exclusively of books from
series with which I am enamored!
historical fiction! And there is also mystery/suspense involved!
I have read here. How can I best describe this book?
It's virtually impossible because it is so very unique, IMHO!
I can tell you that the Borders Book Club read it and
each member RAVED about it. We also very much appreciated
Mr. Markert taking time to speak with us during our discussion!
virtually anyone and everyone, but this is one of those.
And it needs to get more press than it has in the past, IMHO!
in the very near future...if only there was more reading time! :)
My rereads are typically books I haven't read for DECADES,
not just within the past 5-10 years.
[This is what happens when you get "wiser," you can remember experiences
from decades ago! :) Which I actually think is rather remarkable!]
I met Ritter and became aware of this book through the
Christamore House Guild Book and Author Benefit in 2015.
(If you're ever going to be in Indianapolis in April, attend this event,
if at all possible. It is unique and definitely worth the time and money, the latter of which goes to a very good cause--supporting
scholarships for students with limited financial resources!)
(having been burned by a couple), this one is definitely top-notch!
Ritter spent his youth in Indianapolis and this book is very very loosely based upon
some of his experiences and people from his younger years, including his family.
And, it contains elements of both of my favorite genres,
historical fiction AND mystery! :) I feel that Martin's writing style
is very similar to Dan Brown's, and that must be a good thing,
in my book! (Pun intended!) :)
I was fascinated by the plot as well as the historical details
masterfully interwoven throughout...
(August 10-21) that begins tomorrow!
And...Andrea has agreed to complete an author interview
which will be posted here! And...she has a new release out!
The Silence of Stone! It is available for purchase from
Books-A-Million, Book Depository, Wordery, IndieBound, and
Barnes and Noble. (I'm sure it's also available on Amazon,
but you're on your own with that vendor!)
I will post reviews
selected as a Fiction Expert read for Borders.
I was very glad to have read it.
Certain images and the overall plot certainly remain
lodged in my mind these 6 years later! That says something! Something good! Geye is a master at using the environment as a character in and of itself. The lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota emphasized aspects of the story:
loneliness, isolation, solitude,
returning to nature.
Though many aspects of human life were explored: fertility, death, the "right to die,"
and all those wonderful (*cough cough*)
At the time I read somewhere that this
book qualified as "chick lit" for guys.
I have no idea about that, but I do know
that I personally found it be a powerful read, especially for a debut!
He has had two other books released
since this one:
into juvenile literature, but I do so enjoy reading "kid's lit"!
The story of Prairie is so very poignant!
I don't know how anyone could resist rooting for her!
longer writing/publishing! :(
I felt this was an excellent debut novel!
Ironically, just as Edith believes she has
hidden her past, it comes right up and punches her!
I didn't believe Edith quite deserved the bad treatment she received,
though that would be a very difficult thing to forgive...
by W. Bruce Cameron
I liked having that introduction to
these characters, Ruddy and Jake.
I admit that after receiving an email from
Mr. Cameron, asking if I would
read and review this book,
when I saw the cover my reaction
was kinda "meh"...
Although I have adored every one of
his publications I have read,
so that was the motivation for me to continue onward, reading and reviewing it! Some of the raucous humor
in this book reminded me of
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series!
(And that's some high praise, coming from me! lol)
And I am thrilled that the promised sequel, Repo Madness,
is due to be released August 23 2016! YES!!!
Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron
I'm uncertain if I've ever read a book which better depicted
an adolescent--so much hesitation,
so little confidence, so "clueless" at times!
This one gives you so very much to ponder...
And, of course, don't forget about LOVE:
first loves and girlfriends, loving/"romantic" relationships
later in life, and just how committed/connected we remain
to those we've lost...and have we really "lost" them?
Will we have the opportunity to reconnect with them
in the future? In this lifetime? In another lifetime?
Ahhh...the possibilities are endless...
Thank you for taking the risk to write this story, Mr. Cameron!
Everyone in our book club truly enjoyed this book!
I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads.
As I told my book club members about it, they decided
they wanted to read it, too, so we did!
Each member really enjoyed it and it prompted
much valuable discussion: ecological issues
and climate change, love between humans and
animal companions, and impetuous actions
that end up providing such benefits!
Though we all cried!
It seems that my time becomes more and more limited,
or perhaps I am just so much more enamored with reading that I find it
increasingly difficult to publish on the blog...
I am currently helping at an information desk in the lobby of our building on campus,
so brought my laptop so I can access the Registrar's website,
faculty/staff directory, etc., in helping guide students,
then thought I should access the blog and see what I might be able to finish and publish
during the lag time between students.