Gloucester town. One day she sees Grantham stop by to get his horse reshod, and she makes a decision to marry him, even though she knows nothing about him.
She devises a plan to get his attention, only for it to go near fatally wrong, and it's only when she's in his house that she realises how little she knows him - his other Christmas guests are here for one of his annual "Bacchanalia"s - where half the guests are prostitutes for the other half.
Grantham is bored of his friends, but uses them to forget the death of his younger sister some years previously. However, he is enchanted by the innocent Elinor, a nice foil to the world weary and far too knowing other women he's taken to having as friends.
In the meeting with her previously never met Aunt - who Elinor finds out is not only a twin of her mother but disowned for being an actress - she finds an ally and that there is much she hasnt been told and just how naive and innocent she actually is.
Elinor is perhaps a little too naive for some readers - but as a woman with limited social circles, and certainly never presented with the situations she finally finds herself in, perhaps we're too modern and cynical a set of readers. One slight quibble early on - the village is referred to as "5 blocks long" - an Americanisation that should never have strayed into a Regency English village (boooo!)(less)
The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely ventured out of 185...moreThe stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely ventured out of 1850s Dorset when she impulsively emigrates to America. Opposed to the slavery that defines and divides the country, she finds her principles tested to the limit when a runaway slave appears at the farm of her new family. In this tough, unsentimental place, where whisky bottles sit alongside quilts, Honor befriends two spirited women who will teach her how to turn ideas into actions
You cant fault Chevalier for her research whilst writing a book - this has Quakers 1850s America, the Slave trade, bounty hunters, and quilting all wrapped into a plausable story about an Englishwoman coming to America and being tested over principals, marriage, slavery and what humans are prepared to do to each other.
Chevalier manages to find different ways in progressing the story without bogging herself or the reader in too much detail (changing between a straight narriative and Honor's side of the letters to the people back home, and back), allowing for whole periods to pass in a few pages.
Not sure the relationship between Honor and Jack quite works - she's a Quaker who gets married after a quicky fumble in the corn field. She didnt seem to expect anything different, despite having no passion for Jack (unlike what she feels for the dangerous Bounty hunter Donovan) and seems to feel no regret for doing the dirty without even a hint of a promise.
There's enough detail in the Quilting to keep casual quilters happy, though I'm sure that the more adept quilters would like to try and find fault. Some reviewers complain about there not being more information about the Underground Railroad, and whilst there wasnt much, I think it was appropriate - after all this is a foreigner who stumbles across the situation rather than being sought out to be actively involved - and I know that for safety's sake most people would only know about the stop either side of them, in order to reduce others being caught out. These were difficult times for all, so that most people (especially the free black people) weren't suddenly going to share their secrets with women who they barely knew.
Village rumour hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for th...moreVillage rumour hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
Sent to me as a twitter prize by the lovely people at Harper Collins to mark a republish (different cover to one shown, but I cant find the latest image).
This is number 4 in the Hercule Poirot series, and it finds him retired in the countryside and keeping a low profile - so low, he doesnt appear for the first few chapters. The story is narrated by the local doctor and starts with the apparent suicide of Mrs Ferrars believed to have poisoned her husband the year before. Then Mr Ackroyd is found murdered in his study just a few days later. There are plenty of suspects - everyone is hiding a secret from Poirot and it takes him some time to work out just who did it.
If you've ever watched the TV adaptations, or read this before, the killer of Ackroyd is well known. However it's Christie's presentation of the narrative (as written in chapters by the doctor who has an eye on writing a book in the future a la John Watson about Sherlock Holmes) that keeps it all going. One advantage of Poirot books is that they are rarely (I dont think *ever*) written from the perspective of Poirot himself, and therefore we are safe in the knowledge that we are given the same information as Poirot, and it's just that everyone has their own interpretation on the information.
