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Back to School Blues, Books Read and Books to Write

Back to School Blues, Books Read and Books to Write

In the next few weeks, I hope to have the cover of Killing the Kordovas finalized. It’s been an arduous journey writing and editing, but I am happy to have finished another to release this year. I say this every time I finish a book, but I believe it rings true with this one – Kordovas is perhaps the most “way-out” there thing I’ve written. Mind you, I have an anthology of odd stories out now in The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo. Even though the new book isn’t out yet, but I’m already seeking to top it with my next work. Project AK is in the outline stage now, and I have another work to start.

In the meantime, I’m still reading. I slacked off a bit during vacation, since I spent more time outside than with a book. I did manage to get a few put away toward my goal of 125:

Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek, #4)Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC received from NetGalley.

This is the first Whiskey Creek novel I have had, as well as my first Brenda Novak book. I had previewed the book on Ms. Novak’s website, and the excerpt proved compelling enough to get me to read the book. If you start here I don’t think you’ll be lost – this story about a woman returning to her hometown years after a horrifying event is written in a way that you can follow the community easily. The tension between the emotional bruised Addy and Noah is palpable and you are pushed to read forward. There is an element of mystery involved, namely who is involved in scaring Addy out of town, and Novak managed to keep me guessing for a while.

Because I’ve read this book, I am intrigued to read the other Whiskey Creek novels.

Queen's GambitQueen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC received from NetGalley

I love Tudor-set stories, and Queen’s Gambit stars a queen who doesn’t receive as much attention as the previous wives of Henry V. Katherine Parr led a short but fascinating life – as the object of affection of two men (one the most powerful in England), Katherine fought her natural instincts toward love and deferred to duty.

Queen’s Gambit flows quickly in a fictional retelling of Henry V’s final marriage, concentrating mainly on the Parr household – Katherine’s stepdaughter and the people in her employ. A great addition to the bookshelf of anybody who enjoys Tudor fact and fiction.

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Manic Monday: What I’m Reading

Manic Monday: What I’m Reading

When you work in publishing in book sales, you have an awesome. Where else can you read for a living and tell people about great books? What’s more, I pick and choose the titles that appeal to me, and I read across a variety of genres, so if you’re looking for something different I can hopefully help.

It’s been a busy summer as far as books are concerned. Right now I’m halfway through Nothing to Lose: the Making of KISS (1972-1975), an oral history of the band. A detailed review will appear on Books That Rock Us, and I can tell you now it’s very detailed. Definitely one for the KISS Army.

What else have I read?

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil ReturnsRevenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got into an argument once with somebody about The Devil Wears Prada. This person loved that book, and I enjoyed it up until a point. I never liked the climatic scene where Andy finally confronts Miranda – it played too weakly for me, and the denouement did little to save it. I have not seen the movie.

Nonetheless, sequels intrigue me, and I picked up Revenge despite the less than glowing reviews here. Seems this is not the book everybody hoped to read – readers wanted an actual revenge plot. I’ll agree with other readers that Andy’s character doesn’t appear to have grown since Devil, but I did like that she was determined not to go along with the resurrected interest in Miranda and the “devil’s” interest in her wedding magazine. Miranda is not a major player in the book (maybe in spirit, as she forever lingers as an evil specter in Andy’s mind), and people wonder “Where’s the actual revenge?”

My theory: it’s all mental. Andy had finally found success in her chosen field, had the man she loved, etc. Contact with Miranda after ten years, which led to the latter’s interest in acquiring Andy’s property, instigated the revenge. Just hearing the woman’s name sets Andy spiraling into anxiety and paranoia, to the point it eventually takes nearly everything from her.

That said, I didn’t hate the book. I still wish Andy had grabbed Miranda by the neck in the first book and plunged her head into a toilet. I don’t know if we can expect a third book.

Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek, #4)Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC received from NetGalley.

This is the first Whiskey Creek novel I have had, as well as my first Brenda Novak book. I had previewed the book on Ms. Novak’s website, and the excerpt proved compelling enough to get me to read the book. If you start here I don’t think you’ll be lost – this story about a woman returning to her hometown years after a horrifying event is written in a way that you can follow the community easily. The tension between the emotional bruised Addy and Noah is palpable and you are pushed to read forward. There is an element of mystery involved, namely who is involved in scaring Addy out of town, and Novak managed to keep me guessing for a while.

Because I’ve read this book, I am intrigued to read the other Whiskey Creek novels.

Check back next week to see what else I’m reading. I’m getting close to my goal of 125 books this year!

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Recent Reads for May, 2013

Recent Reads for May, 2013

I’ve made a goal of reading 150 books this year. Here’s what I’ve read recently.

Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut FarmRoseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm by Roseanne Barr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved Roseanne’s sitcom, and I enjoy re-watching it because the themes remain relevant after nearly twenty years – it aged well. I had gone into this book expecting a more observational collection of political and industry musings, but half the book is memoir. Not that Roseanne didn’t lead an interesting youth, but I had hoped the book would be more like her Twitter feed.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve had the book for a while, and read it on two long plane trips. The story hooked me almost from the beginning – very enjoyable for high epic fantasy, and I don’t read much of the genre. I do not watch the series, I had planned to read the books first, so it’s off to the next one.

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