How ’bout them apples?!
So the early apples are starting to ripen. My favorite is, and always will be, the Gravenstein apple, a bit tart but very flavorful, and is a great cooking apple. Why is this my favorite? There was a Gravenstein tree in my backyard at my childhood home. I loved this tree, with it’s gnarled, strong branches that I used to climb on a regular basis, and I loved the applesauce and pies my Mom would make. When we moved, we found a place with different varieties of apple trees, but none were as great as those from my early childhood.
So between batches of apple butter and applesauce, I managed to finish a few of my current reads.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson — 4 out of 5 stars
This was more of a 3.75 but I’ll round up. A rather strange sci-fi tale that, while overall I enjoyed it, got bogged down at times with too much info and explanations. But when the action was going on and the characters weren’t talking as much, it was pretty darn entertaining.
Tales of Jack the Ripper by various authors — 3.5 out of 5 stars
A collection of short stories centering around, you guessed it, Jack the Ripper. There was a wide variety, from modern day Ripper tales to those trying to imagine who (or what) Jack the Ripper really was. Like almost all short story anthologies, this one has some great, some good, and some not so great (and a couple that left me scratching my head as they made no sense whatsoever).
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Trembley — 3 out of 5 stars
I had high expectations for this one. It wasn’t bad, just not what I was expecting. Kind of a fanfiction nod to The Exorcist, but not really as scary.
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong — 2 out of 5 stars
God, where do I begin on this one?!?!? The synopsis sounded good (a secret town in the middle of the wilderness where people go to escape whatever they need to escape; murders start happening in secret town, who is it and why???). For the first 50 pages or so, I was really liking this. The main character/narrator Casey seemed like one tough bitch, a little out of control at times but hey, who isn’t? However, the story went from holding my attention to putting me to sleep pretty quickly.
Then there’s the idiotic betrayal, the convoluted solution to the multiple murders, and the stupid ending. It took me three days to read the last 80 pages, and that was forcing myself to sit down and read so I could return this to the library. Everyone seems to like this book, I’m still trying to figure out why.
This is back to school week here for my son, heading into the 10th grade this year! Good luck kiddo!
Have a great week, and as always, Happy Reading!