So: lovely edition of a book I havent read for a long time, and enjoyable to see how it completes, even if you do think you know who did it!(less)
Christmas 1974, Judy found her first true love and she thought it would never end. One minute they were planning their future together, and then he wa...moreChristmas 1974, Judy found her first true love and she thought it would never end. One minute they were planning their future together, and then he was gone.
One fateful event outside of their control totally changed the course of their lives.
Christmas 2012, when she hears their favorite Christmas song, it brings back memories of high school and the moment their love began. Now, Judy decides the time is right to attend this year’s Christmas High School reunion.
Will the reunion give Judy the chance to see her first love again?
Will he remember her in the same way that she remembers him?
Will she find answers as to why they went their separate ways?
Will Judy be Lonely This Christmas?
Read in ebook format, getting book free from Amazon Kindle store.
Shortish book about a middle aged widow, who whilst working in the local department store, hears "her song" on the store's sound system. This makes her reminisce about the time in the 1970s when she was still at school, and her first true love, who dumped her to go around the world. In the next few weeks, she gets invited to the school christmas reunion and is persuaded to go by her best friend Elaine. There she runs into Ian again and it gives them the opportuninty to catch up and maybe answer some questions.
This was primarily about Judy, so apart from the odd appearance of people like Elaine and Ian (with a brief appearance from Judy's daughter on the phone) there are few supporting characters. On the whole it's decently written, formatted and presented - there's a couple of sentances where I thought "I wouldnt have written it that way", but on further reflection, I couldnt think of how it could be written differently/or better, so I think it's just a case of a difference in preferred writing styles.
It's good to see that romances that are not just written about the young, rich, skinny and beautiul people and that sometimes romance can come a second time around for those that have loved before. Characters were generally sympathetic (less)
dreddone In an all-new adventure from Joe Dredd's early days as a Mega City-One Judge, writer (and Eagle-award-winning 2000AD Editor) Matt Smith presen...moredreddone In an all-new adventure from Joe Dredd's early days as a Mega City-One Judge, writer (and Eagle-award-winning 2000AD Editor) Matt Smith presents a tale where "all the young juves, carry the news," only in this case, the news is delivered with a lethal blow!
Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. DRMd, too big to be sent to a kindle, had to be read using ADE on a laptop. Unfortunately ADE on a laptop is not the easiest format to read these stories - in "actual size" the font is virtually unreadable (bad for something this text heavy), but if you magnify, the scrolling becomes so slow as to be unresponsive....both PG-DN and cursor scroll both mean that each page can take over 10 minutes to progress through. (I have read other graphic novel content on an ipad, and it has been a joy and a delight to read, so to be presented in this format is highly disappointing).
To the story itself: Dredd has been on the streets for approx a year after 15 years in the academy. Psi-Division is not long established. Seemingly random Psi events kick off around the city, where teens that would have previously rated "zero" for psychic ability are producing. Dredd is learning from more experienced Judges such as Goodman and Riorden - the latter being the Psi-Cop leading on the investigation. Between them Dredd and Riorden end up at a children's home where Dredd enters the psychic rift that has opened up recently in the building.
Dredd finds himself facing a version of Meg City one that has been decimated as his own, but empty of people - a situation he has never confronted before, and it makes him nervous. He meets up with some judges that have been forced underground by the psy-kids that took the city over the previous year, under the guidance and direction of something that calls itself "The Four Mothers". Meanwhile, the Judges in Dredd's reality are attempting to find him and pull him back with forewarning of potential issues to come through a time link to the future.
