Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Fold by Peter Clines

I just finished The Fold by Peter Clibes. The book tells the story of a secret government project which has solved the puzzle and accomplished teleportation.  Out in the desert, two portals have been built which enable you to walk through one and come out the other that just happens to be a mile away across the desert.  Only something seems a little off.  So an outsider with a photographic memory is sent out to observe the team and the doors.  
My favorite thing about the book was the details on what it is like to possess a photographic memory.  The author uses the analogy of ants who are endlessly marching through his brain carrying facts and facts and facts.  I found the character's defense mechanism against his abilities fascinating. I really enjoyed the book, however the ending seemed to wrap up a little too easily.  Overall a really great book! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy

This book combines the stories of two women who come to their children in unusual ways, hundreds of years apart.
The first, Eden, has moved to a small town and into a historic home which may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.  She must determine the path her life will take after her plans do not come to fruition. She befriends several of her small town neighbors while investigating the history of her home and deciding which paths in life to follow.
The second is Sarah Brown, true-life daughter of John Brown as in the Riad on Harper's Ferry.  After her father is executed for his part in the plot to cause a slave uprising, Sarah must determine which path she must follow.
The story jumps back and forth between two women, who separated by centuries, still have a lot in common.
I really enjoyed this book, especially learning some of the back story on a famous historical event.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

After a dream of blood and murder, Yeong-Han throws out all the meat and animal products in her home. Her husband, who married her as she was plain and quiet and would be no trouble, IS troubled. As is her family. YEong-Han begins a slow descent into mental illness. Her story is lyrically told through the voices of her husband, her brother-in-law and finally her sister. We see each of them more clearly by how they deal with Yeong-Han's worsening condition. It is a haunting story with beautiful imagery. The story stays with you and I find myself thinking back over it at odd moments. This would be a really great book for a group discussion.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

I just finished reading The Quality of Silence.  Wow.  It was that kind of intense book that had me wanting to flip ahead just to release some of the tension and fear I felt for the safety of the characters.   I restrained myself, but barely.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Ruby, a young girl who is completely deaf,  and her mother,    Yasmin.  The two have flown across the ocean from England to Alaska in order to demand that Matt (father and husband) come home.  He is in Alaska studying wildlife in the frozen dark winter of the Artic Circle.  This has taken him to a remote native village.  Upon landing in Alaska the pair is met by the police, not Matt.  There has been an accident in the village.
From their we are swirled off into a menacing cold darkness in a quest to find Matt.  It is a dark (literally and figuratively) journey full of menace and foreboding.
I found this book very engrossing and informative.  I loved the characters of Yasmin and Ruby.  But this book was a challenging one to get into.  It took me about 20 pages to get used to the authors rhythm, but once in it was hard to put down (and to not flip ahead).  It was quite thrilling and scary to me, with lots of menacing characters (one of which was Alaska itself).  I really liked this book but it's not for the casual reader.   Great ending!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

This book was really illuminating when it
comes to women's rights in certain Muslim countries. Two stories are presented:  that of Rahima, who as a child, lives as a boy in able to allow her to attend school which she can not do as a young girl and Shekiba her great-great grandma, who also lived as male for a time. Shekiba lives in the time when Afghanistan first gains its independence and Rahima lives under the Taluban and the American war in Afghanistan. Not my favorite book but definitely worh readin and a true education on how lucky we are, as females, to live here. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I loved this book and found it so true to my current life and lifestyle. The story centers around a group of disparate women united by the fact that their children are in the same kindergarten class. The book starts after something criminal has occurred at the big school fundraiser and apparently someone is dead. The author then starts at the beginning and we see how the women met, the small cruelties they inflict on each other and the kids and the personal problems they have at home. It is very approachable writing wih humor and heart and I loved loved it!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Wow was this fascinating. This is book about the last person to be executed in Iceland. Based on years of research and incorporating text from historical documents, the author tells a story that is heartbreaking and mesmerizing.  A young woman who is utterly alone in the world has be condemned to death for the murder of her employer. While
Awaiting her death by beheading, she is sent to be housed as a servant and prisoner in the house of a farming family. 
I found this book terribly moving and it really begs the question as to why some people just seem to get a really rough set of circumstances and others do not. It's as if there are two worlds that do touch but most are not free to roam back and forth. An educational and heart-breaking story.