In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I purchased this book. The opinions expressed are mine and no mone(From my blog: Quill Café)
In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I purchased this book. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher.
Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist are two ranch hands, working Brokeback Mountain one summer. A friendship develops into something deeper but when summer ends, they part ways.
In a span over twenty years the two men come together, trying to hold onto each other in the midst of their messed up lives.
In the brief moments they share together, can their relationship manage to survive?
I learnt of this book back in '05. I was determined to cease my procrastinating ways and do research for an essay. That blew out the window when an ad for the upcoming film adaptation for 'Brokeback Mountain' caught my eye. I wrote my paper on the morning it was due.
Stubborn to read the book before I saw the film (which I was able to see in cinemas since the rating in the Netherlands was only 12, not 16) I was lucky enough to find a single copy in a store. (Obscure book finds are epic win when you live in a non-English speaking country). At home, I closed myself in my room and finished it in one sitting.
Now, I have done the same.
'Brokeback Mountain' gets you in the gut and stays with you for a time far longer than it took you to read the thing.
The characters are so real that it seems to me that they must exist out there in some form, from some time. The imagery is stunning, not in a sense that it's flowery or anything but ripe and gritty in a way that pulls you in and shows you that the world's no lullaby.
'Brokeback Mountain' is a novella but even though it spans two decades, its short length really captures the brevity of the time that Ennis and Jack had together during that period.
The relationship that the two men share is a tough one, hurdled by fear and circumstance. In the end, it is Jack who has my heart. Even though I can empathise with Ennis, I feel that he made his own situation and it was his own reluctance and mistakes he had to blame.
'Brokeback Mountain' is a powerful read that I would recommend to anyone who wants a story that will forever imprint itself in your mind and your heart....more
Finley Jayne is unlike other young women. With her good heart, she has a temper and an unnatural strength. When her most recent actions leave her unemFinley Jayne is unlike other young women. With her good heart, she has a temper and an unnatural strength. When her most recent actions leave her unemployed, Finley is surprised to be approached soon after by Lady Morton and hired to be a companion for her daughter, Phoebe.
Phoebe is to soon be married but there is something eerie about the engagement. Something sinister is afoot and it is up to Finley’s good heart and abnormal talents to find out what.
Can Finley save Phoebe from her sealed fate?
I snatched up this free novella on Kindle, unaware that it was the prequel to ‘The Girl in The Steel Corset’, which I not only had a copy of but had been signed by the author, who had complemented my eyes. Yes, I have a slight weakness to compliments. Curse my wavering vanity!
‘The Strange Case of Finley Jayne’ was a compelling read. It took me until the midpoint of the novel to understand the eerie mystery of the plot but while it was fascinating to read, the real reason I enjoyed this book was the insight into the protagonist.
Finley is unsuited to the upper class world that Phoebe and her mother live in. She is a free spirit who knows that she has a dark and dangerous side but sometimes knows she must give into it – and wants to – so that she can do what is right and help those she cares for.
There is plenty of humour in Finley, which makes her such a wonderful character to read about. This may be a good read in itself but it works an effective gateway into The Steampunk Chronicles as it connects the reader to the protagonist. After all, without a likeable main character, a series can fall flat.
The novel is set in London and the vernacular is impeccable, spoiled only a little by the American spelling of words like "neighbor" and "pajamas." It really felt like I was encompassed by Victorian England.
I can’t wait to start reading ‘The Girl in the Steel Corset’* since I just spent ages looking through my shelf thinking I had lost it. Thankfully it had just been alphabetised too early under “C.”
In the English countryside, Canterville Chase has been haunted by the ghost Sir. Simon of Canterville, ever since he was punished for the murder of hiIn the English countryside, Canterville Chase has been haunted by the ghost Sir. Simon of Canterville, ever since he was punished for the murder of his wife. Sir. Simon has terrified each of the house's residents for years but now he faces a family, the likes of which he has never encountered - Americans.
A short novel about a ghost? Haunting? Not my area. I don't read horror. Wait, it's written by Oscar Wilde? Yes please.
Everything I have read by Oscar Wilde (and I still have a way to go) has been well worth the gander. In this novella, Wilde brings sentiment and hilarity to an otherwise eerie story. Sir. Simon of Canterville is not an innocent character but neither is he depicted as someone who is strictly evil or inhuman. Indeed, despite no longer being alive, he still has the capability to get depressed and catch a cold.
'The Canterville Ghost' is much a comment British and American contrasts as it is of Gothic literature. Wilde has fun with the societal differences but doesn't fail to create a story that is engaging and emotional. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much but I'm glad I did.
I listened to the novella on audio book, narrated by Rupert Degas. Not only did he do an excellent job of bringing the characters to life with his array of accents and theatricality but the sound effects used were some of the best I have come across. In fact, most audio books I listen to do not include sound effects at all. I'm not sure why because they enveloped me in the eerie setting of the story. Sir. Simon's presence was alive in the creaks, shudders and groans.
This is a short read/listen but well worth the time spent. Splendid.
In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I received this book from Spencer Hill Press at Book Expo America.(From my blog: Quill Café)
In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I received this book from Spencer Hill Press at Book Expo America. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher. I previously interned for Spencer Hill Press. I did not work in relation to this title, and all remarks made are mine, prior to the internship.
Alex is a half-blood, the daughter of a mortal and a Hematoi: the child of a demigod. For the past three years, Alex and her mother have been running from an unnamed threat in their past, living among the mortals.
Now, the past has caught up with them and the daimons – which live to feed off the Hematoi and the half-bloods – have come for them. Alex must make a decision: face her present danger or run back to the unknown dangers of her past.
From the start of this novella, I was captivated by Alex's voice. She has a passion and a feistiness that I found refreshing. She doesn't back down at a challenge or a threat.
Alex is more than mortal. She has strengths that give her the upper hand in combat but she is not super-human. She is weaker than a pure-blood (the Hematoi) and other supernatural beings, like the daimons, are not an easy battle to come up against.
What I really appreciated was the balance of the tension and action against the moments Alex shares with her mother, and how she is shown to be as caring and vulnerable as she is strong.
This was a very compelling and satisfying read. Daimon is the prequel to Half-Blood and leads straight up to the beginning of the novel, so be warned that you may be left itching for the next installment, which is being released on the 15th of September 2011. I know I look forward to reading it....more