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text 2016-05-18 03:13
Audiobook Suggestions?

I'm going on a road trip this weekend and was thinking about checking out an audiobook from the library to listen to. Does anyone have any suggestions? The drive is about 5 hours one way. I'm in the mood for a good thriller or horror, something to really keep me on the edge of my seat, since after a point the drive does get very boring. 

 

So, any suggestions?

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review 2016-01-01 04:51
WHEN TO ROB A BANK by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
When to Rob a Bank: ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants - Stephen J. Dubner,Steven D. Levitt
  The Freakonomics' authors are back with a collection of their blog posts. It is fun and funny! I particularly liked why you should root for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I like the ease in which they show how economists reason. They make economics so relatable.
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text 2015-09-29 21:03
Top Ten Tuesday: September 29

Readalikes: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author  (There were several options for this one; I went for multiple titles with one or two suggestions per title).

 

Hmmm. I’m not good at this. I’m usually so far behind with popular books and bestsellers, I don’t know how helpful my suggestions will be. But here goes.

 

If you liked…

 

The Da Vinci Code, I would suggest Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth (since it’s part of a loosely-aligned trilogy, also Sepulchre and Citadel). It might be a bit of a cheat, as I think Labyrinth was also a popular book for a while, but it seems to have fallen off the radar rather quickly.

 

Twilight, I would suggest Meredith Ann Pierce’s Darkangel trilogy. It’s more complex than Twilight, and the heroine feels much more multi-dimensional.

 

The Hunger Games trilogy, I would suggest the classic manga Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. Another strong, resourceful, and empathetic heroine dealing with a dystopian/post-apocalyptic future.

 

The Harry Potter series, I would suggest both Ursula K LeGuin’s Earthsea Cycle, and Diana Wynne Jones’ Chronicles of Chrestomanci series. Both are seminal YA series about young magic users coming into their own and fighting evil forces.

 

The Fault in Our Stars, I would suggest Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Probably another cheat, as E&P was no slouch in the popularity department. I won’t deny it has some issues with the portrayal of Park’s mom, but her character is relatively minor, so making a call as to whether she is a racist stereotype or simply not given enough page time to be developed is up to the reader to decide.

 

Gone Girl, I would suggest She Must Not Leave, by Fay Weldon. I don’t honestly know how it holds up in a post-Gone-Girl world, but the twist really caught me by surprise when I first read it years ago.

 

The Help, I would suggest The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Mostly because if you really loved The Help, you seriously need to read a book about black people that doesn’t revolve around a white savior.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, I would suggest an older, lesser known-YA trilogy by Betsy James, The Seeker Chronicles.

 

Memoirs of a Geisha, I suggest Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki. I really liked Memoirs (and mostly still do) when I read it years ago, but I read Geisha right afterward, and realized that white dudes are not the best resources for stories about the inner lives of Asian women.

 

I ran out of steam and couldn’t come up with a tenth one.

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text 2015-05-18 04:11
Robert McCammon

Alright, so apparently Subterranean Press is working on shipping out pre-orders of Robert McCammon's The Border, which means I'll have his new novel on my bookshelf in a matter of a week or two! After I finish Summer of Night (which I am LOVING!!) I am probably going to read some McCammon to hype myself up. I've only read three of his novels -- Swan SongMine, and Mystery Walk

 

Suggestions? 

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review 2015-04-24 18:45
The Marauders by Tom Cooper
The Marauders: A Novel - Tom Cooper
Imagine a small fishing community in Louisiana, if you will, recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Now, throw in the BP oil spill and you have a recipe that spells disaster for those that rely on the Gulf and her tributaries to provide food and an income.  While the story is a fictional account, the Gulf disasters are very real, and Cooper's debut novel is easily imagined. As a native of Louisiana, I love reading books about my beloved south, books that cover topics from traditional festivities to good ole Cajun folk. Who doesn't like to read a book where the setting is a familiar one? Although Tom Cooper was not born in Cajun country (he now resides in New Orleans), he does an excellent job with vivid descriptions and the people and places described feel authentic. I was pleasantly surprised and I don't think I've ever read a book quite like The Marauders.  It's different...and I mean that in the highest form of flattery. Where else can one find a one-armed,  pill-popping, metal detector-toting shrimper, who's obsessed with the pirate booty of Jean Lafitte? Then, there's the intimidating Toup brothers, always up to no good, especially when it comes to guarding their small, swamp island of marijuana in the Barataria Bay. Add Cosgrove and Hanson,  a couple of small time crooks that get themselves into a "pot" of trouble on the Toup brother's island, and you've got one heck of a story! The Marauders is like a pot of gumbo, lots of good things stirring in this one, and like a bowl of gumbo, each chapter is better than the last.
 
*Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy in exchange for a review.
 
Tom Cooper has been published in dozens of literary magazines and his stories have been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize.
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