Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Admittedly I got totally bogged down last year and just gave up blogging. I have decided to turn over a new leaf and try, once again, to blog all the books I read.  To get caught up for the month I am not going to blog them in the order I read them or any other specific order other than the one that is sticking most in my mind.

The other day I read The Weird Sisters driving from Reno to Salt Lake. I wasn't driving, by the way, my husband was. Okay I had actually read about 2 chapters the day before but the rest I read on the drive home.

I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I enjoyed it so much because it is about three sisters and I am one of three sisters myself (of course we have a brother too but I am looking at the sister relationships).  The book family had a father who spoke largely in Shakespearian verse, really. It was kind of awesome to consider that instead of using quoted from say The Princess Bride, a family might throw out quotes from A Midsummer's Nights Dream or Othello. Weird but awesome.

Of course the characters all had traits that bugged me and did things that I was inwardly screaming "no, don't do that! You'll regret it!".  I think that is just a sign that the characters are written well, like real people.

I enjoyed different aspects of each of the characters so if you amalgamated them into one, you may end up with a really great character or a really crappy one depending on which batch if traits are used. The supporting characters (parents) were ethereal in a way. They floated on the edges and occasionally through the story but they were less tangible as people. I liked the contrast of this. There were also a couple of supporting male roles but they had a different quality to them. It was as though the men were only whole when they were with a sister but otherwise they were, not ethereal but, not real or substantial either.

Anyway, it's a fast and fun read. You should check it out.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Poisoned Pilgrim

The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Potzsch

This is the latest book in the Hangman's Daughter series.

I think this is a great series of historical fiction and Potzsch ends his books with a tour guide of the town (or locale) where the book takes place.  He points out the buildings that still stand that were featured in his novel and gives you good insight into the historical events that transpired.

This book takes place in 1666 at and around the monastery at Andechs. As always, he covers what passed for medicine at the time but also gives us insight as to the advancements in science and the experiments that were being done at the time.  We also get to meet an automaton which were apparently all the rage in the more cosmopolitan areas of the era.

I highly recommend this series but start at the beginning so you get the full benefit of the character development over the course of the four books.

The Seventh Child

The Seventh Child by Erik Valeur

What is it about the Swedes, Danes and Norwegians that they can write about horrific deaths as they were commonplace fender benders in life?

This book is part mystery, part murder mystery.  Being an adoptive parent, there were aspects of this book that were difficult.  The author, himself and adoptive child, wrote often of how many adoptive children felt like they didn't belong and how they were broken or discarded.  Granted, in this book the children were pretty much all told about their adoption around the age of 13 or 14 which made them feel as though they had been lied to by their parents all this time.  This made them question what else had been a lie, their love for the child?  Anything else they were lying about?  In one situation, the child was an adult and had never been told and only just learned as he helped solve a mystery involving these other people.

This was a pretty good book although a bit on the creepy side. If you like creepy murder mysteries, I think you might like this.