Month: May 2017

Journeys Through Bookland – Hansel and Grethel

Today’s selection from Journeys Through Bookland is the story of Hansel and Grethel by Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm. I hope you enjoy this tasty little morsel.

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“The Brethren” by John Grisham

“The Brethren” by John Grisham

In a Federal prison in Florida sit three former judges, who call themselves “The Brethren”. They run their own little court to settle internal prison disputes, and spend the rest of their time in the law library. Together, they have come up with an extortion scheme to bilk money out of rich guys who don’t want their secrets exposed. Their dead-beat lawyer serves as the courier of the letters that they busily scribble all day. Aaron Lake is a presidential candidate who is sweeping the race. Then his handlers discover a letter written to him by Ricky. They need to know who Ricky is, and they’ve got “The Brethren” in their sights.

I absolutely loved this story. I found “The Brethren” to be a really fun bunch of characters. Their scheming and personalities reminded me of a couple of offbeat uncles I was knew. But “The Brethren” are not the only ones scheming in this story. Aaron Lake’s handlers are doing plenty of their own plotting. At first, the two story lines didn’t seem to have anything to do with each other, but keep reading because the plot becomes very thick. Overall, I found this to be thrilling but also very humorous. I highly recommend!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!

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“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

Looking for a little jaunt across pre-World War II Europe? Want a few thrills along the way? Then this is the book for you. “Where Dead Men Meet” reads like a spy story with lots of action and suspense. Luke is an RAF pilot who has been grounded and is stuck behind a desk in Paris. Pippi is a young woman, who along with 2 thugs, is smuggling Jews out of Germany. Ivan is an aging hitman whose job is to kill Luke, until he has a change of heart. Throw in some German military officers and a mysterious adoption story and the bullets soon start to fly.

Spy stories aren’t my usual thing but this one sounded like a good one and I was not disappointed. I took an instant liking to Luke and then to Pippi, and even though their first meeting was less than ideal, you could tell these two liked each other. Luke has a very mysterious past and suddenly it catches up to him and places him on the wrong side of a gun. Ivan has a suspicion about who Luke really is and decides to help him escape the men that are trying to kill him. This proves to be easier said than done. I was particularly impressed with the author’s descriptions of the various villages and cities where the story takes place. This story has lots of interesting twists but none of them feel contrived. There’s bad guys, and good guys, and some for whom it’s hard to tell. Bottom line: this is a great story that I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating  4 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 5/28/2017

This has been a spectacular week, guys! My last day of work was on Thursday and I am now officially on summer vacation, which basically means I’m going to spend the next 3 months reading books, listening to books, thinking about the stories in books…..

So, down to business. The TBR now has a total of 282, the same as last week. I added 2 books and finished 2 books. One of the books I finished was a NetGalley book, but I also added a NetGalley book so my score there is 69%. And I’m still 4 books behind on my Goodreads challenge.

I’ve decided to put myself on a schedule for the summer so we’ll see how that works out. My plan is to post book reviews on Monday and Friday and release audio narrations on Wednesdays. I will also continue the weekly round-ups on Sunday. This week there will be a bonus review to coincide with the release of “Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills.

Here’s what you can expect to see:

Monday – “Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills – book review

Tuesday – “The Brethren” by John Grisham – book review

Wednesday – Journeys Through Bookland: “Hansel & Grethel” – audio narration

Friday – “Saving Abby” by Steena Holmes – book review

Where Dead Men MeetThe BrethrenSaving Abby

I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! Happy Reading!

 

“The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff Guinn

“The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff Guinn

Disturbing and fascinating at the same time! The tragedy that took place at Jonestown in Guyana has continued to haunt American history since it took place in 1978. I had just entered my teens when it took place and I have always wondered why. What would make a man orchestrate the mass suicide of his devoted followers? I found some answers in this book. The author traces the life of Jim Jones all the way back to his childhood, which was strange in itself. The reader sees him grow up to be a man of high ideals and charming enough to draw others in to his vision of what society should look like. He always had a desire to improve the lives of the downtrodden, especially blacks, and in his early years as an adult his followers are deeply involved in their communities and in establishing programs that will improve lives, such as operating nursing homes for the elderly or drug rehabilitation programs. Many of his programs were applauded for their effectiveness.

As Jim Jones approaches middle age, he becomes very paranoid about conspiracies against him and this transition seems to mark the beginning of the end. I found this book to be very enlightening and the depth of the research the author conducted is to be commended. This is not just hearsay evidence being presented but actual accounts from survivors and Peoples Temple documents. I am highly recommend this book to readers whether you’re interested in Jonestown as an historical event, or looking for a greater understanding of what made Jim Jones the leader he was.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating  5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Journeys Through Bookland – Jack the Giant Killer

In today’s episode we have another Jack but no beanstalk. You may not be familiar with this story but I hope you will enjoy it. It’s filled with giants and magical objects, and King Arthur even makes an appearance!

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“Norse Mythology” – Audiobook by Neil Gaiman

“Norse Mythology” – Audiobook by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Neil Gaiman

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.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 5/21/2017

Today’s round-up will be short and to the point because that’s just the kind of mood I’m in today.

TBR: 3 books added, 2 books finished, total 282.

Goodreads Challenge: 4 books behind schedule (hanging my head in shame).

NetGalley Score: Dropped to 69%.

Coming Soon: Review of audiobook “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman.

Norse Mythology

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.

THE LOST SENTINEL COVER

Hope to finish reading this week – “The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff Guinn.

The Road to Jonestown

Now I need to go get caught up on paperwork, Ugh. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you here again soon!

Happy Reading!

 

“Deadly Alibi” by Leigh Russell

“Deadly Alibi” by Leigh Russell

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.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3 star rating  3 stars!

Happy Reading!

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