Graphics are good - the other MegCity One in particular - it's very word heavy (Dredd speaks!) and I will consider getting a paperversion of this (less)
God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible... if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and it...moreGod Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible... if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy, and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says
Provided in ebook format from the people at www.netgalley.com. Unfortunately in a DRM edition and of such a size that it was practically impossible to read on any ebook reader (and I tried!), making me resort to reading it on my computer whilst I had the chance and before it the expiry date kicked in
What I did see did cut to the chase, with many of the books cut down to a reasonable 1 or 2 pages of text. The cartoons nicely summed up the chapter, but seemed to be squashed tiny at the bottom of the page - imagine a MATT cartoon in the Telegraph newspaper or a side cartoon from The New Yorker. I will admit that I didnt read all of the book, through technology woes and other books to read rather than an overall lack of desire to address this kind of book
Received in ebook format via www.netgalley.com. Read on an ipad using kindle software. The book was very well formatted, presented well, and all the m...moreReceived in ebook format via www.netgalley.com. Read on an ipad using kindle software. The book was very well formatted, presented well, and all the more enjoyable for it. This is not a classic “ghost” story, although William is haunted throughout his life and is driven to work harder and harder – but he cant seem to remember what drives him or why. The man he comes to think of as “Mr Black” appears most frequently at the graveside of the people closest to William, and it's just after the death of his wife that William and Mr Black have a discussion that changes William's life. A fairly successful mill owner, William changes tack to set up Bellman And Black, a store covering the mourning fashions of the Victorians, an era who took mourning to a whole new (and expensive) level. He doesnt see Mr Black for years, finds he has little in common with his daughter Dora any more (and therefore discards her to his country home), and cuts himself off from all non business contact with humans, even if it means missing out on the human contact he occasionally craves. The business goes from strength to strength on the back of William's drive forward (and the unrealised haunting of the black feathers of the rook). It's only at the end, when Mr Black comes back to visit him, that William realises just what he has lost and forgotten. I've read the odd review that in this story “nothing happens” and that's a pretty fair comment. However, that's not the point of the story itself. You read it for the way it's written, the detail of the mill from start to finish of the weaving process; the detail of mourning (and half mourning, and quarter mourning); just what expenditure will be made at the height of the funeral process. You read it for the loss, and the understanding of what some people will do for financial success, without necessarily understanding if it's what they really want(less)
Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. Read using kindle software on an ipad. Presentation of book is decent and easy to read, though the c...more.
Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com. Read using kindle software on an ipad. Presentation of book is decent and easy to read, though the change to smaller font as guy was talking to Emma in her head took a little getting used to (small font? Could it have been in italics or simply a different font? Smaller looks like a formatting issue. Anyway minor point that didn't distract from the story overall)
Writer says in the introduction that she hopes she makes us laugh, which gives me the permission to say this is a really silly book, but in a good way.
Emma has been hearing voices, and a very specific voice, in her head since she was a kid. After a car crash leaves her in a coma for months she takes a trick down to Mexico to free the man in her head from the trap he's Benin since the 1940s. She does, he's huge and georgeous, guy then has to work out not only who trapped him but why and where the other gods are. Meanwhile the baddies are tracking Emma down to use her uniqueness to their own ends.
Whilst this is silly, especially the first part, underneath there is a decent story reasonably constructed, with plenty of exotic and lavish locations. Not quite those who prefer traditional romances - several scenes of Emma checking out Guy's equipment as he walks around naked, and there are mild levels of swearing(less)
The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mat...moreThe last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster. But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus. Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And just what the hell is going on down in the basement at night? Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere Received in ebook format from netgalley.com and read on an ipad using kindle software.
