Week 7 – 2018

In the interest of eventually catching up, I am posting another week. Plus the book I am currently reading has really short chapters and I’m sick of cleaning. Only in my mind are all of these things correlated. Anyway, Week 7 covers February 12 – 18. Feedback, as always, is encouraged, treasured even.

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore – I actually bought this book and went to the book signing. This is definitely one of my favorite authors. I was a little sad to have missed his latest book signing, but I wasn’t exactly going to put off going to Paris to get a book signed. Anyway… this is Fool #2. I thought this was hilarious. I love this character. I already stated that I love this author. I would definitely recommend reading the first book and then this one. This one mixes the plots of The Merchant of VeniceThe Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allen Poe) and Othello, but with a lot more jokes and from the perspective of the fool from King Lear. I know you’re intrigued. I’m giving it 5 stars.

The Living Room by Graham Greene – I borrowed this as an audiobook from the Boston Public Library. It is a full cast production of a play. Sometimes these are a little weird. Plays are really visual and in this case, you are relying on the actors’ voices to tell the entire story. I liked this and I thought it was really interesting. It basically examines sin and superstition. The characters block off rooms as someone dies in them. Finally there are no rooms left and they need to either alter their superstitions or move (literally) to another house. I’m giving it 3 stars.

 

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This one was really good. An Internet blogger decides to investigate an old solved murder. She questions what really happened the night that Charles Buhrman was murdered and if the right person is currently in prison. Josie and Lanie are twins and they haven’t spoken in years. Josie even changed her name and never mentioned to her partner that her father was murdered or that she had a sister at all, let alone a twin. When their mother commits suicide, Josie is forced to actually deal with this life that she used to have as well as the fact that she never told anyone in her new life what happened to her family. I don’t normally do a synopsis. Sorry. This was good. The story is compelling. The only thing that I found weird about it was that the mother of the convicted killer and Lanie are both named Melanie. It’s like naming all of your characters Mary and then calling them all by their middle names, which I think only happens in real life, not in stories. I’m just curious why the author chose to do this. I’m giving this 4 stars.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This was a book club pick. I believe it was also on my list of really good novels that aren’t very long. This is another one of those immigrant stories that have become vastly more popular recently. In this, a family moves to Delaware in order to get schooling for their daughter who experienced a traumatic brain incident when she fell off a ladder. She is still her original beautiful self, but her brain isn’t quite where the rest of her remains. The boys in the neighborhood become interested in her and her parents go to extreme lengths in order to keep her safe. This is just part of the story. The neighbors also get to tell all of their unique situations. I’m giving this one 4 stars.

Year One by Nora Roberts – I borrowed this as an actual book from one of my book club friends. I believe she actually won this in a Goodreads giveaway. This is Chronicles of The One #1. This is dystopian fantasy. In this, there is an event that causes the latent magical powers of some of the population to awaken. A global plague takes out most of the population in the meantime, presumably saving the ones with new found powers as well as some people that continue to be normal. As people head west in an attempt to recover some semblance of normalcy, they encounter all manner of challenges along the way until they band together in a community, but are they really ever safe? And what lies in store for the next generation? This was really very good. It is definitely a new genre for the author as well. I’m interested in finding out what happens in the next book. I’m giving it 4 stars.

And again, let me know what you think or if you have any recommendations.

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