Weekly Mash-Up #108

I always think of February as a gray month, and these first few days have definitely proved to be that.  Usually the view from my porch includes the vibrant greens of my neighbor’s pastures and the distant hills, but lately the colors have been muted, the low clouds creating an almost claustrophobic effect.

To help kick the winter doldrums, I’ve started knitting again after not picking up the needles for several months.  I’ve been using the brightest colors I have, working on quick and simple projects like scarves and hats.  I’ve also been looking through the many seed catalogues that come in the mail this time of year, admiring the beautiful flowers and wondering which veggies I should plant for the summer.

And there’s always books, the perfect way to escape on a rainy day!

The Week In Books

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones — 4.5/5 out of 5 stars!

I am writing a full review that I will be posting both here and at Mr Pink Ink towards the end of February!  Stay tuned!

The Summer of Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser — 3.5 out of 5 stars

A coming of age story set in the 1960’s with an unsolved murder added to the mix is usually the makings of a really good book.  For the most part I liked Nesser’s tale of young Erik and his friend Edmund and their summer spent at the lake, swimming and fantasizing about the gorgeous substitute teacher, but it got to the point where I felt the build-up was being stretched out too much, and the ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfying.  This was one of those reading experiences where I was hoping for more mystery and less mundane routine.  I am a fan of Nesser’s writings though, so I see more of his novels in my future.

A Student of Living Things by Susan Richards Shreve — 3 out of 5 stars

One of my 20+1/2021 choices.  Part mystery, part family drama, it’s the story of Claire, who is trying to understand (and perhaps solve) the murder of her brother while dealing with her dysfunctional family.  There was a lot of potential with this one, and I probably would have given it a higher star rating if the MC Claire wasn’t so blah.  Still, not a bad choice if you’re looking for a novel with lots of secrets, eccentric family members, and a bit of mystery.

Novellas, Short Stories, and Anthologies

The Buck Stops Here by Sean Seebach — 4 out of 5 stars

One of the latest installments in the “Creature Feature” horror novellas that started out as a joke last year on Twitter, and now includes 4 stories (with more on the way) with all proceeds going to the featured author’s favorite animal charities.     We’ve all heard of werewolves, even wereleopards and werebears, but a were-deer?!?!?!?  That’s right, a were-deer just might be the creature responsible for some unsolved deaths in a small Ohio town.  Fast-pace horrific fun!

Until next time, stay safe and Happy Reading!

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