It is that time again. One of my favorite times of the year, and thanks to Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings I know that fall is soon approaching. Carl has put up the Readers Imbibing Peril again. I love this. It makes me want to have soup, fresh bread and hot cups of tea with a good book, while it rains. That makes me happy thinking about it.
This year I am going to do Peril the First. That is to read four books that fall under the genres of:
I always try to get horror novels. This is the only time that I try to read horror novels. This time I am looking at reading;
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Dark by James Herbert
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
Well, this is my list. Wish me luck on finding them all.
I can never say enough how much I love anthologies. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd is an amazing anthology. There were stories in there that made me laugh out loud, some that I wanted to skip and other that I wanted to find more from that author.
The first story had me, I could actually see what happened, and I loved it. Now I will say that not being a drama person that the stories that were about theater were not some of the ones that interested me but, they were still good stories. I am sure for the drama nerds they know exactly what is going on and can agree with all of that.
For me the gaming, and the con stories where the ones that I found to be the best, but that is what I know and am into. I can say that this book is heavy on geek speak and for a n00b some of the terms or what is being written about might be a bit hard to understand without a dictionary. Guess what? There is one in the back of the book.
I read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce for the TBR challenge. This is the story of a man who is stuck in his life, the routine that he and his wife have fallen comfortably into. Then one day he gets a letter from an old co-worker/friend he wrights a letter in response and walks it to the mailbox. From there he just keeps going. I will admit that parts of the story were a bit dull, but it is about reflection and walking.
I read this one day and it left me much to think about. I am still thinking about what it is that he did and went through on his walk. He is motivated by a misguided belief that will eventually change his life. There are some surprises in the story that I think would be spoilers to talk about, but for me they did make the characters and their motivation much more interesting. This book took me a night to read, that was not because of the pace or the story it was because I had to stop and think about what I had read.
At one point in the story Harold picks up followers, each there with a purpose that is unique to themselves. Some of the followers I liked and enjoyed other I would have liked to slap.
Take a day, a cuppa and read this book see if it makes you think.
I love short stories, and I love book, and I love bookstores. Shelf Life Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores Edited by Greg Etter fit the bill on all of this. Sixteen short stories that are amazing, some I liked more than others. Of course “Pixels Pixies” by Charles de Lint is one of my favorite, I just love his writing. In the de Lint story a bookstore owner has her computer turned on in the middle of the night, and the pixies escape the internet. They have to find a way to recapture them.
The other story in there that has become one of my favorites is “I am Looking For a Book..” by Patrick Weekes. “I an Looking For a Book” is just so funny. It is the story of an evil overlord who is looking for an ultimate source of power in a big box bookstore.
I know that everyone will have their own favorite stories in a book like this. If you get a chance to find it see what ones that you like.
I read Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff for my TBR challenge. This is a book that I have wanted to read for a while. The book is about Becca Thornton a woman starting menopause who just happens to live in a town where some women of that age are chosen to become werewolves.
I thought based on the blurb on the back of the book that this was going to a very funny book. It was a very good book, with some very serious reactions. There are hunters, some bad guys, economic problems, an ex-husband who is selfish, a new love interest and of course turning into a werewolf.
Once I got use to the idea that this book is not a comedy, I really liked it. I liked the way Becca became developed as both a human and a werewolf.
I am not sure what to say about The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. I loved the fact that the book was written in the first person plural. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I know that other books are written this way, but this one to me seemed to be more authentic in the though process. This is a basic coming of age story for each of the sisters. They each have challenges to face in the act of growing up. One has to learn to let go, one has to learn to grow up, and one has to learn to accept herself.
I liked this book for all that it is not my usual read. I have been trying to read book that are not my usual choice and I am happy that I read this one. There were several things that the women had to go through that I recognized in myself. I am not going to say more than that as each person who reads a book gets a different view of any story.
If you read it let me know what you think.
Wow, what an interesting book. I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot for my TBR challenge. I like reading books about the medical field and the advances that come from ideas, and experiments.
This is a story for and about you, and me but more importantly about the Lacks and what Henrietta did for the world. Yes, this one woman changed the course of the world in a way that she, when she was alive would have never imagined. If you have ever know anyone getting a treatment for cancer or have had a medication that is newer than 1952 this woman has had a part of the process in creating that medication.
The story is also about a family that was left in the dark, due to medical practices that are today considered unethical. The story is about law, and ethics and what belongs to who. Who should benefit and how things have changed. This is a story well worth reading, just to find out what happened and what is happening now.