I listened to this last book in the Raven Cycle series in the car. And frankly am not sure what to make of it. I enjoyed the prose and imagination of Stiefvater as always. I listened to this last book in the Raven Cycle series in the car. And frankly am not sure what to make of it. I enjoyed the prose and imagination of Stiefvater as always.
Tag - Fiction
I do not typically read novels about rich and glamorous people, but Beatriz Williams’ latest novel A Certain Age caught my eye. It caught my eye because it is a mystery hidden inside accounts of New York City life in the 1920s from the perspective of two women. From the publisher: As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young...
An intelligent espionage thriller that explores the complex nature of loyalty, patriotism and love amongst other things. Although, it is not really a typical thriller until the later part of the book. But at the heart of the story is the challenge and impact of secrets which grows out of espionage and an attempt to escape from it.
A well done exploration of family dynamics and relationships and the reverberations of choices made under pressure. Played out against the backdrop of the War in Iraq and the 24/7 media monster.
I thought it might be interesting to share with you, dear reader, books that caught my eye at the library but that I may not ever read/finish or review. To kick things off, here are two books I picked up during a short stop at the library during soccer practice when I stopped in to drop off some movies.
Daminificados by JJ Amaworo Wilson is a novel based on “The Tower of David” in the center of Caracas, Venezuela. The half-completed tower was occupied by thousands of homeless people during the 2007 housing crisis in that city. Wilson uses the occupation as inspiration to write about a group of damnificados (vagabonds and misfits) who take over the tower and fight to keep their hold on the tower. Wilson masterfully tells of the struggle between the poor and the powerful (Torres...
A slow moving, but creative, mix of history, espionage and confidence games. It does take a while to build momentum and the ending felt odd. Still, the multi-layered meaty middle was quite compelling and for a debut model it is pretty impressive.
A Death in Sweden is a quick and entertaining read. With a nice blend of tension, mystery, action and, yes, a little romance. It isn't really an action thriller and not your typical spy thriller either. It felt to me more like a mystery with espionage and action elements.
If you enjoy light-handed satire and humor and don't need a lot of narrative drive or suspense you will enjoy The Jesus Cow. If you have lived in small town middle America you will chuckle at the accurate portrayal of the characters one finds there. But like the Midwest, it can meander a bit and take its time getting to where it's going.