Warning: this book is not for the easily offended, prudish or embarrassed so if you are i suggest you stop reading right about now! This is a fairly short story and therefore easily consumed in a day. For something this short, external characterisation and plots have had to be discarded – there is no time to fall in love, fall out, then spend several chapters moping around as they look at finding each other again. Good use is made of what is left, and a reasonable scenario is set up, but perfection is hard in something so short (how the Knights found Cora, set her up and were dealt with subsequently are all extraneous to this story for instance). Some scenes are explicit (less)
Jeff Calhoun is an American Journalist with Hence, a New York Magazine. He transfers to London to replace Tod, a newly dead colleague. He moves into T...moreJeff Calhoun is an American Journalist with Hence, a New York Magazine. He transfers to London to replace Tod, a newly dead colleague. He moves into Tod's apartment and discovers that Tod did not die a natural death but was murdered by thugs in the employ of Victor Deller, a British media baron. Deller is at the height of his career and amongst his current schemes is one to provide a fitness centre for MPs in Westminster; a project ably supported by the PM herself. Tod has discovered that Deller and his sexually voracious wife had several very dubious financial interests including a prostitution ring. They plan to extend the latter clandestinely into the fitness centre, trapping unwary MPs into activities which would lay them open to blackmail. The struggle by mutually antagonistic groups - politicians, Deller, trafficked women, thugs and journalists - ends with an explosive finale
Received in PDF format from the publishers Hopcyn Press, and read on an iPad using Kindle software
Jeff has been posted to England as the "foreign correspondent" for a New York Magazine and whilst trying to find his way through the maze of English Politics, upper echelon MPs and the landed gentry, also gets involved with escorts, prostitutes, assassins, suicides, spies and black market thugs. Along the way there is sex of many types, peerages for money, blackmail, bribery, and deals being made under some very pricey tables.
Also, this is England but not quite as we know it. The PM is a woman, the monarch is a man, the US president is a black woman, the main political parties are called something different (e.g. CoLaborative party). There is an implication that this story is set sometime in the near but unspecified future.
As you can see from above what is covered in the story, there are lots of subjects covered in what is - in ebook format - a sub 300 page book. The different strands are set up fairly gently in the beginning, however approximately half way through, these strands start getting mixed together. Events soon come at you in wave after wave and it doesn’t let you rest or skim – i had to pay attention all the way through and needed a lie down at the end!
So: A tightly plotted, multi stranded story showing the darker side of English politics (there is no mention of Scotland/Wales or NI so is it English or British?) and the influence of big business and media. A tiring read (in a good way), this is not a book for a short weekend read. If however, you want a slightly more challenging read, to keep you on your toes through the book, this is the one for you (less)
Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she di...moreShocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work—and a radical leader—Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood.
An earl’s second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can’t make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage.
As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death
Obtained in ebook format from www.netgalley.com, read on an ipad using kindle software.
I went into reading this book thinking it was a “classic” (Mills and Boon) romance story but soon realised that it was much more than that – and for the better.
Maddie has been brought up to marry the 1st son (Deacon) of her godfather, only to find herself rejected not only as the wife of an Earl, but as a Weatherby (she finds out she was adopted as a child). With no money, family or prospects, she agrees to marry Deacon’s younger brother Nash, who works in Trade in Manchester. It’s only when she arrives at her new home does she realise what it means to live in a manufacturing city house, rather than a country side estate – and what it means to be a wife.
Nash meanwhile has to deal with a wife who appears to not love him, and unwilling to perform her wifely duties in the bedroom (and acts oddly when she does). He also has to deal with the fact that there is discontent in the workers, where there are rumours of strike action and sedition to protest over lost wages and poverty (whilst the business men are living in palatial houses on the hill).
The rest of the story deals with the run up to Peterloo, the massacre of members of the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Field, Manchester to protest the need for reform and suffrage for all. Nash tries to balance between being a magistrate, a man of business, and trying to do the right thing for his workers. It doesnt help that his wife is seeking out a sense of belonging with her newly found family – and whose father is one of the men leading the protesters. Their marriage is at an all time low just before the final meeting, which splits the two apart, Maddie making the only choice she thinks available to her.
I did pick up on a couple of words which were a little jarring. Thankfully the author didnt attempt a Mancunian dialect, which can be very hard to both write and read BUT….I was almost prepared to ignore the use of the word “biscuit” when Quinn was in the kitchen to talk about supper. (Was this the *proper* use of the word biscuit – American “Cookie”- or the American usage as in “biscuits and gravy” – i.e. something akin to a scone or bap?). It did pull me up on it enough to check where the author is from (yes, she’s American). It was a small thing, not necessarily relevant to the progression of the story, but the author had done well to this point and it would be a shame to let it spoil the story. However, then came the use of “Fall” instead of “Autumn”. Sharp intake of breath! Time for a quick glance over the MS by the Europe editor?
