Man freakin' alive! T.A. Webb'sLet's Hear it for the Boy is powerful and compelling. The impact is like a one-two punch and it's one I won't soon fo Man freakin' alive! T.A. Webb'sLet's Hear it for the Boy is powerful and compelling. The impact is like a one-two punch and it's one I won't soon forget. It's not very long, but what it contains will take a lifetime to process—at least that's how I was left feeling.
Matthew's recitation of his memories of Patrick pulled me right in; no build up, just right there, right now. Even though I had a good idea of where the story was going to to—I was warned that there would be tears but that it ended on a positive note (she knows me well my friend does)—it still did not lessen the impact. I was totally caught up in Matthew's story; not only in relation to his love, but also in how he got to where he was, how part of his life was dedicated to Auntie Social.
And then there's the scourge of AIDS and HIV; how a generation lost their innocence in such a horrific way. I've read other stories, watched documentaries, read the news and yet I was always on the outside. But with T.A. Webb'sLet's Hear it for the Boy being on the outside was no longer possible. It's immediate and utterly visceral and completely and heartbreakingly stunning.
This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time to come—and for that I'm very glad. And now T.A. Webb is now on my favourites list and I've already made good headway on acquiring his other books. Gotta love it!
If there's one book you read between now and whenever, I highly, highly recommend that this book, T.A. Webb'sLet's Hear it for the Boy, be the one. I don't think you'll regret it.
RATING: 5 out of 5 stars and VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this debut story by Ethan Day... and to be honest I certainly hope he has more where this came from, a LOT more! This man's humour i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this debut story by Ethan Day... and to be honest I certainly hope he has more where this came from, a LOT more! This man's humour is slightly skewed ~ but I LIKE it ~ and his characters, unforgettable. The story, well I couldn't read it fast enough... but when I was done I felt as though I was saying goodbye to a dear and treasured friend. This story joins the line-up on my (virtual) keeper shelves. Oh, and when it's out in paperback ~ don't get in my way 'cause I'll run anyone over that slows me down on my way to get my copy!...more
DREAMING OF YOU is Ethan Day's second book and the promise shown in his first book ~ SELF PRESERVATION ~ is wonderfully kept. There's something aboutDREAMING OF YOU is Ethan Day's second book and the promise shown in his first book ~ SELF PRESERVATION ~ is wonderfully kept. There's something about Ethan's characters to which I really respond; they're so very real and likable, even when they're being bitchy. They've got their flaws, foibles and fantasies but they've got heart, loyalty and a genuineness that makes them someone(s) that I'd love to know. The friendship between Aden, Nathan and Finn ~ superb... and hilarious, always a giggle or three; Aden and Logan ~ sizzle & burn! but also romantic... very, very romantic. I'd love to insinuate myself into Aden's circle of friends 'cause there's something about Aden that gets to me, way down deep. Of course, I felt exactly the same way about Davis in SELF PRESERVATION.
To be honest I get the same feeling reading anything by Ethan Day; his sense of humour is a delight and a riot and you never know what he's going to say next!
I'm really not a fan of biographies, but my oldest daughter had read Tuesdays With Morrie and strongly encouraged me to read it telling me she was surI'm really not a fan of biographies, but my oldest daughter had read Tuesdays With Morrie and strongly encouraged me to read it telling me she was sure that I'd like it; she was partly right 'cause I loved it.
Morrie came alive on these pages and I regretted never having an opportunity to know him myself. He was one of those people that never met a stranger and I can only wish that I had a portion of the joie de vivre with which Morrie lived his life. And it's obvious that Mitch Albom truly loved this man; it shines through each page and is a wonderful testament to a man who, overall, lived a normal life. The beauty is in the way he lived it and should serve as an inspiration for us all....more
After reading Brandon Shire's story, Afflicted, I was impatient for the followup book. And now that I've finished Afflicted II, in one sitting becauseAfter reading Brandon Shire's story, Afflicted, I was impatient for the followup book. And now that I've finished Afflicted II, in one sitting because I really didn't want to wait any longer, I have to say that it's a wonderful complement to its predecessor.
I love that the progress made by Hunter and Dillon in building a relationship continues. Not only is the sex hot and very satisfying, the emotional component has grown considerably—both men are opening up to the other; not always an easy thing in any relationship, but both Dillon and Hunter have spent years protecting themselves.
If I'm going to give a brief explanation of both books I'd have to say that book one deals more with Hunter, his past, and its collision with his growing feelings for Dillon. While in book two it's Dillon's past moving to the forefront... and a nasty past it is too. The anger I felt on his behalf was almost overwhelming; parents like his, especially his mother, really get my ire blazing. They put their religion—not God, but religion—ahead of their children. They spout words of faith, of belief in God, but it has nothing to do with that and everything to do with them: their standing, their feelings. As a parent I despise them, totally and utterly. And that's enough of that! Obviously a hot-button topic.
