Russell Wiley is a victim of the recession and modern times.
The author stated in an interview he conducted with himself (grin) that the book is set iRussell Wiley is a victim of the recession and modern times.
The author stated in an interview he conducted with himself (grin) that the book is set in 2006 because that's the official year that print died.
Russell is middle management for an almost-dead business daily that is No. 4 in a world where there's no room for more than three.
This amusing, yet poignant, story leads us through several months of Russell's life. At work, he's surrounded by people who've been living The Peter Principle (I'm dating myself with that reference, lol) At home, his difficult wife seems to be spending everything she makes while he counts off the days since they last had sex.
I startted laughing at page 5 and found reason for many chuckles throughout the book.
I haven't worked in journalism, or in any corporate environment for many years, but the experiences that the protaganist has still resonated with me.
I found the story to be well-written, clever and sardonic. The ending completely surprised me, I expected something far different to happen. I don't like to be able to predict the outcome of any book, so good one, Mr. Hines!
This is an entertaining and easy read. I highly recommend it.
I received this book from NetGalley.com, a fabulous resource for e-ARCs.
The Bells is set in the latter half of the 18th century. It starts out in TheI received this book from NetGalley.com, a fabulous resource for e-ARCs.
The Bells is set in the latter half of the 18th century. It starts out in The Swiss Confederation and moves to Vienna. The book is written in the first person, in the form of a letter from the protaganist to his son.
Moses Froben was born in a belfrey, the son of a deaf woman charged with ringing the 'loudest bells in the land' and a vicious priest, who later attempts to kill Moses when he realizes he's not a deaf imbecile. He's saved by two rebel monks, who take him to St. Gall, where he becomes a celebrated singer due to his angelic voice and almost super-human hearing. The choir director has him secretly castrated to preserve his angelic voice, defying all laws forbidding it.
Moses falls in love with a young wealthy girl, Amalia, and eventually follows her to Vienna, where they are reunited as 'lovers' yet again. He becomes the protogé of the famous musico, Gaetano Guadagni, the darling of the Viennese aristocracy.
I don't do spoilers, but Moses eventually becomes a world-famous singer and with this letter tells his son the amazing tale of how a castrato became a father.
I adored this book. The author's research into the practice of castration, the church and the music of the period shines through. It may be difficult for some to read, but I had read about musicos before, so I had an idea what to expect.
The Bells is unique in that it takes place in Germanic countries, rather than Italy, where castration was quite common between 1600 and 1800. The plot was brilliantly executed, the writing flows smoothly and the author makes the premise believable. His characterizations were wonderful.
The story fascinated me. There is no dearth of tragedy, but if forced to describe it in a single word, I would have to call it beautiful.
I hope that Mr. Harvell will be writing a sequel to The Bells.
Saving CeCe Honeycutt is a fabulous read. It makes you feel good without being smarmy. The situations and characters are very believable.
I won't do aSaving CeCe Honeycutt is a fabulous read. It makes you feel good without being smarmy. The situations and characters are very believable.
I won't do a drawn-out synopsis, as others have done that brilliantly. In a nutshell, it's 1967. CeCe is a 12 year old girl who lives with the shame of mental illness and the pain of an absentee father. Her mother grows more and more psychotic, leaving CeCe to depend on her neighbor, Mrs. O'Dell, for succor.
When her mother is literally knocked out of her shoes in the middle of the street, CeCe's father is, not surprisingly, of little help. One morning, a vintage Packard is driven up to the house and CeCe's great aunt, Tootie, offers to take her back to Savannah with her. CeCe is reticent, but her father agrees.
In Savannah, Cece is exposed to a delightful cast of characters: Oletta, the wise and caring housekeeper and Miz. Goodpepper, a hippie-esque sometime-Buddhist, among others. Oh, and let's not forget Mathilda, the spider, lol!
The book's events flow smoothly; some are heart-warming, others are life lessons. The overall storyline is about healing and self-acceptance. It's a coming-of-age story that will make you smile. The author is so adept at creating what I term (certainly incorrectly) 'visualization' that I literally felt as if I were sitting in that lovely old mansion on Gaston Street in Savannah, sipping sweet tea and waiting for Oletta's luscious cinnamon rolls to come out of the oven.
No book is perfect and this one is no exception. I deducted 1/10th of a star for historical innacuracy. There are a couple of very minor details that I don't think would have occurred in 1967, but I could also be wrong. It's not as if I have asked the author about it, lol.
Overall, Saving CeCe Honeycutt is a delightful story, equally appropriate for reading at the beach or curled up by the fire. ...more
I read this book several years ago, so I can't give a concise synopsis of the book. I wish I could afford to have it on my Kindle, as it's back in theI read this book several years ago, so I can't give a concise synopsis of the book. I wish I could afford to have it on my Kindle, as it's back in the US with the rest of my worldly possessions.
I was extremely impressed with this book, so much so that I recommended it to everyone I knew. It stands out in my mind as being in the top 20 best non-classic books I've read. ...more