When one looks back on Richard Godwin's writing career, Meaningful Conversations will, I have no doubt of this, be named one of the author's most impoWhen one looks back on Richard Godwin's writing career, Meaningful Conversations will, I have no doubt of this, be named one of the author's most important works and an extraordinary contribution to the genre of psychological horror and contemporary noir fiction.
Bertrand Maver may not serve up pan-seared human brain with chianti and fava beans, but he is more than a match for Lecter and in Meaningful Conversations, Richard unleashes a psychopath Thomas Harris only wishes he had written.
Richard's unique wit and brilliant turn-of-phrase are showcased perfectly in Meaningful Conversations and as I have said before... his writing never disappoints.
The pacing of Meaningful Conversations leaves one breathless at times as the madness of the man behind the cello increases almost exponentially, struggling to keep up with Bertrand's psychoses - don't you just love a multi-faceted psychopath?
One thing that particularly stood out for me in Meaningful Conversations - aside of course from the fact that Richard's writing is bloody brilliant! - is the metaphor of the lipstick and man's domination of / dominion over 'weaker' women; although, this is really only part of the metaphor. Now, before some of you get your kit bunched up, no, I am NOT saying women are weak or that man is the stronger of the sexes and if that is all you got out of my words, you need to go back and re-read the book.
Others before me have made the literary comparisons to some of the greats of the last two centuries so I won't go on about that here, other than to say that they are all spot on!
Richard's tense narrative, interwoven with pathos, humour, erotica and psychopathy, make Meaningful Conversations a story that will long be remembered, discussed and dissected. And a definite 'must-read'!
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw (Writing under a large, rain-drenched mushroom, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest)...more
(Reviewer's note - I received a complimentary copy of the Audible book in exchange for an honest review.)
I don't read romance, although I am a hopeles(Reviewer's note - I received a complimentary copy of the Audible book in exchange for an honest review.)
I don't read romance, although I am a hopeless romantic. I don't read paranormal, although I do have my own vampyre character, who totally defies stereotype.
I don't read paranormal romances.
But... I am always open to new genres. One can't have an open mind if it closed to some things.
For a 'first-timer' to the paranormal/romance genre, Accepting the Moon is a wonderful introduction to the world of werewolves and vampires and how they intermingle and interact with 'humans'. I do know a bit of the mythology surrounding vampires and werewolves and I am glad to see Kristie stepping outside the stereotype of these two mythical (?) creatures to bring a thoroughly engrossing tale, and a very promising series, to her readers.
The author weaves a tale both captivating and promising, pulling the reader along with almost non-stop suspense and action. Yet, she doesn't bog the reader down in a lot of useless 'stuff' or lose the reader in one-too-many plot twists/turns. The story is paced very well, pulling the reader but not dragging them or leaving behind.
Kristie tells the story in three voices... the three main characters - Mena, Jackson and Phoenix... weaving backstory seamlessly into the present moment. I hesitate to go too much into the story itself and spoil it for others, but I will say that I received a few surprises as I read through - or, rather listened - the story and came away quite impressed. As well as completely captivated!
The author's storytelling prowess is a testament to that.
Accepting the Moon is skillfully written, weaving characters and plot to bring the reader a story long remembered after the last page is read.
And wanting more, I might add.
Accepting the Moon is a very well-written prequel to a promising new series - MOONRISING - by the incredibly talented writer and author, K.S. Haigwood and I recommend this book as well as the upcoming series without reservation.
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw (writing under a large mushroom somewhere in the Pacific Northwest) ...more
Lily Childs shows once again why she is the Queen of horror/urban fantasy. Within Wet Walls is a wonderfully crafted story... dark and dripping with eLily Childs shows once again why she is the Queen of horror/urban fantasy. Within Wet Walls is a wonderfully crafted story... dark and dripping with erotica... necrotica... fantasy... a thirsting for life at all costs... told only as Lily can. Within Wet Walls is a stunning tapestry of death, desire, drugs and disrepute... woven from the rich fabric of Lily's ever fertile imagination.
Wealdstone is a stately old manor of indeterminate age... weathering through seasons of repute and seasons of disrepute, but one thing remains constant...
The dark secrets that lie within the walls of Wealdstone. The dark, deadly secrets. The creatures... the spirits... that roam the rooms and corridors of the old manor. The beings... living but long dead that become the 'life blood' for those dark secrets whose 'lives' are measured not in hours and days, but seasons... seasons of man.
Beings who 'live' in the exquisiteness of death. Beings who 'taste the terror' of their....
Oh, but let's not be spoiling it here, eh?
No other writer I know holds a candle to Lily when it comes to telling a tale guaranteed to leave one stifling a scream... sleeping, albeit a most restless sleep, with a night light on for nights on end... and the echo of her words remaining long, long after the last page is turned and the cover closed.
Brava, Lily... Brava!
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw (writing under a large mushroom, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest)...more
In Buried Prey, one will find some of the best plotting in contemporary fiction, bar none! An engrossing tale, one has to constantly remind themselvesIn Buried Prey, one will find some of the best plotting in contemporary fiction, bar none! An engrossing tale, one has to constantly remind themselves to breathe as they wend their wave through brilliant characterization and tight, suspenseful writing. Buried Prey is definitely a must-read!...more
Some of the best dialogue in Mr Sandford's Prey series is found in Naked Prey. As any writer will tell you, dialogue can sink or sail a story. With MrSome of the best dialogue in Mr Sandford's Prey series is found in Naked Prey. As any writer will tell you, dialogue can sink or sail a story. With Mr. Sandford's talent for riveting dialogue, Naked Prey definitely sails the sea of books out there straight to the forefront!...more
John Sandford just keeps getting better and better! In Phantom Prey, the tension builds tighter than a piano wire twisted around the throat of a 'wiseJohn Sandford just keeps getting better and better! In Phantom Prey, the tension builds tighter than a piano wire twisted around the throat of a 'wise guy'!...more
Sister Girl is an exciting, often edge-of-your-seat, and moving read. Jonna Ivin tells an incredible story with truly unforgettable characters, weavinSister Girl is an exciting, often edge-of-your-seat, and moving read. Jonna Ivin tells an incredible story with truly unforgettable characters, weaving a tale rich with emotion and experience.
Sister Girl is the story of Tess, a girl whom life has truly been most unfair to. Or has it?
Tess is the girl some... a few, handful at most... of us were and many of us wanted to be. Tess is the girl I would have wanted in an older sister. She is truly amazing, not to take anything anyway from the other characters in the book.
Sister Girl is one of those rare books that will stay with the reader long after the last page has been read and the book put back on the shelf.
I recommend Sister Girl without hesitation. Jonna Ivin is an amazing storyteller with a voice that is refreshingly honest.
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw (Writing under a large mushroom, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest)...more