July 24, 2014
July 24, 2014
This was a “buzz” at BookExpo and seems like an interesting new take on the post-apocalypse. (Do you get the impression some people almost crave collapse?) I have an extra ARC and will be reading the other one this weekend. I’d love to pass both on eventually. Let’s compare notes.
“An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the TravelingSymphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it”– Provided by publisher.
July 22, 2014
For aficionados of Scandinavian crime fiction, complete with a prosecutor heroine, but with more legendary and mystical elements. And apparently Oprah likes this author, too! Comment to claim.
Oprah.com raved that Asa Larsson’s Rebecka Martinsson is a crime fighter who has all the needed gut instincts,” and listed the series as “Mysteries Every Thinking Woman Should Read.” In The Second Deadly Sin , dawn breaks in a forest in northern Sweden. Villagers gather to dispatch a rampaging bear. When the beast is brought to ground they are horrified to find the remains of a human hand inside its stomach. In nearby Kiruna, a woman is found murdered in her bed, her body a patchwork of vicious wounds, the word WHORE scrawled across the wall. Her grandson Marcus, already an orphan, is nowhere to be seen. Grasping for clues, Rebecka Martinsson begins to delve into the victim’s tragic family history. But with doubts over her mental health still lingering, she is ousted from the case by an arrogant and ambitious young prosecutor. Before long a chance lead draws Martinsson back into the thick of the action and her legendary courage is put to the test once more.
July 21, 2014
I’m not one to gobble up the Da Vinci Code read-alike list, but this one intrigued me for its focus on American history and the central question Lincoln faced and seemingly answered: Is the union perpetual or can states just leave if a majority of their populations really want to?
The Lincoln Myth uniquely covers the role of the LDS Church in preserving and challenging the union and the link between the Founders, Abraham Lincoln and Brigham Young. There’s also a spy vs. spy love triangle and non-stop action around Europe, Utah, D.C., and even Des Moines. Berry’s writing style is crisp and punctuates thought patterns to guide the reader through an intricate plot. The Lincoln Myth has a holds queue but I do have the arc for the first commenter.
July 17, 2014
This plot gets more and more intense as it progresses. This is coming out next month. I’ll make sure that the first to comment gets this. Thanks!
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways… Johannes’s gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation…or the architect of their destruction? Enchanting, beautifully written, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
July 14, 2014
The August list is out with an array of choices that interestingly (and unabashedly) includes titles from the romance and science fiction genres, as well as an international selection from an Indian American author. We have all of these on order in print. I have double checked audiobooks and all that we could purchase either are already or will be on order soon. In most cases it’s too soon to acquire the eBooks but we’ll be on the lookout. Right now I am reading the ARC of the Miniaturist, which is a delight, but I’ll hurry up and offer it on the blog soon.
Cain, Chelsea. One Kick.
“Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. And a new form of hell began. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies — meditation, Jungian, scream therapy. Nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggestedKick learn to fight…