I was white-knuckle driving the whole time I was listening to MR. MERCEDES. Stephen King really ratchets up the tension in this book, with chapters alI was white-knuckle driving the whole time I was listening to MR. MERCEDES. Stephen King really ratchets up the tension in this book, with chapters alternating between the good guys' and the villains' perspectives. Will Patton is my new favorite audiobook narrator; he changed the tone of his voice to perfectly capture the chapters narrated in the alternating perspectives. Goodreads is indicating this is the first in the trilogy, which is exciting because I really loved the detective team of Hodges, Holly & Jerome. I also think this story would make an amazing TV show!...more
What a fascinating book this was. Kepnes combines dark humor, tons of cultural references and skin-crawling chills to create something entirely uniqueWhat a fascinating book this was. Kepnes combines dark humor, tons of cultural references and skin-crawling chills to create something entirely unique. I don't think I've ever met a main character quite like Joe Goldberg before. Joe is a working-class bookstore manager who's also a psycho stalker. He becomes instantly enamored with Beck, the "YOU" of the title, when she visits the store one day. Beck is a Lena Dunham-type hipster-y short-story writer trying to get her MFA, but she's kind of a slacker, and she is a fascinating character in her own right. After just the first meeting, Joe is stalking Beck's apartment, hacking into her email, and learning everything about her. When Beck's unreliable boyfriend, Benji, and her needy girl pal Peach start taking up too much of her time, Joe has to remove them from the picture... The thrill of this book lies in waiting for the inevitable moment when Beck is going to discover Joe's true nature. The propulsive plot is liberally laced with funny pop-culture and literary references. You'll be laughing out loud at one of Joe's observations and then realizing you are being entertained by a madman. (My favorite was Benji's artisan club-soda business). I would recommend this book for DEXTER fans, it has a similar balance of wry humor, murder and mayhem....more
I received a complimentary eBook copy of this title for review from NetGalley. Grace is a couples therapist in New York City, and the book opens as shI received a complimentary eBook copy of this title for review from NetGalley. Grace is a couples therapist in New York City, and the book opens as she's being interviewed about her hot new book, "You Should Have Known," a wake-up call for women who ignored the warning signs of problems in their relationships. As Grace is juggling her busy life of PR for the book, her patients, and a fancy fundraiser for the expensive private school her son Henry attends, she begins to realize something is going terribly wrong...Grace learns that a murder has been committed: a fellow mom from the private school is dead. Then, she can't seem to reach her husband, Johnathan, a busy pediatric oncologist. She thought he was flying out to a conference in Cleveland, but now he seems to have disappeared completely. This addictive read follows Grace as she must deal with one shocking, sudden realization after another, and is finally able to move on to the next stage of her life. YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN is a great read for anyone who loves suspense, books about marriage, or books set in New York City....more
This intriguing, slim book is perfect for fans of creepy sci-fi. I read a review of ANNIHILATION somewhere else that described it as a combination ofThis intriguing, slim book is perfect for fans of creepy sci-fi. I read a review of ANNIHILATION somewhere else that described it as a combination of Margaret Atwood and the TV show LOST, and that made me immediately want to read the book. This book takes the form of a journal written by a biologist who's joined up with the twelfth scientific expedition to a mysterious piece of land called Area X. Her team is all female, and includes a surveyor, an anthropologist, and a psychologist who is the group's leader, and who can also hypnotize the other group members to obey commands. All of the previous eleven expeditions have visited the island only to disappear or come back completely changed. The biologist soon has an experience that separates her from the rest of the group members, as they explore a tower buried in the ground, which seems to be alive. If this already sounds crazy and fascinating to you, it just gets better! I can't wait to read the other two volumes of this fascinating trilogy. Luckily they are all being released in 2014....more
Wow! I didn't start this book with any expectations and I ended up LOVING it. I was hesitant to read it because I had the impression that it would beWow! I didn't start this book with any expectations and I ended up LOVING it. I was hesitant to read it because I had the impression that it would be pretentious, literary New York-y fiction, which I have very little patience with (at this stage of my life). It wasn't! Yes, New York was one of the settings in the book, but there were two other darkly beautiful, compelling locations featured in NIGHT FILM. The main character, Scott McGrath, is a journalist who's traveled to some of the most war-torn regions on earth but the scoop he wants more than anything is to learn the truth about genius horror filmmaker, Stanislas Cordova. Cordova has a huge cult following with obsessive fans all over the world and there are all kinds of insane rumors about him.
When the story breaks that Cordova's daughter, Ashley, has committed suicide, McGrath begins a quest to research the last days of Ashley's life. His research draws him into a mystical, twisting, turning series of events and he meets up with Nora and Hopper, two twentysomethings that also have an interest in finding out what happened to Ashley before she died. I don't want to say anything else about the plot in my review, because it will be SO much more fun for you to read it without knowing about anything that happens in advance!
