I READ CANADIAN!!!!
My intentions for this blog are:
1) To have monthly author spotlights in which I will write about the authors themselves and give several reviews of their different books.
2) Biweekly book reviews. I will review one book but also discuss similar books of the same topic. Because one book is never enough.
3) Newbie writer alert will review books of new unheard writers whose work deserves to be heard.
4) I will endeavor to talk about Canadian writers and titles.Book Hunt section where people can ask about books they would like to read and get suggestions. If you have read a great book that you want to share with someone else, please feel free to leave your comments.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Quote of the WeekThe pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
― Oscar Wilde
Friday, 3 February 2012
― Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right
Charley Davidson sees dead people a la Sixth Sense. But Charley is different from your garden variety ghost seeing person, she is the Grim Reaper. Her ghosts are far more interactive shall we say. Very touchy, feely. As in she can touch them, and, they can touch her. She has been able to converse freely with this other dimension all her life. Her father and uncle, both policemen, have capitalized on Charley's talent since she was a small girl, involving her in their murder investigations, and, subsequently reaping the glory and envy of their fellow officers. Because, when all you have to do ask is the victim, 'who killed you?' the search for the killer can wrap up pretty quick!
Charley is now running her own private investigator agency out of the top floor of her now retired father's bar. Her job is to convince these recently murdered ghosts to go into the light. In order to send them on their way to their own personal heaven, she must first solve their murders. And, she accomplishes this all very well, thank you very much. Although, not always in the most coordinated elegant fashion. The best thing about Charley is that she is so real in both her human vulnerabilities and her quirky mannerisms.
Admittedly, Charley has some help from a rag tag team of both the quick and the dead. Cookie, her office manager, neighbour, best friend and self assigned therapist, keeps Charley going physically and mentally. A young boy ghost, Angel, definitely an oxymoron, runs secret investigations for Charley, while the ghost of a psychiatric patient, having all the names of the dead scrolled over the defunct hospital walls, acts as an informer from the beyond. Uncle Bob is her police contact in the real world and has his hands full keeping Charley out of trouble, on top of his normal job of solving murders. And, finally, there is this dark entity that Charley calls The Bad, who has swooped in and saved her life three times; helpful but terrifying.
The current case concerns the mysterious murders of three lawyers. The case is more complicated than usual since not one of the lawyers saw who committed their murders. And, being lawyers there is a long list of suspects; some of them very nasty characters, indeed.
A diabolically funny paranormal mystery debut, but, anything that can make you laugh this hard, has to be good for your soul.
Being Published on Feb 2!!
Since I managed to srew up my ereader in little over a month (yes I do read instructions. It said not to forget to eject the ereader. What am I a moron would I get up with it still plugged into the computer and walk off! Well apparently I was supposed to have clicked on a little box called eject, go figure. Short story long my ereader needs to be factory reset which will wipe it clean like nothing happened but I also lose the book I am currently reading and one I want to review.)
So no new Charlie for a couple of weeks
In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.
While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Quote of The WeekCrown attorney Gerard Laarhuis after the verdicts:
"This jury found that four strong, vivacious and freedom-loving women were murdered by their own family in the most troubling of circumstances. We all think of these four, wonderful women now who died needless deaths. This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and the core principles in a free and democratic society that all Canadians enjoy and even visitors to Canada enjoy
Laarhuis cross-examines a surviving Shafia son, who can't be identified:
Laarhuis: "The reason that you're confirming this with Hamed and your mom is because you know there's a problem with that part of the story."
Son: "No, not really. I'm just trying to help them (tell the truth)."
Laarhuis: "That's the remarkable thing about the truth — you don't need to remind people what the truth is."
From Global News.
To be fair to these three surviving children and even Hamed, they are also victims of the reining terror in the Shafia household; those that complained got put into the car and drowned in the lock.
Anita Rau Badami
This puzzle of a story is told from four view points Suman, Ana, the Dharma family tenant, and the two children Varsha and Hemant. The characters come alive in your mind. Each is given a unique voice expressing alternate views of the story. Each piece of this jig saw puzzle flows smoothly into the next, until a complete chilling picture is revealed at the end.
