Fun and fascinating! “Norse Mythology” is just what it sounds like, a retelling of the Nordic mythological tales. But it was so much more at the same time. This is my first adventure with Neil Gaiman and my first audiobook in way too many years, and I am now hooked on both. I do occasionally enjoy mythology and I was intrigued by this one because I was pretty much clueless about the Nordic myths. When I started listening I thought maybe I’d gotten in over my head because there were a lot of characters with names that I had no reference point for. However, the more I listened, the more the characters came together in my mind and the stories were just fascinating. The characters in these tales somehow seemed more human and less god-like than, say, the Roman or Greek gods. Of course there is Thor with his mighty hammer, but I found myself most fascinated by Loki, who can be quite devilish at one moment, and in the next be the one who has the perfect solution. There are some pretty violent scenes in these stories that might not be appropriate for younger children. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Neil Gaiman is a perfect narrator, not overly dramatic, but able to bring out the characters as individuals. You should give this one a try.
Currently Reading: “The Lost Sentinel” by Suzanne Rogerson. This is her latest book and will be released on June 16th. My review will go up on the 14th. If you want to pre-order, it is currently only $0.99 on Amazon. Click the title above to go there.
This is book 9 in the DI Geraldine Steel series. In this installment, Geraldine is on the hunt for a murderer who left his victim in a trash bin outside a charity shop. The husband is the immediate suspect, but when his mistress disappears, Geraldine is not so sure that the obvious choice is the right answer. In the midst of this, her birth mother has died and Geraldine finds out she has a twin sister who is very needy. Trying to balance all this proves to be a great challenge.
I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but I did not, while reading, have the sensation of having missed out on the backstory. The parts of the previous stories that you needed to understand this one were definitely there. I liked Geraldine as a detective but wasn’t quite as impressed with her as a person. She makes some choices in this story that felt out of character to me and made the story a little hard for me to believe. I’m sure that fans of this series will enjoy this episode but overall I didn’t find anything in this story that “wow-ed” me.
Time to take a hard look at just how much I didn’t do this week! First of all, I did not make progress on my Goodreads challenge, and in fact I fell further behind. I am now 3 books behind on my challenge (heavy sigh). On the plus side, I only have 10 working days left in this school year, so I’m hoping to get caught up in June.
NetGalley: I finished one book and my rating is now at 71%. I am currently reading 2 more books from here and am looking forward to finishing them this week (wishful thinking).
TBR: As previously mentioned, I only finished one book this week. But because I’m so good at it, I added 2 more books. So the new (and ever increasing) total is 280.
So what am I currently working on? First, I’m nearly finished with “Deadly Alibi” by Leigh Russell This is a NetGalley selection. Also from NetGalley, I am reading “The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff Guinn.
In other new, I’ve recorded another episode of Journeys Through Bookland and I’m hoping to post that today or tomorrow so keep your eyes and ears open for that. That’s it for this episode. I’m expecting this week to be a lot less busy than last week, so maybe there’s some hope for me.
My deepest thanks to Russ Katz for bringing this story to life! In “The Principal’s Daughter” we are introduced to Kim, whose father is the principal of the school in the South Vietnamese village they live in near Saigon. Kim grows up during the war and her village becomes the center of the Tet Offensive when she is still a young girl. She endures the deprivations of the war and subsequent Communist regime with the hope of one day emigrating to America.
I found this story to be very moving and enlightening. Reading Kim’s story opened my understanding of the Vietnam War in a new way, and introduced me to a culture I previously had no knowledge of. I was also very impressed with the author’s writing. This book was fairly easy to read, although there is use of Vietnamese language, particularly names, which threw me a bit in places. As I understand it, this is the author’s second book and first piece of non-fiction, and I just have to say, “Job well done”. The personalities of the people come through in a way that I felt as if I was sitting with them hearing the story from their lips. I think that stories like this go a long way towards helping us as individuals to see the people of other cultures as not just different but as fellow humans on a journey to fulfillment. I hope that many people will read this book and allow it to give them new insight.
Time again for our weekly gathering! I hope you are all enjoying spring. We finally have some warm weather here in North Dakota and things are turning green. I have 15 more days of work before summer break, since I work at a school I get the whole summer off and every year I can’t wait. Honestly, I think I’m worse than the kids!
There are some changes on my website. You may have noticed that the address has changed to alinefromabook.com, no more typing in the wordpress part of the extension. I’m planning o make some changes to the look also over the next few weeks so keep your eyes open for that. Also, I have decided to start recording the stories in Journeys Through Bookland and you can look forward to more of those coming your way. The first one is The Three Little Pigs and you can find it here.
Let’s talk TBR now, because I know that’s why you are reading this. I only added one book this week! I dropped one because it just wasn’t interesting to me, and I finished reading 2 books. That brings the total to 279. I didn’t read any NetGalley books this week and my rating remains at 70%.
Hello everyone! I’m trying something new. I’ve decided to make audio recordings of the stories from Journeys Through Bookland. Some of you may have seen my previous posts with the stories typed out. I thought this might be a fun way to share. You can listen to the reading at your leisure, by yourself, with your kids, whatever suits your fancy.
This first one is The Three Little Pigs but this version is a little more grisly than the version most of us are familiar with. Excuse the little burble in the audio near the end. This is my first time doing this so the quality is not the best. I hope you enjoy and if you have any comments or suggestions please leave them below. It would be really helpful if someone can just leave me a comment telling me if the audio worked. If you want more posts of this type, please hit the Like button. Hope you are having a great weekend!
This book is about the life and trial of Mary Bateman. She was hanged on March 20, 1809 after being convicted of murder just days before. But Mary’s crimes began many years earlier when at the age of 5 she stole a pair of shoes. She became a very clever con-woman and thief, and while she was convicted of one murder, there were several other unusual deaths within her circle of influence over the years. The author has compiled the known facts about Mary and the society she lived in, in order to tell the story of this infamous woman’s life from childhood to her death.
I found this book to be very well written. The author has organized the chapters so that each covers a section of her life and her activities during that time. We get to see how her crimes escalate over time. Mary apparently employed the use of fictitious personas to lure her victims into her schemes. She was somewhat educated and knew how to read and write, this gave her a leg up on the neighbors that she was able to use to her advantage. Mary was married and had several children but the knowledge or involvement of her husband has never been definitively established and remains a mystery. I really enjoyed reading this book and history buffs or true crime addicts should enjoy it also.
Senator Bowe has gone missing and his wife Madison wants to know why. So does the President. Jake Winters is a researcher that the President calls on when he needs help with special situations. This is one of those situations. When the Senator is found dead in the woods, Jake and Madison are thrown together in order to determine exactly what happened, but they may be in for more than they bargained for before they get their answers.
As with other novels by this author, this is a thriller with some graphic violence. I liked the characters of Jake and Madison, though I did take a little while to warm up to Madison. The story is political in nature and has some engaging twists and turns. Unlike most of this author’s books, this is a stand-alone and not part of a series which is a little disappointing since I would love to see these characters developed further. Overall, this is a good story, but I didn’t find it as engaging as other books I’ve read by this author. That being said, I’m not a big fan of political stories, so that makes it hard for me to be objective.