Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Addison Goodheart is 8 and there is something very wrong with him. His mother can hardly tolerate to look at him and sends him out into the wilderness until she can face his presence again. She tells him the story of the midwife who, horrified by what she saw, would have killed him had his mother not pulled a knife to defend him.
One day, while wandering the woods during a banishment from the isolated cabin that is all the home he has ever known, Addison is spotted by a hunter. The hunter, who is enraged by the sight of Addison, tracks him through the woods.
This short story is the prequel to a series which begins with the book Innocence and that was released in December 2013. I will be adding it to my list the second I finish this review.
I adore Dean Koontz. My favorite book of his is From the Corner of His Eye. I am particularly pulled in by his treatment of good and evil. No moral ambiguity for Koontz, which I find refreshing.
One day, a humble woodcutter saves the life of a hunted deer. In gratitude, the deer tells the hunter how he might win a beautiful fairy as his wife. Daily the fairies descend from heaven to bathe in a pool in the mountains. If the woodcutter journeys to the pool he will find all of the feathery robes which belong to the fairies. Should he take one robe and hide it, the fairy whose robe he has hidden will not be able to return to heaven and will become his wife. The deer cautions that he must always keep the robe hidden, until the time that the fairy has given birth to four children else he will regret it.
Folktales make me wonder, who is the person that first told this story? What is the genesis of it? What folktales will our grandchildren know?
Monday, October 7, 2013
It is interesting that Freud had a relationship with his sister-in-law. She lived in their house for 40 years and helped his wife raise her 6 children. The authors even make the claim that she had an abortion at some point. However, I kind of hate when books try to re-write or create history for us.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I was a bit apprehensive about this book because I read another of her books In the Woods which was sooooooo disappointing. Basically, while that one ended, a huge portion of the story was NEVER EXPLAINED. Which is not cool Tana French. BUT, the story itself was so intriguing, so I thought I would check this out.
I finished this book a few days ago and then I have been thinking about the story and thinking about the story. I REALLY liked this book. It was pretty disturbing. It wasn't hugely gory but I just can't stop thinking about it.
A family has been murdered and only the mother survives. The family's computer has been wiped clean and their are signs that some weird things were going on in the house. The story follows 2 police detectives and their quest to find out what happened and why.
It's a great book and there are a lot of things to discuss.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
This book took a few chapters for me to get engaged in. HOWEVER, after that, I really loved this book. It is the story of an emigrant family in New York. The matriarch Manya, is a widow raising two small children, her son Jack and her little sister sent from Odessa. The story follows Manya, her child, her sister and her grandchildren. It is an enlightening story about what life was like for those in the Jewish Ghettos of New York. I really liked this book, it would be fabulous for a book club study. According to the book notes, much of this story was autobiographical and this is the now deceased author's only novel. She did write a book about censorship and testified as an expert witness in an obscenity trial involving the banning in San Diego of Henry Miller's controversial novel, "Tropic of Cancer." Fascinating and so different from any of my experiences. A great book!