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review 2018-06-22 18:30
THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS by John Connolly
The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly

 

At this, the 16th novel in the Charlie Parker series, I find myself still blown away by the quality of the writing and the depth of the story. Charlie Parker rocks!

 

But it's not just him, is it? It's Louis and Angel, a pair of gay henchmen, (but I mean "henchmen" in the best way), whose story has to be counted among the greatest love stories of all time, at least in my humble opinion. Their relationship is complicated and wonderful all at once, as is my love for them both.

 

It's Charlie's daughters, both alive and dead, and my fears for them and what might happen in the future.

 

It's Moxie Castin, the lawyer with a heart of gold and a soft spot for the Star of David, which plays such an important role in this story.

 

I won't rehash the plot, because the synopsis and about 10 million other reviews already do that. I will say that the end of this book left me rattled and somewhat angry. 

A couple of people still deserve their due and I have no doubt they're going to get it, but it didn't happen here.

(spoiler show)

However, I know that Charlie Parker doesn't fail, (at least he hasn't yet), and I will be there, bright eyed and bushy tailed when it happens. In the meantime? I'll be keeping an eye on those Times of London crossword puzzles.

 

THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS gets my highest recommendation. Period!

 

*Thank you to Atria and to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is it.*

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text 2018-06-01 09:10
In the woods

We finally moved up to our cabin in the woods! It’s a lot more primitive than I remembered it and it definitely needs fixing up but there’s such peace.

 

If you’d like to see a photo from out there you’re welcome to visit my photo blog.

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text 2018-05-16 01:58
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Apparently I have spent my entire life thinking Little House on the Prairie was the first book in the series (it's not, this one is) and not knowing that this book is set in Wisconsin (where I have lived for all 27 years of my life). I've heard of the series, but never read it until now and I haven't seen the show based on Little House on the Praries. So I didn't really know what I was in for.

This is a good educational read. It's not very developed plot-wise, it's more of just various stories based around a central theme (winter, Sundays, town, summer, harvest, etc.). It's still an interesting book, but it doesn't follow the traditional story arch. However, it is still very easy to get swept up in the text and picture oneself in the little cabin. 

Each chapter goes into great detail about what it was like living in the woods at the time and all of the work it involved. From making cheese to bear encounters, this book is filled with interesting information about the time period. A great historical look that is very educational. Various processes are detailed such as making maple syrup, building a shelf, churning butter, and smoking venison. 

Overall, this was a good educational read. I don't have any huge critiques, but I think there are a few things adults should be aware of before children read this book. 

Disclaimer: this is a difficult book to read as a vegetarian (and I can imagine, as a young child). I totally understand the necessity of eating meat when living in the woods in the 1800s, but sometimes the book got a little too detailed for me. Listening to a very involved description of how to make head cheese was not pleasant. At times, the book was downright creepy (Laura hiding in bed during the slaughter of the pig then playing with its blown-up bladder like a balloon). Again, I get that it was necessary to eat meat and entertainment was few and far between, but the descriptions were just a little much for me. 

Also, in the chapter, "Sundays", Pa sings a song about a dead slave, whom he refers to as "an old darkey". The original song is "Uncle Ned" by Stephen Foster. Apparently the word "darkey" replaces an even more not okay word in the version included in the book. I don't think books should be edited to make them meet today's standards, but I do think such references in old texts need to be properly explained by an adult to children. So it's not a criticism of the book, but adults should be aware of it if their children read this book. 

The audiobook version includes songs from "Pa's fiddle" and Cherry Jones sings the lyrics, which adds a nice effect. 

Overall, a very good read, but does require some adult explanation.
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review 2018-05-11 13:23
Whispers from the Woods
Whisper from the Woods - Victoria Wirth

This is such a beautiful book. It is a picture book for children but when I picked it up at the used bookstore I just couldn't put it back down. The artwork is amazing! Whisper from the Woods is short but together with the stunning artwork it tells the story of life in the forest. A small seed drops from a tree and begins to grow. It is nurtured and before long is surrounded by other small trees, it's siblings. They grow as a family, loving and supporting each other until one day there is a storm and the family is changed forever. Life goes on though and the forest continues to grow.

 

I still can't let this book go.  It goes back to my shelf.

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text 2018-05-09 17:40
The Body in the Woods - April Henry

I'm not a huge fan of murder mysteries, so I wasn't super thrilled with this book.  The story was interesting and I was surprised by the ending.  In a way, it kind of reminded me of a Disney movie because just as it was about to end, something crazy happened to turn the story around.  This book doesn't really stick with you though.

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