Friday, January 11, 2019

Reading - Enchanter

Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov

A middle-aged, well-off, outwardly respectable man sits on a part bench, contemplating the depths of his 'murky soul' and his obsession with young girls.  When he spies a coltish, russet-haired beauty on a roller skates, he makes it his mission to seduce her, even if he must marry her ailing mother to do so.  Planning his every move with the precision and coolness of a chess player, he ultimately choreographs his own downfall.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Reading - A Second Shot of Coffee with Jesus

A Second Shot of Coffee with Jesus by David Wilkie

A Comic Strip

The wildly popular online comic Coffee with Jesus, described by Library Journal as offering "disarmingly funny reflections on human failings and faith," is back with a venti-sized second volume. Find yourself in your favorite characters, and laugh with Jesus at the absurdities of our world and the ways we walk in it. Follow your favorite characters as they honestly engage with Jesus about their successes and failures and wants and needs, effectively showing what conversation with God―or prayer―might look like. These poignant and pointed visual vignettes are rife with good theology and will have you laughing for days.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Reading - My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Reading - The Final Word

The Final Word by Liza Marklund

As a journalist, she's always been at the front line of criminal reporting, alongside the investigating officers.  And now a court case that she's been reporting on - the savage murder of a homeless man - has begun to attract a lot of attention.  With the stakes rising by the day, Annika is once again flung to the heart of a complex case.

But nagging at the back of her mind is her siste's mysterious absence.  After a series of anxious text messages, she's not heard another word.  In the midst of a tense public situation, Annika's own complicated past looks set to rear its head.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Reading - Summer on the River

Summer on the River by Marcia Willett

Evie loved the house. The bright, sunny rooms looking across the river. The terraced gardens with fruit trees growing against the high stone walls. The scent of lavender at the end of a hot day. 

It was a family house. 

As summer beckons, Evie’s family gathers once more at the beautiful old riverside house they all adore. But when Evie discovers a secret that threatens their future, a shadow falls over them all: this summer by the river could be their last together . . .
For Charlie, a visit home to see stepmother Evie is an escape from his unhappy marriage in London. Until a chance encounter changes everything: in the space of a moment, he meets a woman by the river, falls in love, and his two worlds collide.
As Evie and Charlie struggle to keep their secrets safe, they long for the summer to never end . . . Can the happiness of one summer last for ever?

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Reading - The Falls

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to her. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. But tragedy soon takes over their lives, poisoning their halcyon years with distrust, greed, and murder.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Reading - The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates

Bold and haunting, The Doll-Master and Other Tales is a collection of six psychologically daring stories from Joyce Carol Oates. 

In the title story, a boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away, and as he grows older, he begins to collect “found dolls” from surrounding neighborhoods. But just what kind of dolls are they? 

In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is delighted to house-sit for her favorite teacher, until an intruder forces his way inside the old Colonial—changing more than one life forever. 

A white man shoots dead an unarmed black youth creating a media frenzy.  But could it have been self-defense as he claims ?

A nervous woman tries to escape her husband.  He says he loves her, but she's convinced he wants to kill her ...

These quietly lethal stories reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.