2 big name authors for 1 great price

December 1, 2010


Anita Shreve has many fans (though i am not one of them) waiting for her latest, “Rescue.”  LJ, Booklist, and the like give it fair-to-middling reviews with frequent mentions of book club material.  from the publisher’s blurb:

After his wife, Sheila, abandons him, paramedic Peter Webster is left to raise their daughter alone, until Sheila contacts him nineteen years later, dredging up years of buried questions and making him wonder why their marriage unraveled.

my favorite review line comes from Kirkus (shocker!):

A pale novel, heavy on uplift and padded with episodes of Webster responding as an EMT to various crises, but it’s hard not to root for such a WASP mensch.

ahhh, thanks for the laugh.  anyway, free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee who wants to snag this one after my completely unbiased and non-snarky take on it (sorry).  just mention that you want the Shreve title specifically.

and now for something completely different.  Dennis Lehane’s “Moonlight Mile” is a sequel to “Gone, Baby, Gone.”  the LJ verdict is

Longtime readers will appreciate how Lehane’s protagonists have believably aged. Fatherhood has mellowed Patrick, but he’s not above inflicting a little pain with the help of sidekick Bubba. Temporarily a stay-at-home mom, Angie misses the hard-edged excitement of her old life. A few false notes involve some cartoonish Russian villains, but the resolution, while sad to series fans, makes perfect sense.

the starred Kirkus review reminds us that Lehane has successfully “fooled” readers before with endings.  EW gave it a ‘B.’

free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to comment on this particular title, just let me know which one you want.

posting by marin


4 Responses to “2 big name authors for 1 great price”

  1. Darren Says:

    I’d love to read Rescue’s ARC. As for snarky comments on books, I think you’re morally entitled to give what you can take.

  2. bbuckingham Says:

    My brother is waiting to read this one. I’ll take it. He enjoyed the previous novels by Lehane.

  3. myounker Says:

    darren, it’s extra snark probably due to the fact that i frequently don’t like/get what everyone else loves = backlash

  4. David Says:

    Anita Shreve wrote the only book I threw against the wall when I finished it (“The Last Time They Met”). I really enjoy Lehane, and the new one, though still dealing with the grim finale of “Gone, Baby, Gone”, actually has some much needed humor. (I especially loved the scene with the Russian mobster trying to unload some hot Kindles: “I can’t give these things away!”)

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