Fiction

Curioddity by Paul Jenkins – a review

 

curiodditycover    5 Stars

Thank you to Lauren Diaz from St. Martin’s Press for reaching out to me and asking if I would like to review this book for an unbiased review. This was one of the best yes’s I have uttered! This book is pure exhilarating entertainment!

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Welcome to Wil Morgan’s world. He is a middle age man who has learned that life holds no magic, is not wonderful, and at it’s very best, living is a very mundane thing to be endured. This all about to change…drastically.

Enter an old man who is the curator of the Curioddity Museum who looks at the world in an upside down fashion and tries to teach Wil Morgan to unlook at everything. Throw in an swarmy, whiter than possible glaring white toothed villian, a free spirited woman, some ninja-bots, a clock tower that is destined to drive Wil Morgan insane, a rat vomit smelly elevator, and a cat-lady landlord and you are in for a crazy amazingly silly wonderful read!

Paul Jenkins is right up there with Ernest Cline and Scott Hawkins in creating a first novel that is unlike anything you have read, in a world that’s totally different. He has had many successes with writing characters for DC and Marvel Comics ~ Spider-Man, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, Hellblazer, The Inhumans and The Sentry. He also has written great characters for The Darkness, The Incredible Hulk and God of War video games. His first foray into novels is pure geekiness and fun!

If you loved the Back to the Future Series and Who Framed Roger Rabbit movie, then you will love this story. I could totally picture a new half animated hit movie in the making (it’s about time someone tackled another Who Framed Roger Rabbit type movie, hint, hint).

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This will probably be my best read for 2016. Go out and buy this one!

 

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The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison ~ A Review

The Silent Wife   4 stars.

 

A very good mystery about a marriage gone bad and you just know it’s not going to end well. This is mystery marriage disintegrating story that is subtle and a deliciously “I don’t like these people” with lots of evil read. A chilling “these could be your neighbors/boss/therapist” read.

I really enjoyed this read. The wife is a psychologist and in Her sections much of her thoughts are ramblings on Adler and his theories and how her views of her life stack up according to these theories. I’m probably a bit biased here because that is my working background, so the observations kept my interest very well.

The husband is a man that can’t keep his dick in his pants. Didn’t like anything much about him. He was selfish and couldn’t see any part that his behavior had in totally mind f**king everyone else in his life.

She (the wife) couldn’t deal with confrontation and upset and so resorted to getting even. She is also a non-communicator and non-committer, so when long time partner of 20 years cheats, as he so often does, she doesn’t talk about it or confront him, but rather just gets even that are sneaky and downright creepy when you look back on them. I was rooting for her deviousness all the way but watching her unravel was disturbing.

This book has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl . The only thing similar is a marriage gone wrong and the fact the people are twisted. Is this really what marriage does for people??? (No, but it does make for some great reading.)

I picked up this book because it is being touted as this year’s best mystery/thriller and all the reviews in pre-release were saying you have to read this. It’s true; you do. Excellent read.

The author, A.S.A. Harrison’s story is as tragic as the characters in this book. This is her first fiction novel and she died in April of 2013, just before it went to publication. It’s a shame because I really would like to have read more stories from her. She is a gifted writer.

Penquin also decided to release this book in paperback, skipping the hardcover release phase nearly all new works go through first in order to increase additional sales with the paperback release later on. This marketing ploy worked, because the sales have gone through the roof; it’s a very affordable new best seller release and nobody has to wait until it comes out in paperback.

Read this book people and then go treat your spice (spouse) like you use to before it all got mundane

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The Returned by Jason Mott ~ A Review

thereturnedMy rating: 4.5 stars

What would you do if your dead friend/loved one all of a sudden showed up at your doorstep, many years later, maybe decades later?

I read this early on this year. This was a very good read. Not sure why I didn’t give it 5 stars, but something, very small, was lacking, although I can’t put my finger on what. Maybe I’ll need to rethink my rating, because I’m not sure what more I could have wanted. It was an easy read and kept me interested from the beginning. It also is a book that the more you think about it, the more you realize just how deep it goes, without you knowing that it has left many questions, many wonderings.

In the Author’s Note section of the book,  jason mott writes:

“TWELVE years after my mother passed away, I can hardly remember the sound of her voice…In July 2010, a couple of weeks after the anniversary of my mother’s death, I dreamed of her. The dream was a simple one: I came home from work and she was there, at the dinner table, waiting for me. For the course of the entire dream, we simply talked. I told her about grad school and life in general since her death. She asked me why I still hadn’t settled down and started a family…

  Not long after that, I cornered a friend over lunch and told him about my emotional unease…Sometime later in our lunch, as conversation was running low, my friend asked: ‘Can you imagine if she actually did come back, just for one night? And what if it wasn’t just her? What if it happened to other people, too?’

   The Returned was born that day.”

Back to my first question: What would you do if your dead friend/loved one all of a sudden showed up at your doorstep?

No, seriously, think about that for longer than a second. What would you do? How would you welcome them back…or would you?

The dead do not age; you do. Time does not move on for them; it does for you. How and would they fit back into your life?

What if only some of the dead returned? What if your loved ones didn’t come back?

How would you feel as one of “The Returned”? Would the joy of being reconnected with the person/family you love, outweigh the disappointment of not being accepted back fully, of being viewed as “different”, “weird”, “strange”, “not one of us”?

I loved one passage in particular in this book; it has stayed with me for months:

  ” She thought then of what her mother had told her once about death. ‘Death is only the beginning of the reunion you did not know you wanted’.”  (pg. 139-140)

The more I think about it, the deeper this book gets.

 

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The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls ~ A Review

The Silver Star  3.5 Stars

Summary

A redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

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My thoughts:

The ending left a lot to be desired, but I guess the girls, like the emus, feel secure with the ropes (in the girl’s case, of a community, no matter how strange) that help lead the way as opposed to the confusion of freedom and not knowing where to be.

Walls did a good job with Maddox, the villian (and a horrible human being he is) of this story, although it is fairly easy to make an onlooker (the reader) hate someone when they have no redeeming qualities at all.

Walls way of writing about family ties and small town hospitality of accepting one’s kin is the reason this book is enjoyable to read.

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Joyland by Stephen King ~ A Review

Joyland  5 Stars.

Mr. King, you made me cry. You are not suppose to do that. You have made me cry in the past with 11/22/63, but that was suppose to be the exception. You did it to me again. You are a master at deception and very very good at your craft. I forgive you.

This is a coming of age tale. A tale of forgetting the girl, the first real love and of growing up. It takes place in Joyland, an amusement park, in the summer and autumn months of a young college student’s life.

The pacing is good, the secondary characters are great and the story…well, the story is definitely not the gory, hard crime novel I thought it was going to be when I picked it up, turned on all the lights and started to read. I couldn’t put this book down, and yes, there is a tiny bit of gross and gore for those who want and need it; the spider imagery was downright creepy and very nicely snucked into what I was beginning to think was a gentle read. (It was snucked, that is a word; Stephen King is very sneaky.)

Well worth your time.

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