Monday, March 4, 2019
This was a heartfelt piece of fiction about how Charles Dickens got the inspiration to write " The Christmas Carol". He can't find inspiration and his family falls apart because everyone relies on him for money and don't want or don't know how to cut back on spending. He finds a woman who seems to understand him, only to find out he was meeting with her ghost. His father steals his work on the day he is to take it to the publishers and he rewrites the story making it better.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
I love the use of puns and the little misunderstandings due to speech that are riddled throughout the book. This is a delightful read. A somewhat naïve journalist, Andy, is to work with a detective, who is clearly a werewolf. Andy is oblivious, but maybe he knows and doesn't want to know. Detective Hobbs is investigating a disappearance and is captured and nearly killed by a witch before Andy blunders his way in, just in time to save the day.
This was an adorable book, at first I was wondering why some of the small details were focused on, then realized it all came together at the end of the book. A shepherd is apparently murdered and his literal flock of sheep try to piece together observances in a way only sheep can, to solve the crime. The characters were delightful and the author obviously had experience with sheep to be able to capture their personalities and likes/dislikes.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
This story was like a train wreck, you didn't want to watch, but can't look away. The author expertly captured the narcissism of teenagers to the point where you are equal parts "I can't read this anymore, they are so annoying" to "well maybe someone dies?" you are actually rooting on the main character Tara to turn into a character from Scream. It's told in notes passed back and forth and not only is the dialogue pointless and mean, but the vocabulary is like nails on chalk board. The characters were captured perfectly...lets see if you can make it to the end?
This is a murder mystery which is cleverly crafted where you initially don't know it's a murder mystery. Thumbs up to that! Maude is a rather cantankerous if not perfectly human caregiver who has a range of thoughts bouncing around at any minute. She see saints after the disappearance of her sister and starts working for an old man, Cathal in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Both have suffered tragedy and have secrets to keep and share similar dispositions. Cathal's wife died of suspicious circumstances and his daughter mysteriously disappeared, Maude wants to uncover the truth, more for her own curiosity than Cathal, who believes the past should remain in the past. After nearly being murdered twice, Maude discovers Cathal's son has been at the heart of the murders and his sister is buried in the well.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
This was a collection of stories by Hans Christian Anderson. It included the ones you would expect; The Little Mermaid, Matchstick Girl, The Emperors New Clothes, and The Tin Soldier. It also included some others I'd never heard, so it was a good assortment. I had forgotten The Little Mermaid did not end happily and the mermaid dies...I really enjoyed the forward that spoke of Hans truly believing he was the bastard son of royalty and his "parents" were paid to raise him. It explained his education, which was mysteriously paid for, but I can't imagine what pain that would have caused the parents.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
This was a good refresher on The Christmas Carol I was hoping to finish before Christmas. A man, who is only concerned about wealth, gets a wake-up call when he is met by three ghosts. They show him that he can't take the money with him when he dies and that he is missing out on living in trying to accumulate wealth.