This book is also a lot of fun from a graphic-design perspective because it is peppered with "screen shots" from websites, "articles" from the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and more graphic snippets that give clues to the life of the fictional Cordova. This book was a great adventure, perfect to read in the weeks before Halloween when the skies are gray and the leaves are falling.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing the advance reader copy of NIGHT FILM, which I read on my Kindle!...more
After hearing the author read the prologue of this book on the Diane Rehm Show, I had to check it out. This is one of the best books I've listened toAfter hearing the author read the prologue of this book on the Diane Rehm Show, I had to check it out. This is one of the best books I've listened to on audio for a long time. The main character, Rob Ryan, experienced a traumatic event in his childhood: two of his best friends vanished while they were playing in the woods near their neighborhood. Later, Rob becomes a detective with the Dublin Murder Squad and returns to his childhood neighborhood, and the woods, when he is assigned to investigate the murder of a young girl.
While the mystery around the teenager's murder case comes to a suspenseful and chilling conclusion, the truly enthralling part of this book is Rob's description of the downward spiral of his relationship with his partner on the squad, Cassie. There is a lot of foreshadowing so the reader knows that something terrible is going to happen to their closer-than-siblings bond, and the implosion of their relationship is even more depressing than anything you could have expected. The author is remarkable at bringing the emotions of the characters alive through her descriptions, and the expert narration by Steven Crossley made me feel like I was face to face with Rob, Cassie, Sam and all the other characters in the novel. Although I'm sad that Crossley doesn't narrate the rest of the books in the series, I'll definitely be listening to all of them. ...more
Wow, I had heard the audiobook version of this was good but I had NO IDEA. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series. I have a feeling this isWow, I had heard the audiobook version of this was good but I had NO IDEA. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series. I have a feeling this is going to land right behind Harry Potter on my list of alltime favorite audiobook series, the ones I could listen to again and again. Great story, full of adventure, awesome heroine. Tons of fun....more
When I was about 6 or 7 years old, someone gave me a collection of mini Golden science guides...these little, square books, each of which focused on aWhen I was about 6 or 7 years old, someone gave me a collection of mini Golden science guides...these little, square books, each of which focused on a different subject: rocks & minerals, clouds, weather, space, fossils...I was fascinated by them and read them repeatedly until they fell apart. Then sometime after that I became convinced you had to love math to love science, and my Golden guides got packed away. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is like the grownup version of those little books.
In the Introduction, the author takes issue with how dry and boring most science texts are and sets out to give readers a book about WHY we know what we know about the earth, space, geology, chemistry, and the origins of life. The most shocking and fascinating part of the book for me is when Bryson discusses ALL of the things we DON'T actually know yet about the universe around us... it's a LOT!!
The book is full of amusing sidebars and interludes, especially about the eccentric and competitive lives of the scientists who made the great discoveries in their fields, and the lives of some science pioneers who have been forgotten by history. We listened to the audio version of this book on a long car trip, and the conversational nature of the writing makes it a natural for the audio format. This book will make you eager to read more science writing and to go watch a bunch of PBS documentaries (a good TV companion to this book is the series "NOVA ScienceNOW"). If you think science is boring, this book will re-awaken your childhood curiosity about the world around us!...more
GAAAAH THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK! What happened?? :( I'm not going to write any spoilers about this ending, but boy was it frustrating. Pratchett and BaGAAAAH THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK! What happened?? :( I'm not going to write any spoilers about this ending, but boy was it frustrating. Pratchett and Baxter spend the majority of the book introducing the reader to a fascinating world, and then the journey ends abruptly and jarringly. I haven't read any other Pratchett books, so I went into this book with no expectations. In The Long Earth, a scientist has invented a device that allows anyone to cross into limitless alternate earths in other dimensions, or "Step," between worlds. This revolution has vast effects on world culture and economy as pioneers begin journeying into the alternate Earths. We learn that on most of these worlds, humans never evolved, but there are humanoid creatures who can step naturally without the aid of devices. Some humans, like the main character Joshua, also find they have a natural ability to travel between worlds. Joshua is sent on a journey to explore the edges of the alternate Earths. His story is interspersed with some vignettes of the pioneers and entrepreneurs who decide to explore and settle the alternate worlds. I loved the stories of the pioneers and the unique ways the authors envisioned about how a discovery like this would change the world. The rich details allow the reader to really sink into these new worlds. This book would have been a five-star book for me except for the ending. Listening on audio, I actually thought I was missing some tracks when the book ended! It ends right in the middle of the story, very frustrating. Even if there is going to be a sequel or subsequent books in the series (And I hope there are!!), the authors could have done a better job of tying up the major threads of this story before moving on....more