I have just been released from the hospital so I am afraid that I haven’t been able to read any of your lovely reviews. My latest attention-seeking shenanigans (if you remember I had broken my shoulder a couple of months ago) was having a minor heart attack, meaning I won’t be online for a bit longer. I’m fine no worries. Looking forward to reading reviews again soon.
Book Review of “Notes from an Exhibition” by Patrick Gale.
To try to describe the plot of Patrick Gale’s novel “Notes on an Exhibition” is as difficult a task as to try to explain a piece of abstract art. In fact, this novel is less of a story than it is a portrait of a personality and the life around her. The action of this book revolves around Rachel Kelly, an artist who came from Canada and lived most of her life in Cornwall. What’s more, Rachel is bipolar (manic-depressive), and this affects not only her own outlook on life, but also all those around her as well as her art. With nothing is truly obvious from the outset of this book, the full story is only revealed once you’ve finished reading the last page.
What’s more, Gale sets up this book in a fascinating way. To…
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Genre: Murder Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Atria Books
Pub. Date: 2016
Due to a recent injury, this mini-review is being written via voice to text. Please forgive errors and a review that is not up to par.
I enjoyed this character-driven murder mystery. I thought the storyline reads more literary than the genre, something that isn’t too easy to pull off when writing a psychological thriller. Jewell nails adolescent anguish. The novel revolves around a few dysfunctional/offbeat families with young teenage kids. Their homes share a common garden park, which is the communal backyard. There is a “gang” of young teens who hang out in the yard. Think the movie “Mean Girls” mixed with “The Breakfast Club.”
The mystery part of the story is that the reader learns that years before a teenage girl died in that park. No one knows if her death was an accident or a murder. In the present, during the boozy annual summer party thrown by the adults, something bad happens to another girl. The author gives us many characters with persuasive motivations. It could’ve gone in many directions. Unfortunately, I can’t say I like the one Jewell picked.
I could not figure out exactly what happened. Maybe this was the author’s intention. Or maybe it’s simply that I am having trouble concentrating lately. Either way, I probably did not mind as much as other readers might, because it wasn’t the mystery that caught my interest. It was the families’ dynamics written with very good character development. There isn’t much suspense in “Girls.” What you get is an insight into what makes the author’s characters tick. That was good enough for me.
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This klutzy blogger broke her shoulder went to the hospital but because of the coronavirus they just took x-rays and sent me home. This happened last Thursday. I am waiting to see the orthopedic surgeon to set it on Tuesday. It hurts like a you know what so please forgive me that I am not reading your reviews. Take care all.
Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinise is an eye-opening look into the life and mission of the well- known actor. Until reading this book, I never realized the author’s many connections to the Chicago area. This discovery, along with sharing the same year of birth and faith, made his story relatable to me personally.
I had no idea Gary is one of the founding members of the Steppenwolf theater in Chicago. I know many people who frequented the plays there… small world!
What I found most fascinating is the trajectory of Gary’s life. Here’s a pot smoking kid who was seemingly without direction until a drama teacher suggested he audition for a high school play. He’s accepted as a chorus member in West Side Story and he’s hooked! As is often said, the rest is history. It’s not without it’s ups and downs, but Gary’s…
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Introduction by Brigid Ludwig
If you’ve ever been unable to put a great book down, you know how easy it is to get lost in a story. The interesting characters, the fascinating plot points, and enthralling description can keep you turning page after page. Authors work very hard to craft compelling stories that their readers will not only enjoy, but love. For many this takes years of hard work and planning. It may even mean hundreds of rejections, thousands of edits and loads of re-writing. For a lucky few, however, they don’t have to work so hard at all.
Authors of famous books like Frankenstein and Jane Eyre claim to have come up with the ideas for their novels in their dreams. And these aren’t the only cases, either. You’d be surprised how many famous…
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Cover reveal on 5th April 2019 of book 4 of Braxton Campus series by our esteemed and most loved author James J Cudney.
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