Previously on Supernatural… Sarah’s death, Abraham’s death, Isaac’s marriage to Rebekah: the best little camel waterer in Texas, and sibling rivalry, as per the usual. In this installment… Patty: There was a severe famine so Isaac hightailed it to Gerar. God told him to stay put and not to go to Egypt and that if he obeyed, he would be rewarded with God’s standard offer of blessings and descendants. Now, stop me if you’ve heard this one but Isaac tells everyone in town that Rebekah is his sister (because of her great beauty, he was afraid they would kill him […]
With cigarette smoke rising from under a fedora, the murky cityscape in the background, and the scarlet feathered wings, The cover of Something More than Night screams angelic noir mystery. From 2012 to 2014 I read Tad William’s excellent Bobby Dollar trilogy that kicks off with The Dirty Streets of Heaven. Bobby Dollar is the nickname of the angel Doloriel and the series is a mash up of noir mystery, urban fantasy, and angels. Something More than Night came out in 2013, the same year as the second Bobby Dollar book. It came home as a book club purchase and sat on the shelf for […]
I’ve read several books on cults like polygamy and Scientology so Greetings from Utopia Park was right up my alley. Claire Hoffman’s mother found Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a college student and introduce Claire & her brother, Stacey, to the practice as toddlers. Like most cults TM uses a lot of pseudoscience to trick people into becoming loyal devotees before draining them of all their money in an effort to get more enlightened. I never knew Maharishi. Despite the fact that he lived at the center of our lives, he was always presented to me as beyond human, with scant […]
I’m on the books as being a fan of Jon Krakauer, so as someone who is not very familiar with Mormonism beyond that South Park Episode, I was beyond curious to read his take on the history of Mormonism and the ways that certain ingrained aspects of the faith can somewhat naturally progress into the type of extremism that causes two brothers to brutally murder their sister in-law and her child because they believed they were following God’s orders. In general, one of the ways that Krakauer excels as a nonfiction author is the way that he tweaks the linearity […]
As you might guess from some of my other posts, I am enough of an Internet Old that this was a re-read for me. I thought it held up beautifully.
Upon reading the premise of this novel, I was immediately drawn in: it’s like someone rooted around in my brain and picked out the exact kind of story I wanted to write. But the actual writing and way things played out, I can’t say that I enjoyed. All the ingredients are there to make a compelling read, but ultimately didn’t come together quite so easily. To be fair, the timeline of the book spans quite a number of decades, but perhaps addressing all that time in such a manner was per say necessary. The Vintner’s Luck follows the life of a […]
3.5 stars I read this book for the first time back in October 2012. My review from back then can be found here. Back then, I rated the book 4 stars and from my write-up, I really appeared to enjoy it. The first Cannonball Read Book Club of the year was a discussion of this book, since the star-studded movie version, directed by Ava DuVernay will be in cinemas any day now. From the trailers and promotional material, the movie looks like it’s going to be visually stunning, and DuVernay has also chosen to make Meg bi-racial, played by newcomer Storm Reid, with […]
Sometimes it pays to remember the good ideas cannonballers and friends have so you can steal them outright to suit your purposes. You all should go back and read denesteak’s brilliant review from last January, she unpacks the world through her powerful viewpoint and it is more than worth your time. When I had a few hours to myself on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the States I remembered Dene’s review and the fact that I’m supposed to be finding a single sitting book for the Read Harder Challenge and off to the internet I went. I am […]