In Tell It to the Trees, Anita Rau Badami evokes a chilling depth of insight into the psychological aspects of a dysfunctional abusive family. Badami presents us with an opportunity to see those unfortunate abused woman beneath their cultural garb, whatever that might be, and see the person lost and isolated underneath. This is a book that all women should read, all men should read. This is one of those important books that come along every so often that can change how people view unmentionable aspects of our society. Most books are read for pleasure, entertainment, and, make no mistake, there is a very good mystery story in this book, but, very few go to the heart of such difficult and mostly hidden aspects of our society with such a sense intimate feeling. This book goes beyond entertainment; this is a cautionary tale of isolation and abuse. Tell it to the Trees describes the cycle of abuse and how it passes down the generations. As Suman dreams of escape, Badami describes how such a situation can entrap, ensnare and beat you down until you are capable of fabricating excuses for inexcusable behaviour. Why does she not just leave, is often queried with regard to women who suffer from abuse. This book will show you why. But more importantly, it will clearly show why you should get out, for yourself and, especially, for your children. Does Suman get out in time? We can only hope...
The marriage was disallowed by her father.
Two months prior to her murder she fled the Shafia home for a women's shelter.
Unfortunately she returned home.
Looks like every 17 year old I know.
Complained to teachers and social workers about abuse at home.
Including a suicide attempt in the spring before her death with no results.
Sadly, she was left with her family.
Teachers noted increasingly wild behaviour.
That's called being terrified and no one helping you.
The press has put forth that this was a convenient way to get rid of the first wife.
I do not believe she was part of the original plan.
For a family that purchased a cheap car to kill their family members,
why would they allow the expensive jewlery she was wearing to go to the bottom of the lock?
If only in my imagination, I like to think she went down fighting.
Surely to God, someone would fight for these girls.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Quote of the Week
Sisters most of us have some. Love them, hate them; they are the ones that stand by you when the chips are down. I have been blessed with two sisters. Younger sisters who stole my clothes, hogged the phone and fought with me tooth and nail through my childhood. I would not change them for the world...well maybe just a little!
Writing: Fluid, excellent
The Last Will of Moira Leahy is a captivating, haunting debut novel by Therese Walsh. This is a heart wrenching, soul searching story of grief and loss, as the surviving sister, Maeve, tries to reconcile herself to a life without her identical twin, Moira. Normally at this point I would say what genre this novel would fit into, however; The Last Will of Moira Leahy does not fit into any one specific category. Walsh wrote this novel much like knitting a multi-coloured sweater. It is not blue nor red nor purple but a pleasing blend of suspense, woman’s fiction, mysticism, coming-of-age story, romance, a journey and a sprinkling of the paranormal, while exploring the family dynamics of grief, as well as, the actions and reactions of those left behind. Beautifully written, The Last Will of Moira Leahy will reach in and squeeze your heart.
Audrey Niffenegger: Her Fearful Symmetry- Looking for a creepy twin ghost story, look no further, this is the one for you. Excellent writing and full of twists and turns and of course the setting of the historic Highgate cemetery only adds to the atmospheric setting.
Kimberla Lawson Roby: Secret Obsession- This is sibling rivalry to the ultimate max. A light quick read about sisters, family dynamics, mental illness and ultimately forgiveness. OK
Jodi Picoult: My Sisters Keeper- I only saw the movie but the book is suppose to be even better. Parents with a daughter suffering from leukaemia genetically engineer a second daughter in order to save the first. Medical ethics aside, a very dramatic story. Need Kleenex with this one.
Frances Greenslade: Shelter- This I had hoped to win in a different book giveaways but now on awaiting list at the library. Parental abandonment and sisterly responsibilities. Sounds great.
Susanna Kearsley: The Rose Garden- Katrina's sister dies and she is given the task of finding the perfect place to scatter her ashes, returning her to where she belongs. Katrina returns to Cornwall where they spent happy childhood summers and in doing so, confronts ghosts from her own past. Time travel in this story as well. Very Good.
The comment box, my personal bane of existence, apparently could only take messages from me alone. I have now, I hope configured the comment box to take comments from anyone. These will be screened prior to being posted in the blog. So, if you want to let me know about a book you have been reading, have a comment about the blog, want a suggest for your next book, or just have the need to write something, feel free.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Quote of the Week: Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”
― Neil Gaiman
First, I must thank all you who have taken the time to read my earlier posts. 19 members, Wow! To be honest, it was easier to write when I thought it was just me and the computer. Of course that brings to my mind a scary X-Files episode where the computer falls in love with his maker and kills people for him. Not to worry, due to my blatant computer illiteracy, my computer can barely tolerate me and I believe occasionally deletes my work and moves files to mysterious locations in a fit of pique.
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