Samuel L. Jackson made this a MUST LISTEN for me!! I can't wait to get the book, but have listened to the audiobook several times--my entire family ha...moreSamuel L. Jackson made this a MUST LISTEN for me!! I can't wait to get the book, but have listened to the audiobook several times--my entire family has laughed themselves silly. YES it's inappropriate for younger kids (mine are 16 and 9) and YES there are plenty of F-bombs being dropped. But it is like they WROTE this for Jackson to narrate.
Every bleary-eyed parent can relate to this hilarious tale.
And for the record, I have said "Go the F**k to sleep/bed!"(less)
My deepest thanks to Bryan Healey for sending me an ARC of this book to review.
What do you do when your life is turned tragically upside down? In Shat...moreMy deepest thanks to Bryan Healey for sending me an ARC of this book to review.
What do you do when your life is turned tragically upside down? In Shattered Wings, we are introduced to a family--John, his spouse Charlie, and their adopted daughter Cassie. While Charlie works at home to be with their daughter, John is a white collar worker with a secure job. Until it isn't. Laid off in the dwindling economy, John decides to not tell Charlie. In a series of flashbacks, we are thrust into feeling his desperation as job interviews come and go, the memories of his meeting Charlie, and welcoming their daughter. His fears thrust him back into a life that could end in tragedy.
I was struck by the stark cover of Healey's book--always a promising sign. I was not disappointed. Healey has written a very timely novel that literally moved me to tears--which is hard to do and to me, signifies a book that not only satisfies but lingers in my head. His style of writing is lyrical but not overdone.
One sign of his brilliant talent is that when I began reading, I envisioned the narrator to be a woman. It's only a few pages in do I realize that this is a gay couple. I went back to the beginning to re-read so that I had the right picture in my head. But truly, aside from a few places in the book, John and Charlie are "every family" and quite accessible to any reader. I find it wonderful, as a bisexual woman, to find a novel that is modern and mainstream and doesn't need to feel like it has to be different because it features a gay couple.
A bit of a tongue-in-cheek warning: there are no chapters. So if you're a voracious reader like I am, you may find yourself devouring this book far too quickly or staying up into the wee hours of the morning. It's nearly impossible to pace yourself with such a wonderful book in hand.
I heartily recommend Shattered Wings, *need* to find Healy's other work, and cannot wait for more to come. I think his literary voice will go far!(less)
Just when I thought I was satisfied with the vampire genre as is, even beginning to feel it was over-saturated (with blood?), the first of a trilogy f...moreJust when I thought I was satisfied with the vampire genre as is, even beginning to feel it was over-saturated (with blood?), the first of a trilogy found its way into my hot little hands and into my heart.
Look out Stoker. Beware Meyer. Ellen C. Maze and "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider" has found a niche like no other: Christian Horror/Paranormal.
While staying true to many of the accepted perameters of the vampire-verse, Maze adds a Christian touch that is neither heavy-handed or preachy, but at the same time, is a book that Christians can feel comfortable reading. While it is for older teens and adults, the language and descriptions of any vampire activity is not gratuitous.
Beth Rider, an author, has written a book called "The Judging: The Corescu Chronicles" (not ironically, a series also written by Maze that I can't wait to delve into). Vampires who read it are finding themselves transformed, which angers the ruling Rakum--the race of the vampire. Soon, a price is put on Rider's head, labeled a "Rabbit" and the chase is on. Even with God on her side, how will she evade these supernatural predators?
I think the intermingling of the two series is pure genius. And while I felt there were questions left unanswered, I was advised by Maze to read "Loose Rabbits", as it is a sort of "Rabbit, vol 1.5" in the series. Though I am torn as to whether read the "Rabbit" series first, or intermingle with the "Corescu Chronicles," it is a lovely dilemma to find myself in.
I want to thank the incredibly gracious Ellen C. Maze for sending me down a different type of rabbit hole, and indtroducing me to Rabbit Addiction.(less)
Fabulous graphic novel--you forget you're reading one after a short while. Both my daughter and I loved this and the foreign film based on the book. I...moreFabulous graphic novel--you forget you're reading one after a short while. Both my daughter and I loved this and the foreign film based on the book. I actually bought this for my teen daughter who could not put it down.
Although I couldn't grasp all the subtleties with the times and politics, I enjoyed this immensely. There is something quite lovely and haunting about it, and ultimately triumphant.
I look forward to reading more of Satrapi's works.(less)
I received a bookmark that had the cover of this book on it. I was quite intriqued by the beauty and gothic look (inspired by the 10th story in this c...moreI received a bookmark that had the cover of this book on it. I was quite intriqued by the beauty and gothic look (inspired by the 10th story in this collection). This is proof that you can't judge a book by its cover.
"Red Spikes" is 10 short stories intended for young adults. Written by Australian author Margo Lanagan, I imagined it would be "Stephen King Lite". Instead there was quite a bit of the Aussie influence that kept me too off-kilter to really get into the stories.
The writing is beautiful. There are passages that paint such a lovely or horrifying portrait I couldn't help but be impressed even if I didn't care for the story.
It wasn't until the last few stories I felt myself drawn in a bit more. The benefits of this short story anthology--it was short. I fear were it a full-length book I would have set it aside long ago. I am glad I got this from my library, since I'm more likely to purchase books even based on something such as a cover.
Perhaps teens who are fans of fantasy and paranormal would enjoy this far more than I. Sadly I can only give this 2 out of 5 stars. I would have liked to have given it more.(less)