This is a wonderful piece of historical fiction about a unique place in time. Prohibition and a disastrous floods show the reader an unrecognizable America. The characters are tough, knocked about by their respective experiences. This was a time when people got by on little and expected less. "The Tilted World" is simply written and full of fascinating historical details.
Donnybrook follows a group of people from the back alleys and dive bars and rural mountains of the rough & tumble South looking to gain glory and riches at an infamous backwoods, no holds barred, bareknuckle fighting tournament in Tennessee. Frank Bill is among a class of writers like Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock who inspire TV shows such as Ozark and True Detective that write with beauty and wonder about people who are tough and dangerous not because they want to be, but because they have to be too they don't get swallowed whole by the world around them.
The Woman in the Window takes you on a suspenseful journey that has you questioning the motives of all characters involved. I couldn't put this book down, let alone read it fast enough. If you enjoyed Girl on the Train, or Little Fires Everywhere, sit tight, draw the blinds, and enjoy The Woman in the Window.
Marissa Meyer takes the reader through lands and characters filled with magic and challenges that change our perceptions about the Queen of Hearts. Catherine's backstory is one that every young lover can relate to. You will leave this book questioning if the evil Queen of Hearts is truly evil or rather the woman that you deeply understand, relate to, and can rally behind. What you once thought was good and bad will be changed, altered, and challenged. You will be asking yourself if all jokes are a fun and quirky jest, or if the Jester that Catherine dares to get to know is both the love of her life and the undoing of her future. do you have the courage to follow your dreams? Is love worth sacrificing for? And are all evil queen's truly evil?
Mother and daughter travel together to find thselves and each other
Sue and Ann take turns writing from their perspectives. Love, heartache, home sickness, career changes, and moves are all dealt with along with depression, mother daughter relationships, and personal autonomy. This book explains and deals so beautifully with depression that I bought my therapist a copy. The journey is inspiring, delighting, heart warming, and will make you want to hug your mom and then go be creative. A bit too deep for a Mother's Day gift, but absolutely perfect for a bubble bath and glass of wine book.
Oh I know I'm funny, just very underappreciated. - Harry Dresden
I quickly fell in love with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. I read all 15 books in less than six months. A noble Knight of the cloth, a neurotic M.E., a no nonsense policewoman, and the wizard of sarcasm himself Harry Dresden, make for a great cast of characters in this Urban Fantasy series. Starting with Storm Front, Harry has to deal with a wife who is out of sorts looking for her husband, a string of magical murders where he is suspect numero uno, and a disgruntled mob boss. Join Harry in his adventure as he attempts to unravel the mystery and make his rent, because being Chicago's only Wizard in the yellow pages isn't easy.
by Snyder, Scott/ Tynion IV, James/ Williamson, Joshua/ Manapul, Francis (ART)/ To, Marcus
Great intro to new comicbook fans
This story follows the events of Dark Nights: Metal and finds the Green Lantern Corps trying to contain a breach in the Source Wall at the edge of the universe that was created during the fight with the Dark Multiverse. Brainiac has arrived on Earth and attacks all of the planets Meta Humans which naturally leads the heroes to believe that he is trying to conquer the planet. He later reveals his intentions are to gather all of Earth's heroes and villains to repel an attack on his home world of Colu by four ancient Gods that were released during the battle with the Dark Multiverse. He assembles them into four teams, Mystery, Wonder, Wisdom and Entropy each embodying one of the Gods. If they fail to save Colu, Earth is the Gods next target. The story manages to be humorous while being epic at the same time. Seeing the interaction between Earth's heroes and villains, how they butt heads and work together reluctantly is great. They all have a sense of distrust for each other but the sheer magnitude of what they are facing forces them to swallow their pride and focus on the mission that is assigned to them. It is also very fast paced and a quick read with plenty of unexpected twists. The consequences of the conclusion of this story promise to be far reaching within the DC universe so if you have been looking for a place to get started reading comics this would be that place.
Mary Roach is an incredible author and she did not disappoint with Spook. She has thoroughly researched all the things that WILL (and all the things that COULD) happen to your body after you die. Between the normal occurrences at the funeral home to the ways cadavers are used in medical research, you will be amazed to know about all of the things your (dead) body can do. It's humorous and informative. I'm not typically a non-fiction reader, but Mary Roach never fails to keep me interested. If you're looking for something educational but also a little bit quirky, then I highly recommend Spook or any other title by Mary Roach!
Mary Beard's book How Do We Look delves into history to investigate how art and monuments impacted history, both socially and culturally. Perfect for any casual reader of history or art with interesting looks into ancient civilizations, Beard gives her usual coverage of ancient Greek and Roman culture, but also expands past Western civilizations into Chinese, Olmec, and Indian culture. This book is quick paced and insightful, leaving the reader more open-minded to civilization and what that word has meant throughout history.
by Gurihiru (COR)/ Marshall, Dave (COR)/ DiMartino, Michael Dante (COR)/ Konietzko, Bryan (COR)/ Yang, Gene Luen (COR)
What happened to Zuko's Mom?
I read this after watching all of "Avatar The Last Airbender" TV show and it answered a lot of the questions I had. This answered the question of what happened to Zuko's mom. This gave a good history regarding why she left and where she has been. If you like "The Search" you will also like "The Promise."
A classic fantasy story told exceptionally well. Knight and Queen's Champion Sparhawk returns home after 10 years in exile he finds his young Queen Ehlana slowly dying and kept alive only by being trapped in mystical crystal, being sustained by horrible sacrifice. Sparhawk only has a year to find the cure, and save both his Queen and Kingdom.
Jim Butcher does a fantastic job stepping into the world of Spider-Man. He managed to write a novel about a superhero that everyone knows and loves, and made it his own! Butcher does a great job with Spider-Man, Mary Jane, and even a surprise villain's character development. This book is like reading a comic book with no pictures, and I loved every minute of it.