Anyway, yes, these bits were small in the grand scheme of things, and shouldn’t spoil the story, which certainly was no standard M&B romp – in a good way! It took me several days to read, and required me to pay attention all way, which I gladly did.(less)
Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not afte...moreAlthough Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him.
Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she's determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.
Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?
Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com and read on an ipad using kindle software.
I am hoping this is the Uncorrected proof rather than the final version of this story as it was let down by the formatting and transcription, meaning that parts of words were missing (predominately "f" and "ff"). This left the reader attempting to guess what the author was trying to say, which slows the reader down and rudely pulls the reader out of the narrative rather than letting them get fully engrossed in the story. Anyway - to the story:
Everett has been left down before - living as a farmer in Kansas is a hard and often poor life, and it's a rare woman who will stay and marry such a farmer. Often women travel from outside as mail-order brides, and 4 women have already come to be with Everrett, but all have let him down in one way or another.
However Julia, with her own painful past, comes to town and the pair get married out of necessity rather than love. Everett tries to do the right thing by Julia, who is immediately attracted to, but ends up shunning her. Since the two people, who didnt know each other really in the first place, dont talk to each other, the marriage never really gets going.
Much of the book concerns the struggle of both of them to work out what they need from each other and the marriage. It took a long time for it to become clear this was a Christian Romance (I am not a huge fan of Christian Fiction as mentioned previously), however, as Christian Fiction goes .... this wasnt that bad (Gasp!). Everyone's relationship with God is given a much lighter touch than in The Road Home (by Patrick E Craig), and for many of the characters you do get the impression that this is a path taken as a fundamental part of their life and they use it for guidance and living right and good, but that their every action is not determined by what they think their God demands.
The last section is where I find Julia, who has previously not had a relationship with God, gives it all up to God *just a little too neatly* in order to finish the book (but then I'm just a plain old cynic so I'm blaming me for looking at it this way!).
So in summary - decent historical romance, great for fans of Christian Romance, good for people merely tolerant to same or who are willing to read through to get to a decent story.(less)
Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any to...moreCarrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a megabestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.
Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com this is a standalone Christmas story from Debbie Macomber.
Carrie is champing at the bit, wanting more challenging work than the society pages she currently has to write up. She accepts the challenge to find Finn Dalton the reclusive author of the current top list book on living in the wilderness. It seems everyone wants to talk to him but he doesnt want to be found.
She tracks him down and in the best tradition of romance novels, they get snowed into his remote Alaskan cabin for two days until the weather has cleared up enough for the plane to come and pick her up. It's during this period that Finn's exterior crumbles and she leaves, with both in love with each other.
He comes to surprise her for Thanksgiving, and she takes him out to show her world - were there is much noise, people and partying. It is this, plus her pushy friend Sophie, that causes him to break off their romance before it goes any further.
Finally, both come to their senses over Christmas, and Finn reconciles not only with his mother (who divorced Finn's father when Finn was young), but with Carrie.
As you might guess this is a romance that follows the traditional format, but with the added benefit of coming around with the Macomber Thanksgiving/Christmas touch.
I wasnt a big fan of Sophie, Carrie's best friend. She was a touch *too* bossy for my liking and overstepped several lines from where I was standing - I would have ditched her as a friend a long time ago! Macomber breaks from the more sexy romance novels in that there is no sex in this book - despite the reasonably sexy current between the two lead characters, Finn always goes back to his hotel at the end of the evening (and Macomber stays with her "no real sex" branding in her books!)(less)
In this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Jo Marie Rose readies her inn for spring, turning to her new friends Grace and Olivia...moreIn this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Jo Marie Rose readies her inn for spring, turning to her new friends Grace and Olivia when she needs them most.
