Monday Mash-Up #034

It never fails….I go to the library to pick up one hold and wind up with an armful!

Today is the end of a long holiday weekend (Hope everyone celebrating Labor Day had a great weekend!) and is in a way the unofficial end of summer….however looking at the local weather forecast, summer is still here with a vengeance!

I participated in a couple of read-a-thons over the past 5 days.  I got off to a slow start but wound up finishing a few!

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid — 5 out of 5 stars!!

I patiently waited five months for my library hold to finally come in, and it was well worth the wait!  I love the movie Almost Famous, and this story of an up-and-coming rock band in the 1970’s had a similar vibe (there was a bit of A Star is Born feel as well).  The characters were flawed and at times difficult to like, but I think that’s what made them perfect.  Some readers haven’t cared for the interview format, but after a couple of pages I really didn’t notice it, plus it was a great way to see the different perspectives from everyone.  I highly recommend this one.  As a side note, many readers have found the audio version easier to follow than reading the interviews.  I don’t usually do audio but I may have to check it out, it may add a whole new layer to the story!

Fat Camp by James Sabata — 4 out of 5 stars!

Horror with heart, and not the physical human heart (well, maybe one or two).  Kids and counselors at a “Fit Camp” face a serial killer… it’s like the kids from Stand By Me meet Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series.   Lots of blood and guts are spilled and the characters die in the correct order (if you watch slasher films you know what I mean!!  🙂  ).   It’s not all gore, though.  There is the underlying coming-of-age theme where the (surviving!) kids learn they are stronger than they think.  A great nod to the classic slasher films of the 1980’s.

July, July by Tim O’Brien — 3.5 out of 5 stars

I am a fan of O’Brien’s works and was looking forward to this one.  It’s pretty much a version of The Big Sleep, only the characters are older.  Unrequited love, love gone wrong, second chance at love… get the idea.  It was well written but it just didn’t grab me like In the Lake of the Woods or The Things They Carried (that one still haunts me).

The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories by various authors — 3.5 out of 5 stars

The subtitle to this claims Twisted Tales Not to Be Read at Night!!!  Well, I wouldn’t go that far.  There was a good variety from famed authors like Brian Lumley, Tanith Lee, and Neil Gaiman,  but nothing that I would consider really scary or nightmarish (Joe Lansdale’s vision of nuclear devastation and man-eating roses–yep, you read that correctly!–was probably my favorite).  Overall not a bad collection, and a great way to start getting into Halloween reading mode!

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons — 3 out of 5 stars

For some reason, the word frivolous was the first word that came to mind as I finished this book.  This little classic tells the story of a rather spoiled Flora Poste going to live with distant relatives, the Starkadders, at their family farm.  The usual rag-tag cast of characters, the usual misunderstandings and the usual meddling on behalf of Flora (as well as hooves and legs falling off of cows which I’m still trying to figure out what that meant!).  Overall pretty entertaining.

And away we go into the month of September!  Once I’ve tackled a few of my library books, I will dive into my stack of Halloween reads, starting with Nos4A2, The Toll, and We Live Inside Your Eyes.  

Until next time, Happy Reading!!

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