Weekly Mash-Up #86

The last day of August!   I don’t know why, but once August is over, I always think of summer being over as well.  And while we didn’t get to visit some of our normal summer haunts like the Portland Zoo (between the covid closures and the continuing riots, I don’t see us visiting Portland anytime in the near or distant future, too bad since it’s always been one of my favorite big cities), this past week we were able to get in some more hiking at nearby state parks, and I’ve started making large batches of fresh applesauce to put away for the winter…as well as an apple pie thrown in for good measure!

And while I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked reading, I did manage to finish these…

The Week in Books

Loudmouth by Robert Duncan — 4 out of 5 stars!

Robert Duncan introduces us to Thomas Ransom, a boy growing up in a strict environment who finds his voice and freedom through the emerging rock scene of the 1970’s.  This is supposedly inspired by the author’s real-life experiences, which of course had me guessing the entire time what was possibly true and what wasn’t.  Duncan’s prose is amazing, the story entertaining and addictive.  If you’re a fan of stories with the Almost Famous vibe, be sure to check this one out!

Hunger Pangs by Scott J. Moses — 4 out of 5 stars!

This collection of dark fiction/horror from Scott Moses has me hooked and wanting more!  Hunger in its broadest sense is the theme running through these short stories.  Each one stands out on its own (unlike some collections with a common theme); all are well-written and create atmosphere and characters in a shortened format.   A strong debut, I can’t wait to see what Moses brings to the table in the future!  Thanks to NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me an advance ecopy for review.

The Keep by Jennifer Egan — 1.5/2 out of 5 stars

God, where do I start?  I was actually drawn into the story with it’s potential in the first few pages.  I was even good with the dual storyline that was going on.  But when young Danny (or Denny?  I don’t even care what his name is, that should tell you about the character development) drinks 100 year old wine and has sex with a 98-year-old “crazy hag,” well, that’s about the time I wanted to tap out.  But my inner masochist made me keep reading to see where this train wreck would take me.  And sadly it wasn’t even a decent train wreck!!  I rounded up to 2 stars because there were a few good scenes that helped me keep the faith that it would improve.

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Stay tuned…my September list will be popping up soon!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and Happy Reading!!

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