The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!
I have been scarce the past two weeks. My head-space has been negative space as I try to digest the fact that I am being handed over to another specialist and what feels like flare up after flare up. As much as I would love to have everyone believe I handle every challenge well and am full of smiles, it just is not always the case. I am tapped. I did not want that to reflect in my posts and responses, so I spent a lot of time to myself, curled up with books and tea and doing what always helps when suffering, Netflix binging (aka thinking). FYI – I feel that Anne With An “E” deserves way more recognition that it is receiving.
Anyways, I am hopeful that I have learned something of value in it all and am moving into June full of optimism.
By John Shirley
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Kindle ASIN: B018J4QNXQ
Genre: Short Story/Horror
This collection of gritty and intense short stories compares the horrors of the real world to those of the supernatural. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
This week I am looking the 2nd story in this anthology, War and Peace. This is the tale of a cop whose partner and best friend of many years may or may not have murdered his own wife. Again, we are exposed to very graphic and gritty elements. The writing continues to deliver a complete and fast paced experience in the shortest amount of time. While I did not favor this story as much as Barbara, I still found it to be on the same level. My biggest issue is that I felt less connected to the main character and found myself more disturbed by some of the darker content. I am slowly realizing that author tends to utilize raw, sexually explicit scenes as a way of establishing how troubled and neurotic individuals are. While it is very effective, it can be hard to digest. I am still looking forward to continuing with this collection.
Snow Flower and The Secret Fan
By Lisa See
Publisher: Random House
Kindle ASIN: B000FCK71U
Genre: Historical Fiction/Cultural
In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.
As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.
- Goodreads Monday featured Mink River by Brian Doyle.
- I introduced another feature to bring more tea to the blog: Tea Talk.
Only a few posts this week, but that is okay. I am looking forward to catching up and seeing what everyone has been into. Take care and remember..
“If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.”