Not only a coming of age story, but a jump back in time with established character Tenzing Norbu, giving the reade...moreAdvanced reader copy - via Netgalley
Not only a coming of age story, but a jump back in time with established character Tenzing Norbu, giving the reader a better understanding of his early life, and setting the ground work for his current decision making.
It’s a struggle for any young man whose parents are split up, but even more so for Tenzing as he divides his time between his secular mother, who struggles with alcohol addiction, and his father, a Buddhist instructor hidden within school walls, demanding perfection, and existing in a strictly structured environment.
It seems no matter the path Tenzing chooses he is unable to escape the anger of his father. The two worlds collide within Tenzing when faced with life changing choices, and he is viewed by most of his peers as a bit of a rebel. Even more trouble presents itself when the world outside the monastery infringes upon the peaceful harmony, and Tenzing must decide which path to ultimately follow.
I’ve enjoyed the first two books by Hendricks and Lindsay, and thought the authors handled the novella with grace and maturity beyond most twelve year olds, which is the age represented. They do set the tone for conflicting idealisms the adult is still trying to resolve, and come to terms with.
For fans of the Rules of Ten series, a recommended read. (less)
Sean Ferrell has created an apocalyptic world, where the only reliable thing for one particular time traveler is the yearly convention. This particula...moreSean Ferrell has created an apocalyptic world, where the only reliable thing for one particular time traveler is the yearly convention. This particular convention is special in that the only attendees are the time traveler and everyone of himself, about 80 in all, as the youngsters aren't allowed to attend.
Secrets run rampant between the elders and youngsters, as no one cares to share what is to come, so conversations are limited to the events taking place in previous conventions by the same individuals. And as the narrator moves through the years, he discovers he can manipulate small moments which begin to multiply as the years pass. Or is it just his imagination and over indulgence of alcohol that has led him to this conclusion?
Then one year, it all goes horribly wrong. At age 39 he witnesses his next year's version murdered in an elevator. As time ticks away, he must discover how to avoid being killed, and even with their very existence at stake, his older selves seem to become more of a detriment than help.
If that last paragraph was confusing, rest assured that the author does a fantastic job of keeping each of his protagonist’s selves separate and easily recognized throughout the fantastical tale.
My favorite part was the library job, where wheelbarrow's full of books were picked up out among the city blocks, carted back to the local library and filled into space where needed, while other's quickly pulled books to fill orders creating a never ending supply of empty spaces. Perpetual motion of books made my head spin faster than the multiple instances of the same character.
A quirky take on time travel, one man's isolation and self-discovery of what really matters most in life. (less)
What if your best friend had been missing for the last ten years, and suddenly you discover the picture of a heroic rescuer on the subway tracks looks...moreWhat if your best friend had been missing for the last ten years, and suddenly you discover the picture of a heroic rescuer on the subway tracks looks very familiar? And then every file related to that picture just as suddenly begins to disappear?
Alafair has written a compelling and multi-layered stand-alone novel that threatens to tear apart a marriage and leaves one wondering just how many secrets are kept by those around us. Her newest protagonist, a magazine journalist Mckenna Wright, begins a search for the missing woman who pulled a young man to safety moments before an arriving train. Convinced it is her missing friend a bystander captured on a video clip, she begins investigating and finds herself stonewalled at every turn. No one believes her, including her husband, and the police detective that initially investigated the disappearance almost a decade ago.
A solid outing with a satisfying ending, Alafair’s hit gold with If You Were Here. (less)