Frieda never felt like she was normal and it’s because of this that she happens to sta...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost
Frieda never felt like she was normal and it’s because of this that she happens to stay home from work one day when all hell breaks loose. She manages to avoid a mass outbreak that causes the population to take on zombie-like qualities. She lives with her cat in a state of worry and caution, holed up in her home. She survives day-to-day until something happens that forces her out of her safe shelter. Having been alone for so long, she isn’t sure what to make of it when she encounters another out in the demolished city she once knew.
McNeil brings a fresh voice with this zombie apocalypse-type story. She has written a character that is refreshing and different from others I have read. Frieda is strong but vulnerable, self-conscious but self-assured. I really enjoyed the dynamic that was built up between her and her cat as they live in hiding and was actually a bit disappointed at the introduction of a male character. I felt that behind all of Frieda’s neuroses and inhibitions, she was strong and independent. So when a potential love interest shows up, I was apprehensive as to how that would change her. I really didn’t want the feel of this story to spin into a possible love story.
Personally, I am not a fan of the cover. It doesn’t feel final, or reflective of the good story that’s within the pages. That being said, Waiting for Daybreak is a different take to a zombie survival tale with an independent female main character. In spite of her self-proclaimed shortcomings, she somehow rises among the destruction to live on. Overall, a unique new voice to the zombie genre, and looking forward to McNeil’s subsequent work!(less)
Everyone has seen enough true-crime shows to know that the husband is almost always...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost...
Everyone has seen enough true-crime shows to know that the husband is almost always the prime suspect when their spouse disappears. So when Nick’s wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary, suspicion quickly surrounds the man who is acting erratically. As the investigation gets going, more and more evidence is unearthed to paint Nick in a not-so-great light. Despite all the bad press, Nick maintains his innocence but with a lack of proof, what is everyone supposed to believe?
Beginning from the day she disappears, the narrative flips back and forth between Nick’s POV and Amy’s diary entries. I really enjoyed this storytelling style. It gave the reader just enough information to pique their interest and more would be revealed with the other side being told; a “he said/she said”, if you will. This allowed the reader to constantly keep changing their theories, what they think happened and what the motives were. Just when you might get a sense of the truth, the other account will completely contradict it. The more we got to find out about this Manhattan couple that’s been relocated to Missouri, the more I found my sympathies jumping back and forth between the two. Like they say, there are always two sides to every story.
While I heard many things about this book - that it was crazy, filled with twists & turns and keeps you guessing till the shocking ending – I actually wasn’t familiar with what the actual premise was, and I was pleasantly surprised. I love a good crime mystery read and Flynn achieves this really well in Gone Girl. That being said, maybe I’ve seen too many Dateline episodes but I honestly guessed where it was going from about 1/3 of the way through… and boy was I mad at myself that I’d analyzed it so much that I figured it out so early on. The ending, while shocking, was also equally infuriating to me. I refused to accept that that was the end! So my advice? Don’t over-think this very twisted read and just enjoy the journey… take it as it’s being laid out for you and let the characters in the story solve the mystery for you.(less)
Lingering Tide is a collection of 12 short stories, told in different styles with diffe...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost
Lingering Tide is a collection of 12 short stories, told in different styles with different characters and circumstances. The only connecting factor is that they are stories about Indian immigrants, in all facets and moments in their lives. From stories about first generation children to dealing with grief within a culture and its accompanying traditions.
While I’m not as in tune with the Indian culture as others may be, I was able to enjoy the different views this collection of short stories provided. Being a first generation child of immigrants myself, it was really interesting to see how different and culturally shocking life can be to those who grew up in a certain way of life. In that respect, I was particularly drawn to the short story entitled Third Eye, where it discusses that very subject and having such different generations collide.
Admittedly, there were some stories where I couldn’t quite follow easily what was going on, and although I know they are short stories, some of them seemed to end quite abruptly. There were some that I would have preferred to keep going a bit longer, and others that I thought was dragging on a bit. That being said, Viswanathan has a beautifully poetic writing style. Her narrative and prose just dance off the pages with vivid detail and description. At only 155 pages, Lingering Tide is a heart-warming, heart-breaking and eye-opening read for everyone.
Sacré Bleu follows the story of Lucien Lessard, a baker/painter, and his friend Henri T...moreThis, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost
Sacré Bleu follows the story of Lucien Lessard, a baker/painter, and his friend Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as they chase after the elusive “Colorman”, who they suspect had something to do with their friend Vincent Van Gogh’s apparent suicide. With many distractions of the female kind, the two pseudo-detectives try to figure out the mysterious cause of death.
I loved that Moore blends the lines between fact and fiction, incorporating actual people with created characters as well as including actual photos of the famous paintings within the narrative. Being a huge fan of the movie Moulin Rouge, I couldn’t help but hear John Leguizamo’s voice every time the name “Henri Marie Raymond Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa” was mentioned. In the Afterword, Moore candidly discusses how he’s “ruined art for everyone” with his fictional interpretation of art history. I actually quite enjoyed reading the afterword, as it helped me make some sense of the story itself.
As I mentioned in one of my Goodreads status updates while reading this latest book by Moore, I felt like I was as high as some of the artists were in this novel. At times, just when I thought I grasped what was going on, something happens and throws me for a loop. Personally, I had trouble following the story even knowing how zany and spastic Moore’s writing style is like. Being a fan of his and that it was a book set in Paris, I really wanted to love this book more than I did. That being said, it’s commendable and quite impressive to have concocted a whole novel revolving around the colour blue. For me, the premise and the setting partially made up for how little sense it made to me for most of the book!