Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saint Mazie

Title: Saint Mazie

Author: Jami Attenberg [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9781455599905

Length: 321 pages

Obtained: Library book club copy

Why this book?:

For book discussion.  This was this group's last time having a discussion. :(

Comments:

I found this interesting, although it wasn't quite what I had expected.  I did check out the book that contains the story that inspired this, though I did not get around to reading it.  I'll try again.  Anyway, with spoilers I guess, though I think I'm glossing over the biggies...


Told in the perspective of interviews and journal entries, Mazie was a young girl taken in with her younger sister by her older sister and brother-in-law.  She lived a decent life at first, but she wanted to spread her wings, and in response she was put to work helping with the family's ticket booth at the theater.  Her younger sister, who always seemed so good took off to live the life.  And her older sister became increasing agitated and clingy as she was unable to have a child of her own.  So Mazie, caged in her booth, became the stable sister, despite her wild ways.  With her stability (and money from her brother-in-law who may have been involved in shady business), she was able to hold steady through the Great Depression, doing what she could for the homeless men.  Despite her own anxieties, depressions, and family drama.


Obviously the book made something of an impact as I am writing all of this many months after reading it and I still remember much of it, if not the fine details.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garrett Takes the Case: Old Tin Sorrows, Dread Brass Shadows, Red Iron Nights

Title: Garrett Takes the CaseOld Tin SorrowsDread Brass ShadowsRed Iron Nights

Author: Glen Cook [Macmillan][isfdb][Goodreads]

Publisher: ROC

Series: Garrett, P.I., Bks 4-6

ISBN: 9780451464361

Length: 680 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I read the first three in the series, and I was interested in reading more.

Comments:

Garrett's world continues on it's grim path, with more magic and evil, mystery and intrigue along the way.

Individually...

Old Tin Sorrows

This is a ghost story.  Garrett has gone to a creepy mansion with secrets (of course) and danger (of course), and has been hired to keep the General from being assassinated.  But Garrett's developing more questions than answers (as usual).  In the meantime he keep seeing a mysterious woman.  (One thing about these books is Garrett's relationship with women.  I generally feel like I should be offended.  Mostly I just find myself shaking my head and muttering, "Again?!"  Anyway, Garrett has woman things going on amidst the rest, because apparently he is irresistible and can't help himself.).

Dread Brass Shadows

I'm coming at this months after reading and having trouble remembering enough to write impressions.  I've re-read a blurb, and I recall various events, but my thoughts and feelings of the time?  They escape me.

Red Iron Nights

Garrett is working with the police as they rebuild and try to catch a serial killer in this one.  I'm going to leave it at that since now these stories are beginning to blend together for me.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Introvert Doodles

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1507200013/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1507200013&linkCode=as2&tag=madbymar-20&linkId=9f15c950c9bfbc41454b5d2a927fa086
Title: Introvert Doodles: Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World

Author: Maureen "Marzi" Wilson [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Adams Media

ISBN: 9781507200018

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I thought I would relate and that it would be a fun read.

Comments:

I've read other books of this sort by Allie Brosh, Sarah Andersen, etc. that I enjoyed much more.  I'm figuring the difference is the mental status.

Those books seemed to come more from a position of some mental issues (depression and the like) that I could relate to and find humor in.  This one seems to come more from a "I choose this life and I'm happy in it and you need to accept that".  That's well and good, this is her (Marzi's) life after all.  But as an introvert who does have those insecurities and who doesn't have tons of friends trying to talk to me (Because that's the main thing that bothered me.  She was always running away from friends and parties and so forth, and I don't even have those coming up in my life to run away from), I couldn't relate the way I had expected.

It was okay, and a quick read.

Note:
So I wrote the above awhile back (I am WAY BEHIND).  I was just finding and attaching the author bio so I could post, and I see she has a whole section on "Mental Heath".  Just poking around, I recognize some from the book.  So maybe it's a matter of perspective; I don't know.  What I do know is, I didn't really connect at the time of reading the book, and the above is accurate of my impressions.

Heroine Complex

Title: Heroine Complex

Author: Sarah Kuhn [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Publisher: DAW Books

ISBN: 9780756410841

Length: 376 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Sounded interesting.  I can't remember if I saw it in a review magazine or on Wowbrary, but whichever, I placed the hold/request.

Comments:

It's been a bit since I've read it, so I just re-read a couple pages to refresh my memory.  I think one of the most interesting parts of this book was that while it wasn't a graphic novel, it could have been.  The superhero story had the same flow.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Elementary, She Read

Title: Elementary, She Read

Author: Vicki Delaney [Website][Facebook][Twitteraka Eva Gates [Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Series: Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781683310969

Obtained: NetGalley

Why this book?:

I loved the cover, the Shelock Holmes Bookstore idea was appealing, and I've read and enjoyed Vicki Delany's books before.

