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text 2017-08-31 20:11
My Best Book of August and the Runner-Up
Ash and Quill - Rachel Caine
Boundary Problems - Greg Bechtel

 

For my taste, Ash and Quill was the best book that I read during the month of August.  No surprise, it features a library, the Library of Alexandria to be exact, in a dystopian world with library scholars as the heroes (and villains). 

 

But I have to also mention Boundary Problems, a book of speculative fiction short stories.  I've met the author and hope to see him again at some conference in the future so I can tell him how much I enjoyed this little volume.

 

And now, friends, I am almost done my summer fluff reading and will be starting on my Halloween Bingo books over the long weekend!

 

Let the games begin!

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review 2017-08-08 20:13
Boundary Problems / Greg Bechtel
Boundary Problems - Greg Bechtel

In his confident debut, Greg Bechtel offers ten magnetically charged stories about the impossible-turned-possible — secrets, paranoia, sex, conspiracies, and magic — as he effortlessly shatters the boundaries between speculative and literary fiction.

Boundary Problems vibrates on the edge of meaning, as carjackers, accidental gunrunners, and small-town cabbies struggle to wring meaning from the strange events that overtake them. Bechtel’s worlds of mystery and magic constantly challenge his characters’ pursuit of logical explanations. These compelling tales blur lines and push boundaries — into the surreal, into the playful, into the irresistible energy of uncertainty.

 

I must be finally getting over my summer cold (its been kicking my butt for about a month now), because I felt the lure of reading something better and more complex than the fluff that I’ve been filling my summer with to date. This book has been sitting on my shelves for almost a year and the time had arrived—I picked it up with anticipation.

What a perfectly titled collection of short stories! All of them poke at boundaries of some sort—between physics and magic, mental health/illness, male/female, reality/illusion, self/others, past/present/future. How accurate is anyone’s assessment of the world? We each view it through our own lenses. The characters are ordinary people, made extraordinary by the author’s attention to their existence.

The writing is beautiful. The stories are a pleasure to read, but I hesitate to say that I fully understand them. They don’t spill their secrets too easily and I can see where I will likely read them again, more slowly and with more attention. Though each stands on its own, they also support one another, each providing a window into their creator’s imagination. The varied topics reveal an unexpected mix of experience and knowledge.

I will definitely be interested to see what Mr. Bechtel publishes next.

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url 2017-05-23 17:30
48 Books in Series Release Today
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare
Space Taxi: Aliens on Earth - Wendy Mass,Michael Brawer
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz
Just One Touch: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) - Maya Banks
Perish the Day: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy) - John Farrow
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen - Victoria Alexander
Wen (VLG) (Volume 6) - Laurann Dohner,Kelli Collins,Dar Albert
Trackers 2: The Hunted (Trackers series, Book 2) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Cavanaugh Standoff (Cavanaugh Justice) - Marie Ferrarella
Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

I highlighted a few; see https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-05-19 02:06
Rich Peoples Problems
Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

Title:  Rich People Problems

Author:  Kevin Kwan

Publisher:  Doubleday

Series:  Crazy Rich Asians # 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Rich People Problems" by Kevin Kwan

 

My Thoughts...

 

This author gives the reader in this third book in the Crazy Rich Asians series a read of great drama, some hilarious laughs with some characters, wonderful vacations spots, entertainment and scenic descriptions[clothing and jewelry] that will really have you thinking you are looking at a movie right in front of you.  What wacky antics that this large family seems to have that will keep you turning the pages to its conclusion to a hilarious series. Be prepared to read of a 'dysfunctional, paranoid, social climbing crazies with some ridiculous fun.' This will be one intriguing, incredible and entertaining read that I would recommend to the readers.

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text 2017-05-02 18:25
New May Releases That Are On My TBR
Salt Houses - Hala Alyan
Mr. Rochester - Sarah Shoemaker
The Book of Summer: A Novel - Michelle Gable
House of Names: A Novel - Colm Tóibín
A Stranger at Fellsworth (A Treasures of Surrey Novel) - Sarah E. Ladd
Lilli de Jong - Janet Benton
Before the Rain Falls: A Novel - Camille Di Maio
The Prada Plan 5 - Ashley Antoinette
Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

May's a fantastic month for new releases! I'm truly excited for all of these reads. There are three books by favorite authors this month; The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette, A Stranger At Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd and Rich Peoples Problems by Kevin Kwan. The Salt Houses, The Book of Summer and House of Names all have received lots of praise by early readers and critics. I'm hoping to enjoy them as much as others or more.

 

Here's the release dates;

 

May 2

 

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

 

 

May 9

 

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

 

The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

 

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

 

 

May 16

 

The Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

 

Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

 

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

 

The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette

 

 

May 23

 

Rich Peoples Problems by Kevin Kwan

 

 

Happy Reading Friends!

 

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