The Eyre Affair tells the story of Thursday Next, a government worker who specializes in literary fraud. When her uncle invents a device that literally transports a reader into the story of their choice, he is targeted and kidnapped by the villain Acheron Hades along with the original manuscript of "Jane Eyre." Thursday is determined to find her uncle and save the literary masterpiece at all costs. Set in an alternate reality Great Britain, "The Eyre Affair" is packed with surreal British humor and action-packed detective work. Thursday is a delightfully snarky and powerful female lead. Her cynicism and wit make her a hilarious narrator. With elements of time travel, cloning, and mysteriously menacing government agencies, this genre-bending book will have you laughing out loud.
Conor's mother has been diagnosed with cancer, but that doesn't stifle her fun-loving nature. She continues to live on and to fight the disease with everything she's got, and Conor believes in her ability to overcome it. But when her treatments start to fail, Conor's hope slowly falters. Meanwhile, a monster begins showing up at Conor's bedroom window every night. Who is this monster, and what, if anything, can Conor learn from him? As Conor comes closer and closer to having to accept the devastating reality of his mother's fate, he finds that sometimes the most terrible truths are the ones that we hide deep within ourselves. This is a beautiful and heart-wrenching tale that, for me, hit extremely close to home. I bawled my eyes out several times throughout it. Short, but powerful, A Monster Calls is a story that both young and old will be able to appreciate and enjoy. Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy...you'll probably need it.
by Morrison, Grant/ Mora, Dan (ILT)/ Dukeshire, Ed (ILT)/ Newman, Scott (ILT)/ Harburn, Eric (EDT)
How Santa Claus Began
This is not your parents' Yuletide tale. Get in the holiday spirit with the action-packed origin story of Santa Claus. Grant Morrison pens a gritty medieval tale in which Klaus returns to a hometown that has become an authoritarian nightmare. All toys are confiscated from children, and the men toil away in a mine for Lord Magnus's pursuit of demonic power. Combined with Dan Mora's superb illustrations, Morrison presents a thrilling seven chapters that humanizes the gift giving populist as a superhero who risks life and limb to bring joy to Grimsvig, and the world beyond its walls.
A glimpse of a bygone time as seen through a storied department store
The book Marshall Field's by Gayle Soucek is a richly detailed journey back in time via Chicago's legendary department store. With a wealth information and a riveting story the history of Marshall Field's reveals itself to not only be a large part of Chicago history but American and International history as well.
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader Must Learn Trust
Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances tells parallel stories between two time periods: The Galactic Civil War (5 years before A New Hope) and The Clone Wars (about 25 years before A New Hope). The Clone Wars story tells how Anakin Skywalker and Grand Admiral Thrawn first met. It focuses on a planet, way beyond the reach of the Republic, where rumors say the Separatists are building factories. The Galactic Civil War story is about Thrawn and Darth Vader working together to find a disturbance in the Force on the same planet they met all those years ago. The strength in the book comes from the parallel stories. One shows Anakin as a hero of the Republic, while the other is about Darth Vader doing everything in his power to leave that life in the past. I would highly recommend this book if you are fan of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars as well as Star Wars: Rebels, as this book does a very good job of bridging the two series together as well as filling in plot between seasons of the shows.
Because You Love to Hate Me makes you have a better understanding of villains and really relate to them. After finishing this book it made me think about all of the other villains I have read about and question if they really were terrible people or just had to make hard choices in bad situations.
In the final installment of the fantastic Throne of Glass series, Sarah J Maas holds nothing back. As a war is being waged against the forces of evil that have crept into the far reaches of this world, the winding paths of our beloved characters converge in this final epic battle. Despite the abundance of immortal warriors bearing arms on both sides of the battle, it is those select few with the power to heal that can truly sway the tide of the war. As she takes her final stance for the home she loves and the people she swore to protect, Aelin Galathynius will rattle the stars to bring forth this new world, a better world.
Thrilling Bestselling YA Fantasy series comes to a close
For fans of Sarah J. Maas's bestselling series, "Kingdom of Ash" was a phenomenal way to conclude the world of the Throne of Glass. Aelin had been captured by Queen Maeve at the end of one of the previous titles "Empire of Storms" and thus creating a chain of events that lead us towards the final battle that takes place, one most heart-wrenching was discovering her new fae husband, Rowan, and her were mates all along. Determined to be reunited with her, he sets out with some of their comrades and set out to rescue her. Little did they all know, though, was that Aelin didn't leave them behind empty handed. SHe brought them an army from just about every corner of Erilea and even Wendlyn, calling old favors and debts in order to try to fight for a better world. The story has multiple groups throughout, some meeting up later on, others not until the final battle. It was so amazing as a fan when certain characters were reunited, and almost as great with some meeting each other for the first time. Lots and lots of battles take place, some groups faring better than others. the relationships between certain characters also continue to develop, and not everyone has a happy ending. While some would complain that there wasn't much of a plot, just battle after battle, I thought the plot was all the set up for that final battle with the evil Valg king Erawan and Aelin. the book was all about what the final outcome would be. Without giving too much away, as a fan since 2012 when the series first arrived, I can say I was very satisfied with everything that happened in the book. So happy to see so much tribute from the first book, so much representation of the characters and how their stories come to their conclusion. I am sad its over, it was such an incredible journey through a magical world with amazing, memorable characters. The only other series that has gotten so much emotional investment was a certain series by J.K Rowling, and while nothing can compare to HP, Throne Of Glass is definitely up there. As a fan, I just thank Sarah for telling such an amazing story, and to inform anyone reading this that its just about the perfect way to draw this book series to a close. You won't be disappointed.