Jo Marie has big plans for her bed-and-breakfast. With the help of handyman Mark Taylor, she intends to plant a beautiful rose garden in time for her upcoming open house. Jo Marie and Mark rarely see eye to eye—especially on matters of home improvement—but she knows he has her best interests at heart. After the two walk the grounds, Jo Marie realizes that her beloved rescue dog, Rover, is missing, and at a time when she most needs a friend, Mark abruptly leaves. Confused by Mark’s behaviour and worried for Rover’s safety, Jo Marie searches for her precious dog all over Cedar Cove. But Rover is on an adventure of his own—one that will lead to a delightful surprise for two unlikely people.
Given to me in ebook format from the people over at www.netgalley.com, this is a short novella concerning some of the people near Rose Harbor Inn in Cedar Cove (see also Rose Harbor in Bloom).
It's only four chapters long, and concerns Jo Marie and her handyman Mark, as well as two students at the local high school who get involved with the disappearance of Jo Marie's dog Rover. Having read Rose Harbor in Bloom, some of the Jo Marie/Mark story seems familiar - I think at least some of it appears in the larger book.
Amanda, as the maths geek/tutor, seems to have been entirely oblivious of the boys around her, so it's a shock to her that the jock needing her help has been aware of her for years.
As a novella, this is by definition very short, light on character development and doesnt have too many neat endings. I suspect it's part of a longer book, which got cut out at editing, but still reasonable to release as an exercise.
The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially with a pair of gold pince-nez...moreThe stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath
Considering this is the first in the series, Wimsey (plus Bunter, plus the Duchess) are strong characters already, with Wimsey being presented with a dead body in a bathroom, whilst the police are investigating the disappearance of Sir Reuben Levy, a financier who disappeared whilst on a night out.
It's fairly evident the significance of the unidentified body, but it's just a case of proving it. The written confession unfortunately, comes late in the book, and is all but redundant, as the reader should have worked it all out for themselves by the time it comes out (and it's all done bar the shouting).
To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harness...moreTo the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.
Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital... but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse...
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails...
This is number 40 in the discworld series and we're back in Ankh-Morpork, with the the usual suspects, and the tension betweens the humans, trolls, dwarves continues with the added complication of goblins. Once again the Dwarf state is in shards, each faction splintering into smaller pieces as soon as two or more have a disagreement, and there is an attempt to overthrown the Low King, who appears to be too progressive. Meanwhile, Mister Simnel has found out how to harness steam, and the railway is not far behind, with impetus to have a track to Uberworld to resolve the Dwarf Question.
This has everyone in it (even DEATH gets a one-liner) and could be viewed as the start of Practhett's handover of the world to Rosanna before he becomes unable to continue. With so many presiously established characters making an appearance, it's certain that some favourites will not get the exposure that some people want. It could be seen as perhaps too-crowded with characters, and could one or more of them have been dropped without anyone noticing? I dont know.
