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2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 25 books toward her goal of 175 books.

Book Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

What a cool and interesting story this was!

I really enjoy Susan Orlean’s writing – she has an engaging style that makes non-fiction read like fiction (The Orchid Thief was my first example of this phenomenon, and I’ve been hunting down non-fiction to find more ever since!) and that pulls the reader into the information being presented. In this book, she takes on the mysterious fire of the L.A. Public Library – and the history of the library since its inception. And along the way she teaches you about other libraries, trends in library management, arson investigations, criminal and civil litigation, architecture, book restoration, and family dynamics (both biological and the families we choose). Continue reading Book Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Character Interviews AND Bonus Excerpts from Water to Water by Karen A. Wyle

Today I’m beyond pleased to introduce you to Karen Wyle’s new book – Water to Water – via a very cool concept: character interviews. To set the stage, I’ll provide a blurb on the book. Then you’ll be able to read two interviews with characters from the story, as well as read an excerpt. I’ll be following this up with another set of interviews and excerpts later this year, so keep your eye out! Enjoy!

About the Book
When the time comes for Vushla to die, they go into the ocean and are dissolved away. Or so Terrill has always believed, and still believes after taking part in his father’s final journey. But when he meets a young Vushlu who lives by the sea, Terrill must confront information that calls this fundamental belief into question. Will the two of them discover the truth? And what should they do with what they find?

And check out the book trailer – it’s stunning!

Character Interview with Honnu
Honnu is a young Vushlu. His family are fisher folk and live by the sea. This interview takes place around the time the story begins, on the beach, in late afternoon. Honnu is cleaning a fishing boat.

Q. Hello. I hope I’m not disturbing –

A. Watch out! I’m using seawater here. Continue reading Character Interviews AND Bonus Excerpts from Water to Water by Karen A. Wyle

Interview: Marri Champié, Author of Silverhorn

Today I’m pleased to bring you a Q&A with Marri Champié, whose new book Silverhorn will be released soon. Enjoy!

About Silverhorn
Silverhorn is a paranormal contemporary fantasy by award winning author Marri Champié. It will be available on November 5, 2018, via Kasva Press. The book lies somewhere between Fantasy/Science Fiction and a modern day Western.

Silverhorn explores themes of magic/mysticism, history and Celtic and Native American traditions and heritage, family dynamics, love, friendship and music. It follows Willa – a young, beautiful rising rock n’ roll star who is also a cowgirl whose family ranch is the Silverhorn, a wild area that has long been off-limits to outsiders. Willa becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind a mysterious legend about what is on the other side of Silverhorn Canyon – is it a Native American legend or something far more ancient? She risks it all to find out. Readers who enjoy cross-genre novels in which science and magic coexist, and those drawn to the Wild West will find it doubly appealing. Continue reading Interview: Marri Champié, Author of Silverhorn

Book Review: The Selah Branch by Ted Neill

I liked it. And yes, that is a simple statement about a fairly complicated book, but it is the salient fact, as far as my review is concerned. Much of the following is somewhat ancillary to that point, but I think important (obviously, or I wouldn’t have written it) nevertheless, so bear with me…

If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s the summary:

Kenia Dezy, a Georgetown college student, is unable to join her best friend in Haiti for summer practicum. Her dreams of helping those in impoverished communities are quickly dashed, until a professor suggests she study in Selah Station, West Virginia. The town has a rich history of black culture, as it was one of the stops of the Underground Railroad where escaped slaves would cross to Maryland, and that Selah Branch University was the first fully integrated university. As she discovers more about the town’s backstory, she learns that an industrial accident at the Selah Island Coal Processing Plant spread toxic waste throughout the town center, adjacent neighborhoods, and even the university campus. As a result, the area was declared uninhabitable.

Selah Station was once a multicultural environment, but now “there are just as many poor whites here as blacks.” Kenia also learns the truth about her father’s disappearance, as he came from a line of shamans and had the ability to time travel, which she inherited. He journeyed to another place and time but was unable to return. During her interactions, Kenia forms connections with many people in the town, including the Pennel family who has witnessed her ability to time travel. She, along with the family’s uncle, Mike, travel back to 1953 to stop the sabotage of the coal plant that changed the town forever.

Continue reading Book Review: The Selah Branch by Ted Neill

Book Review: Resurrection Men by David Craig

I’ve commented before on how some excellent books just don’t seem to lend themselves well to reviews – at least not lengthy ones. I have credited it to the strength of the plot (as odd as that may sound) and to the originality of the story. If things are well-crafted and full of the right kind of surprises, it’s hard to describe them in any great detail without giving things away. Such stories don’t deserve to have one iota of their enjoyment marred (or possibly marred) by an overzealous – and overly revelatory – review. As a result, one can speak to tone and writing, to characterization and pacing or theme, but it’s tough to be very explicit or descriptive without running the risk of saying too much.

This was such a book for me. Continue reading Book Review: Resurrection Men by David Craig



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