Which is kind of the point I guess; the author reminds us that a good-sized segment of society continues to be blind, ignorant, and hateful. Unfortunately, far too often it includes parents; the people who should love unreservedly and unconditionally. For them I hold nothing but disgust. Aaaand I digress once again...
But Dillon and Hunter's story also reminds us that there is always hope; that there are people, like Dillon's friend and mentor Shu-shu, who care and do something.
There are groups, like those to whom Mr Shire donates 10% of the proceeds from his books, who are a visible and active presence in the lives of the discarded children, whose greatest concern should be what to wear to school, not worry if they'll even be alive the next day.
Ultimately, Afflicted II is about hope, love, family and friends, survival, life. It's a reminder to those of us, who take for granted the lives we have, that we are fortunate. Brandon Shire has written a story that entertains, wonderfully, but that also informs. And for me that makes it a big winner.
If you've not yet read these two books then I strongly urge you to check them out; I honestly don't think you will be disappointed—I certainly was not! ___________________________________
This was the first Agatha Christie book that I ever read. I believe that it was in junior high, probably grade 8, and it opened my eyes to an entirelyThis was the first Agatha Christie book that I ever read. I believe that it was in junior high, probably grade 8, and it opened my eyes to an entirely new world when it came to books. Already a voracious reader, I now had a focus for my instincts to lose myself in a book as well as to build my collection. Yipes!
This is not, by any means, a happy story, but it is wonderfully done and I was completely and totally baffled as to just who was killing all the members of the *party* on Indian Island. Eerie, spooky and definitely an intellectual thriller... wow!
I really don't know how many times I've read it since, but I can still name characters, the order of the deaths, the hows-and-wherefores... and it's been over 15 years since I last immersed myself.
A stunning short story that introduces us to a world where Kaylee Cavanaugh experiences things no-one else does. It's definitely a cliffhanger, and itA stunning short story that introduces us to a world where Kaylee Cavanaugh experiences things no-one else does. It's definitely a cliffhanger, and it makes much, much more sense when read in conjunction with the first book - My Soul to Take - in Rachel Vincent'sSoul Screamer series.
This is the second time that I've read My Soul to Lose and, while the impact the first time was strong, this time after reading My Soul to Take, it's got an even more powerful effect.
Rachel Vincent'sShifter / Werecat series is one that I get extremely involved in... but I think, in some ways, the Soul Screamers series is even more powerful. ...more
With each book in Scott Sherman's Kevin Connor Mystery series [alas, trilogy?] I find myself falling more under Kevin's spell. He's the kind of personWith each book in Scott Sherman's Kevin Connor Mystery series [alas, trilogy?] I find myself falling more under Kevin's spell. He's the kind of person I'd love to know in real life: confident, smart—especially of the street and people variety, intuitive, self-aware and caring. That's one of Kevin's biggest assets—well, that and being so danged cute! He cares about people. He's not, delightfully, saintly or a goody-goody. He's someone that I admire and respect, even when I feel like kicking his butt. Can anyone get in over his head quicker? And that has nothing to do with his 5'3" height either. Kevin's the kind of guy that jumps in with both feet--the thinking comes after, or in the middle, of whatever crisis he ends up in. But he's not one to wait to be saved. That's where his street- and people- smarts come in... and he doesn't panic.
Then there's the motley cast of characters with whom Kevin shares the pages of these three books. They are each wonderful in their own right, and I've loved every opportunity to get to know each and every one.
And while I absolutely loved this book I can't help but feeling a little sad, a little lost: in Scott Sherman's words "I always planned on the Kevin Connor books as being a trilogy." He does go on to say that, even "...if they end with Third You Die, I think it's a satisfying send-off. However, weeks after sending off the manuscript, I thought, 'What if...?'" Well, that's a what if I'd love for him to explore!
All I can say is Hallelujah and here's hoping that Kevin, Tony, Freddy, Rafi and the other characters we've got to know over the course of these three books will make a speedy return. Because I had to wait long enough for Third You Die to make its way into my hands!...more
Wow... this story has it all, and then some! Patric Michael is a new-to-me author whose books have just jumped onto my favourite and auto-buy list. HiWow... this story has it all, and then some! Patric Michael is a new-to-me author whose books have just jumped onto my favourite and auto-buy list. His character delineations are superb, his conversation and descriptions witty, concise and very effective at carrying the story through to its conclusion. I was entranced and very entertained; I was also very caught up in Nate's story and his connection with Andy over the years. A good, good read with the requisite and very satisfying romance. What a treat! ...more