Anyway, story covers change, factionism, new technology, religious doctrine, feminism, being true to ones self, bigotry, racisim, in such a way to still make it enjoyable to read. Plus plenty of footnotes. Whilst we still have him, Pratchett's at least working at his best here.(less)
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, a...moreOn highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
The book starts with Danny, aged 8, in Florida, with his mother, still dealing with the aftermath of his time at the Overlook hotel. He still gets visited by some of the dead from the hotel - his father thankfully not being one of them - and is taught by Dick Hallorann (the guy who taught him about The Shining and who ultimately helped rescue him) how to compartmentalise these visitations. Andi Steiner - a 32 year old who spent 8 years being raped by her step father - has the ability to make people fall asleep. She uses this to survive, and is found by The True Knot, stealing from an older man in a cinema, and who then bring her into their group. They survive by torturing and killing children with the Shining, extracting the power the torture releases. We catch up with Danny, intermittently over the next 20 or 30 years, with Danny hitting rock bottom and fearing that he's turning into his drunken, violent father, until he finds someone willing to give him a chance and be his AA Sponsor. He gets a job in a nursing home, where he becomes the handyman and an unofficial medico, and generally ends up sitting up with the old patients as they breathe their last. Meanwhile he becomes aware of a young child called Abra, who has a stunning Shining talent from the moment she is born (she predicts 9/11 on the day she is born by screaming her lungs out). The True Knot become aware of her too, when they become aware of her during a torture session. We are introduced to a number of the group's members and how they go around their business, some being down right creepy. As usual with a King book, the first section of the book (it is split into 4 parts) is all about set up. The three main story lines are interwoven with each other as we see Danny, The True Knot, and Abra, first of all from the viewpoint of her family and then by herself. Small things happen, all in themselves innocuous, but you know that they will all lead to something. The rest of the book builds up to several crises - Abra and Danny manage to get in touch, and their meetings reflect the worst people can imagine when an older man meets a younger girl, so all must be done in public. Danny pulls in some of his friends, including the doctor who treated Abra when she was born. Abra gets so far, but finally relents that her family have to be involved - she doesnt want to, as she is still a 13 year old, and her mother is having to deal with the terminal illness of her mother (Abra's grandmother) The True Knot suffer some casualties, both on a case by case basis, and in a group effort, as a posse are sent to capture Abra, without realising she has help of the people around her. This leads to a showdown between Abra (with Danny) and Rose on the grounds of what used to be the Overlook Hotel (that Danny's father so famously burnt down after being haunted by the spirits of the place in The Shining). It is Danny's time spent with the dying which allows him to pull a trick out of the bag to allow Abra to overcome the fight between the older and stronger woman. This is a story of the lonely and friendless coming together to become friends, in order to fight a group of people who ultimately become alone in the world. King shows his strength in the small details – Rose's hat for instance, how it sits jauntily on her head no matter what, and how its image elsewhere leaves an impression of where her spirit has been. It has been a while since I read a King novel - I stopped reading around the time The Regulators came out first time. I found this to be a light read, and reminded me of King at his best. (less)
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics--The New 52 event of September 2011, Barbara Gordon is finally back as Batgirl The nightmare-inducing brute known...more
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics--The New 52 event of September 2011, Barbara Gordon is finally back as Batgirl The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens seemingly at random. Will Barbara be able to survive her explosive confrontation with this new villain, as well as facing dark secrets from her past? A new chapter in the riveting adventures of Batgirl continue in stunning fashion, with script by fan-favorite Gail Simone and stellar art by superstar Ardian Syaf This volume collects issues 1-6 of Batgirl, part of the DC Comics--The New 52 event
3 years after being shot and paralysed by The Joker, Barbara Gordon (daughter of Gotham Commissioner Jim Gordon) is bac and suited up as Batgirl. She has moved out of her father's house and has moved into an apartment with a roomie that she secretly suspects is some kind of anarchist.
This book is split into two, where Barbara fights two villains - first Mirror, then Gretel. Both are damaged and in confronting them, Barbara realises just how easy it would be for her to have turned into something like them. Meanwhile she has to come to terms with her relationships with Nightwing (aka Dick Grayson, formerly known as "Robin") and trying to keep her knowledge of just who Bruce Wayne is and exactly what he is capable of. Her mother, who disappeared when Barbara was young, returns to Gotham, attempting to worm her way into Barbara's life - baking her favourite muffins etc - whilst Barbara is trying to work out what she wants.
Storyline is good (I never read Batgirl before now and believe that the Gail Simone work is a serious kick up the bum to a character out of the mainstream for nearly 20 years). The artwork is clear and clean as is the lettering - looking forward to Book #2 in the series (which is waiting on my bookshelf!) (less)