All posts tagged: Let’s Talk Books

June 2019 TBR

Ever hopeful that I am, I’m making yet another list of books I hope to read this month. Books that have sat on my coffee table, in the lounge, staring up at me not quite pleading, but almost! Yes, I know, how very whimsical of me. But you know what I mean. I’ve had a weird couple of reading months in which, well, I’ve bombed out. Slump? Ennui? I have no idea. I’m either hitting a brick wall, or the books I’ve picked and read are just not grabbing me, or I’m not in the right head/reading space at the moment. Anyway … hoped for reads in June are: THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny — Tried, tested, and always true to her vision. I can count on Penny to deliver me out of my reading slump. AND FIRE CAME DOWN by Emma Viskic — This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Hoping this one woos me too. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He — I had hoped …

A Twisted Tale

Having finally received a copy of TWISTED, by Steve Cavanagh, and having managed to avoid any reviews and opinion, I sat down last night to read. I groaned. I fidgeted. And I moaned out loud. So much so that my Other Half asked what was wrong. I rolled my eyes toward the ceiling and said I was bored. B O R E D! Yes, all in CAPS! I managed to read a whole 102 pages before I stuck my bookmark in and gave up, and went to bed muttering. Why? The two main characters of Paul and Maria are not only boring, but unsympathetic on any level. The story, such as it is—given all the hype we’ve had—lead us to believe this was going to be Cavanagh’s “best” book yet. Has, in fact, been a tedious struggle. The prose is flat and the situation these two MCs find themselves in, well, quite frankly, is beyond dull. Reading it is like watching paint peeling off a wall. You keep waiting for something, anything, to happen. It …

Non-Book Review: The Fourth Courier

What, I hear you say, is a non-book review? It is exactly as it sounds, I’m reading, or trying to read a book that I’m going to abandon because, you know, there’s just only so many hours in the day. And, obviously, if I abandon said book, I won’t be writing a full review. Or, at least, the usual kind of review. And I’m tired of writing a review that’s going to come off negative. Like TO WOO-WOO. I tried to be positive. No, really, I tried to find something good to say about a book that is, essentially, depressing in nature and content. But sometimes, as you know, it’s difficult to be upbeat and positive about a book that didn’t speak to you, on any level—even when you do manage to finish it. So I’m giving up with THE FOURTH COURIER, that I started reading last Friday, yes, believe it or not. It has been stop and go all the way. I’d get so far and then, read a paragraph that drove me nuts. …

Friday Fiction: THE FOURTH COURIER

I was happily surprised yesterday afternoon, late, when a courier turned up on my doorstep bearing gifts for me. A hardback copy of THE FOURTH COURIER by Timothy Jay Smith, from Arcade Publishing. My sincere thanks goes to the PR team at Arcade for making this one happen. I’m really excited to delve into this one, which is at once both a police procedural and an espionage thriller—my kind of killer-combo, that also includes a couple of sharply-drawn characters. Already the opening, set in Poland, has drawn me in. “It is 1992 in Warsaw, Poland, and the communist era has just ended. A series of grisly murders suddenly becomes an international case when it’s feared that the victims may have been couriers smuggling nuclear material out of the defunct Soviet Union. The FBI sends an agent to help with the investigation. When he learns that a Russian physicist who designed a portable atomic bomb has disappeared, the race is on to find him—and the bomb—before it ends up in the wrong hands.” Now, doesn’t that …

Let’s Get Historical Together

Today’s Tuesday and normally I’d be doing the Tuesday Top 5 but as the topic—books I really want to re-read—isn’t relevant, as there are no books I’m that desperate to reread. I’m going to wax lyrically about historical novels I’ve read and loved. You know, just to be different. I know some of you don’t read historical novels and, yes, there was a time when I would have said the same. Then I got bored. And did something about it. I started reading any genre that took my fancy. Any book whose cover grabbed my attention. And, lo and behold, I discovered a whole series of genre I’d never read before, that I liked. Liked a lot. Because, you know, they had great stories, well defined characters, and said something different … i.e., there were no space ships! Moral of this rambling post, take chances, read outside your comfort zone and preferred genre, you’ll be surprised. Regulars to this site will already have seen some of the titles I might have suggested—Salt To The Sea …