Comments:

I enjoyed this book.  I liked Gemma, despite that manner that likens her to Sherlock.  The setting was fun (I've always liked the idea of owning a bookstore, and the Sherlock bit was particularly interesting to contemplate).  And while I did not have good feelings about the bad guy, I also didn't guess that he/she was the bad guy; I thought he/she was just not a likable character.

I look forward to reading more in this series.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Rocket Boys

Title: Rockets Boys aka October Sky

Author: Homer H. Hickam, Jr. [Website][Twitter][Facebookaka Sonny

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Series: Coalwood, Bk 1

ISBN: 038533320X

Length: 368 pages

Obtained: Library book club copy

Why this book?:

For a book club.

Comments:

I found this very interesting.  It reminded me why I enjoy memoirs.  The rocket part was interesting, and I was rooting for the boys to succeed (I do like that kind of story), but I was especially interested in the coal mining town and family aspect.  I have some of that in my ancestry, and I found myself mentally picturing my relatives in this town (though it seemed like it may not exactly be the usual).

I checked out the next book, The Coalwood Way, though to be honest I don't know if I'll get to it soon.  Nevertheless, I definitely want to continue reading Homer Hickam's books.  I'm not sure if I want to see the movie or not... That can always be a scary prospect.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I've Got Your Number

Title: I've Got Your Number

Author: Sophie Kinsella [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 9780385342070

Length: 433 pages

Obtained: Library book club copy

Why this book?:

For a book club.  I selected it for the book club because it sounded light and fun - a perfect pick-me-up for gloomy weather - and because the romance aspect would fit February.

Comments:

I read this early February, so my comments may be sparse.  This was fun and light-hearted, though I really wouldn't have reacted like either of the main characters to the situations they found themselves in.  I zipped through this, and found it difficult to get into another book after, hesitating to lose that feeling.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wonder

Title: Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio [Website][Twitter] aka Raquel J. Palacio

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN: 9780375869020

Length: 313 pages

Obtained: Library book club copy

Why this book?:

Picked as a book club book for one of the many book clubs I'm in.

Comments:

Auggie was born with severe facial differences and has gone through a series of corrective surgeries, but still looks very different from the typical 10-year-old boy.  His parents have decided it is time for him to go to school (rather than being homeschooled) for middle school.  This means learning how to navigate in the world where kids can be mean without the protection his family has always afforded him.

I found Wonder to be an interesting book.  Auggie was a very likable boy, occasionally being mopey and having "woe-is-me" moments, but he is only 10 (not to mention everything he had been through) so that made him more realistic.  The book offers great insight into how the phrase "it's the inside that counts" might be very true, so there is a moral to it all, along with issues of bullying, etc.

Auggie's family's dog, Daisy reminded me greatly of a dog we had... in all ways from the name to rolling over for belly rubs, to certain events in the book.  So much so that I don't remember how she was physically described, I just pictured my family's Daisy.

Anyway, at least one part had me sobbing, but I can't say what or why without spoilers.

I missed the book club, so I don't know what the others thought, but while writing this I was trying to remember who from Star Wars Auggie was compared to.  When I was looking in the book (I like Star Wars but I'm horrible with names) to see who it was and find a picture, I decided I want to re-read the book.  I figure that says something.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Last Detective

Title: The Last Detective

Author: Peter Lovesey [Website]; Introduction by Louise Penny [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: SOHO Crime

Series: Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781616955304

Length: 382 pages

Obtained: SOHO sent copies for my book club to discuss

Why this book?: See above.  But also, it sounded interesting and was the first in a series (always a perk).

Comments:

I enjoyed reading this story in a distant reflective way, I guess.  Peter Diamond doesn't feel like someone the reader gets close to any more than the men he works with (though I did like him).  I spent much of the story hoping he'd get past his pride and still make the break that solves the case.

As for the mystery itself, I wondered about the culprit, but had dismissed it.  I guess this is a procedural, which I read less of and have not adjusted to as much.  But the story was interesting when they had the various people of interest in for questioning.  I wonder how this became an extended series with how this one ended, so I would be interested in reading more.

Ready Player One

Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: B/D/W/Y

ISBN: 9780307887443

Length: 372 pages

Obtained: Library book kit copy

Why this book?:

Chosen for one of the book clubs I'm participating in.

Comments:

Well.  It's another future that I would like to avoid... very depressing and sad.  To an extent, though, I can see something like this happening with the current environmental concerns and overpopulation.  The technology is a bit more difficult for me to imagine despite some aspects of virtual reality already being out there.  I guess I'd like to think that people wouldn't all go the way of burying their heads in the sand and immersing themselves in a nonexistent world, though I know some do already.  The people of this future live their lives in virtual reality constantly, whether by gaming, movies, TV, ebooks, school, work, etc., while their physical worlds crumble and remain in drudgery.

As for the game, or contest, or quest - whatever you choose to call it - it was obsessive and another reason to avoid reality, and yet I could see some positives in at least having some sort of goal forthe future and persistence.

Anyway, I read it.  It caught me up for a time, and now it's over.