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Friday, June 10, 2022

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot - by Marianne Cronin

This is a story about celebrating life!

When Lenni meets Margot at the hospital where they’re both terminal patients, they discover that their combined ages equal one-hundred-years. They decide to celebrate by painting a picture for each year they have lived.

A difficult topic handled with depth, gentle humour and lot of heart. A touching, uplifting read. 




Wednesday, May 18, 2022

WAKE by Sheryll Burr

WAKE does not mean "awake". It's an acronym from an online true crimes forum. The true crime? The disappearance of a ten-year old girl, the "prettier" of the McCreery twin sisters. 

This is an atmospheric Aussie Noir, full of characters you can't help loving as you follow them through the twists and turns of their story. I can't wait to read more of this author's work. If you enjoy Jane Harper's books, this one's for you!



Confessions on the 7:45

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger is probably one of her best thrillers to date. The blurb (see below) doesn't do it justice, for the book is much more than a domestic suspense thriller. It digs deep into issues of marriage philosophy, family ties, psychology, forgiveness, and loyalty.

The writing is masterful, the plot full of believable characters and delicious twists.

My favourite quote: "It's Martha, by the way. From the train."

Blurb:

Selena Murphy is commuting home on the train when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat. The woman introduces herself as Martha and soon confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss....




Monday, April 18, 2022

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

My John Scalzi binge continues with his latest (post-Covid) stand-alone adventure, The Kaiju Preservation Society. As the author himself says, it's light and humorous and fun. Love his voice and ideas.


Blurb

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls "an animal rights organization." Tom's team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn't tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They're the universe's largest and most dangerous panda and they're in trouble.

It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that's found its way to the alternate world. Others have, too--and their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

The Lock In trilogy by John Scalzi

The Lock In trilogy by John Scalzi was written pre-Covid, however, its premise is a global pandemic. Some die, some recover, some get locked inside their bodies - paralysed but with their brains fully functioning. Scientists managed to connect the active brains to C-3PO-like robots, and the rest is this trilogy featuring a locked-in FBI agent Chris Shane, an ex-poster child for the disease survivors.




The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh

The first few pages are slow but don't give up because the journey is worth it. The characters are awesome, the plot intricate, the sense of place enriching. I hope this is the beginning of a long series! Long live DC Morgan! 



Blurb

On New Year's Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests.

His lakeside holiday homes are a success, and he's generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbours. This will be the party to end all parties.

But not everyone is there to celebrate. By midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake...

Monday, April 04, 2022

Redshirts by John Scalzi

So now that I've run of Andy Weir books and short fiction, it was time to find a new science fiction author to be obsessed with. Success! Now I want to read every single Scalzi book there is.

On the surface, "Redshirts" is a satire of the "cowboys in space" genre. Dig deeper and it's about a writer's responsibility to create good fiction. What it's actually about? Nor wasting your life. Super fun. Super deep. Original format.




Blurb

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:

(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces

(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations

(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.