This week’s book mail!
I’ve been watching the television series The Terror, a story about a doomed Arctic expedition with some supernatural twists. When I found out it was based on a book by Dan Simmons I knew I had to get a copy. Things We Lost to the Water is a debut novel about a Vietnamese family trying to adjust to their new life in America…and a Goodreads giveaway win! Many thanks to Knopf/Penguin Random House for sending me an early copy, I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve been reading Clive Barker since the early 1990’s and I can’t believe I’ve overlooked his Books of Blood collections. This copy, combining volumes 1-3, include 16 of his earliest, scariest works. Hmm, sounds like a good start for the Halloween reading season! And finally, Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire is a cookbook I’ve been wishing for since it’s 2018 publication. I’ve already picked out some recipes to try once summer grilling season begins!
I don’t know where my reading time went this past week, but I did get to finish a few books…
The Week in Books
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy — 5 out of 5 stars
Based on historical events, McCarthy delivers a harrowing, haunting, and often brutal novel that deserves all the praise. Much like The Road and No Country for Old Men, I can’t stop thinking about this book and the deeply flawed characters. And knowing that the brutalities depicted throughout were carried out in the not so distant past makes it all the more horrific. While not for everyone, this is one I highly recommend.
The Girl in Cell 49B by Dorian Box — 3.5 out of 5 stars
Book 2 in the Emily Calby series finds teenage Emily facing prison time for a past crime. While awaiting trial, she finds herself in a series of subplots ranging from prison corruption to first love. Overall I found this fast-paced story entertaining but a bit predictable. Since I hadn’t read the first book I appreciated the author offering enough background so this could be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. Recommend for fans of strong female leads and trial procedures. Thanks to NetGalley for offering an early e-copy for review.
Antioch by Jessica Leonard — 3 out of 5 stars
Antioch is Leonard’s debut novel, one that I would categorize as psychological thriller over the horror label it’s received. Six women have been abducted and murdered, a seventh has gone missing, and local bookseller Bess gets involved after picking up a strange message on her short-wave radio. The beginning really sucked me in, but along the way I started to feel a disconnect from both the characters and the storyline. And the ending? Don’t get me started on that! While this wasn’t a home run for me, I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Leonard’s works in the future.
Stay safe and Happy Reading!