Oh boy! A few short weeks after I finished the sequel to The Passage, Ballantine Books kindly sent me the third part of this gripping trilogy. From thOh boy! A few short weeks after I finished the sequel to The Passage, Ballantine Books kindly sent me the third part of this gripping trilogy. From the moment I opened the first page, I was checked out of my life. Leave me alone kids, mommy's reading! What? You need some laundry? Wear something dirty, because dogs and people are missing, and you just know the virals are coming back. There's no way I'm stepping away from this book right now!
This is one of those books that you really don't want to put down. So send the family away, stock up on your groceries and turn off your cellphone. And prepare to do a marathon weekend session. It's that good! You can land your own copy of The City of Mirrors when it hits the shelves of your favorite bookseller May 24, 2016....more
I'm happy to jump on the praise bandwagon with this one! This is one of those books where reading about story line won't necessarily draw you in, butI'm happy to jump on the praise bandwagon with this one! This is one of those books where reading about story line won't necessarily draw you in, but I promise that once you begin the first chapter of this book, you'll be hooked!
Bee is a bright teenager who attends an elite middle school in Seattle. Her father is a bigwig at Microsoft and her mother, Bernadette, is a famous architect now living a reclusive life as a stay-at-home mom. They live in a crumbling mansion that was once a former dormitory, and battle a crazy neighbor and school parents, whom Bernadette refers to as "gnats." The chaos begins when the family plans a trip to Antarctica (a reward for Bee's perfect academic record).
This is a fun, hugely entertaining novel, and not to be missed! So glad I picked it up! 4 1/2 stars....more
Stegner is one of those authors that needs to be savored, so take some time to read this work slowly and thoughtfully. The novel presents a retired hiStegner is one of those authors that needs to be savored, so take some time to read this work slowly and thoughtfully. The novel presents a retired historian, Lyman Ward, in his attempt to compile the biography of his grandparents who raised him. What follows is a rich telling of an engineer and his author/artist wife who become part of the story of the American West during the late 1800's.
The character of Lyman's grandmother, Susan Burling Ward, was based on a real-life woman of similar background named Mary Hallock-Foote. Stegner was able to use her writings as source material and even quotes from her book "A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West," in this beautifully written masterpiece.
Wallace Stegner's writing is stunning. It is rich in imagery and deep in information. And yet as prose, it is among the very best. I enjoyed learning about the life of the Wards and the struggles of a marriage on the frontier. And yet the story isn't just about Oliver and Susan Ward, it's about holding on to your own self-identity through marriage and life trials. It's a story that Lyman Ward realizes touches his life in a myriad of ways, and it's a timeless story that we, too, can't help but recognize within our own lives. It's about life, love, forgiveness, sacrifice and suffering. And it's about determining what the correct balance of those things are for our own stability. The title, Angle of Repose, is Stegner's use of an engineering term, which means the correct angle in which material can be piled without falling down. It is a clever and fitting title to this amazing and brilliant novel....more