Here’s another crash course in Pia catching up on her reading blog posts all at once!
MAMA FISH by Rio Youers
We’ve all been there. We knew that one kid that didn’t quite fit in with his or her classmates. Some of us might have been that kid. Patrick Beauchamp introduces us to Kelvin Fish through memories of his childhood mixed with current day struggles of identity.
You can read an excellent review of it at “What Lurks Beneath the Covers”. I can’t say it any better, so please check it out!
LAKE HOUSE by James Patterson
Ah yes, I can hear the eyebrows jumping up through the internet void. I generally avoid authors that have taken up residence on the Best-Seller list.
Patterson is hugely popular, and I can see why. He manages some trouble, some tension, and a lot of cutsie moments about children, not fitting in, and flying. That being said, I felt the story had little depth and read more like a secret diary of Patterson’s deepest desire to learn to fly himself.
I enjoyed the concept in this and the first part of the story, WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, of children born in a secret lab genetically altered to have not only wings, but other bird-like qualities. The storyline itself (LAKE HOUSE) is a redundant follow-up to the first, with another secret lab and a scientist/doctor who wants the winged children for his own nefarious plans.
On a positive note, it was a quick and easy read, perhaps appropriate reading for a vacation on a beach, where reading with a drink in hand and sand in your shorts makes for a relaxing week away from the evil place called work.
DEAD TO THE WORLD by Charlaine Harris
The forth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and another of those quick and easy reads called paranormal romance. I read this one in the span of 24-hours. I had been disappointed in book three, but this one was better. Perhaps that was partially because my favorite character has always been Eric. I had my reservations because I’m not a fan of amnesia storylines, but the different side of Eric that developed when he didn’t know his past was interesting. Plus, he and Sookie finally… *ahem*. About effin’ time!
Harris added yet another aspect to her supernatural world. Introducing witchcraft to a series that already has vampires, werewolves, and shifters, might have given the story too much clutter, but she kept each group in its role. Also, my hackles immediately quivered at the mention of witchcraft and Wicca. I did not want to read a story about evil witches that would do nothing but propagate the already frustrating Christian stereotype of working magic. Evil witches were the focus of the story, yes, but there were also witches that fit in with today’s real witches.
Finally, like the book about Dallas, this book starts and ends with a separate story that didn’t mean anything to the rest of the story. Jason disappears and while Sookie frets and searches for him through the book, his disappearance (and the resolution of it) lent nothing to the main story. Still an easy read and a nice way to space out the horror novels.
CROOKED LITTLE VEIN by Warren Ellis
There is so much I want to say about this book, but if I start referencing it, I’ll go quote crazy. From the first line, when a down-and-out private investigator wakes to the sound of a rat pissing in his coffee, to the end when our PI, Mike, decides what to make of the drug-addled member of the White House, Ellis keeps up a steady prose of crass observations, bad luck, and sassy dialogue.
I absolutely loved Ellis’s voice in this story, portrayed as a “shit magnet” P.I. named Mike hired to find an ancient book that could change the face of America. During his investigation, following the trail of the book from owner to owner with pretty young Trix as his assistant, Mike discovers things that disgust him in America’s underworld as it surfaces to the mainstream through his world-saavy girl’s familiarity with each questionable act.
Not only was this a dirty and fun story, but Ellis also gives great scrambled egg in the additional content in the back of the book. It is not, however, for everyone. Oh, definitely not. You’ve been warned. While you try to decide what to make of that warning, I’ll be reading it again. And again.
More later, my dear Readers. I’ve finished Ray Garton’s RAVENOUS and I’m well drawn in to a couple of more stories, including getting sucked into Joe Hill’s HORNS in the first paragraph. What are you reading, dear Readers? Talk to me.