Sunday Sum-Up

SundaySum-Up

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!

This past week has been one of little complaints. I have had the house to myself for the majority of the time and it has been quite. I have been working, cooking, reading and catching up on a few shows. While, I am struggling with my son being away, it has been an opportunity to allow myself some rest and take some “me time”.


Mini Review

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A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
By Ray Bradbury
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN13: 9780060785697
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Stories

Synopsis:

With his disarmingly simple style and complex imagination, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of American readers for decades.This collection showcases thirty-two of Bradbury’s most famous tales in which he lays bare the depths of the human soul. The thrilling title story, A Sound of Thunder, tells of a hunter sent on safari — sixty million years in the past. But all it takes is one wrong step in the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the life of a delicate and harmless butterfly — and possibly something else much closer to home …

My thoughts:

For this review I am looking solely at the story A Sound of Thunder. Aptly titled, this short work embraces the finer and more familiar elements of science fiction: time travel and the butterfly effect. It is hard to really divulge or explore the events contained within to any real degree due to the brevity of the tale, but it manages to present the age-old “small actions have larger consequences” in an entertaining  but somewhat haunting manner. A brief thought to consider though, as I usually discover when reading older sci-fi, it helps to keep in mind exactly how dated the collection is. What might tempt us to label it as overdone or cliché, certainly was not always so. If you like Bradbury, I would recommend this collection. I am enjoying my time picking through it.


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Mapping the Interior

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Long Black Veil

This was a great week for me in terms of books. I highly recommend Long Black Veil and the novella Mapping the Interior to all.


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I am still reading The Waking Land by Callie Bates and Shadow (Wendy Darling #3) by Colleen Oakes. I added another title via audio to accompany me during those times I cannot read.

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By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN13: 9781427267948

Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


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  • Goodreads Monday featured The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.
  • My 2nd You Choose, I Read selection is The Princess and the Goblin.
  • I am hosting a Belated Birthday Bash to celebrate BVT turning 1. You can enter to win a $15 Teavana e-Gift Card and $15 to spend on a book of you choice. There is still time to enter.

I have a few items on the “to do” list today and seem to have a small cold (which is insane in this 90º+ heat) so I am going wrap for now. Happy reading and have a wonderful week ahead!

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
― Ray Bradbury

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The 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!

This is a 3 day weekend for many of us. The nonhusband and son have traveled to Washington to help family with a move and visit. My daughter is on the river for a spell before work. I plan on blog hopping a little and some housework. I chose to stay home and work yesterday (which turned out to be a very short shift). I am honestly enjoying the quite while sipping my coffee and watching some true crime on Netflix and looking forward to much-needed time with a friend tonight.  Not a bad Sunday 😉


Mini Review

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Black Butterflies 
By John Shirley
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Kindle ASIN: B018J4QNXQ
Pages: 250
Genre: Short Story/Horror

Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

This weekend I have chosen to look at a single story from this collection, Barbara. I will continue to review these stories on a weekly basis. 

Barbara is a fast, dark and gritty tale. We are thrust into the life of a woman as she is car-jacked and coming to terms with her current “relationship”. For all of its brevity, this small story offers a very complete experience. The main character is easily established in such limited time, and the writing is concise and seamless. There are elements of sexuality and violence that will turn many away from this, but I found a deep appreciation for the author’s brutal and realistic approach. It gave sincere life to the story. I am looking forward to continuing with this collection and familiarizing myself with John Shirley’s work.


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The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden

Blurb:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


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Of note this week is that Creepshow by Stephen King with art by Bernie Wrightson is back in print! This nostalgic collection of horror  is back in circulation after 35 years and I could not resist! I devoured mine last night and will review soon. You can find out more on Simon&Schuster.

I am setting some goals today to accomplish a bit more than true crime binging 😉 So I am going to wrap this up. Happy reading my friends and remember:

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway

Cheers!

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The 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!

Good Morning/afternoon (or maybe even evening)! It has been another long, but productive week in and out of the blogosphere for me. Work is picking up, which is fantastic! But it also means it is more important than ever to squeeze in those breaks and down time so that I can keep a healthy momentum. Which is what I will continue to do on a weekly basis. I will sometimes miss posts or sharing. It is not personal. I follow a lot of wonderful bloggers. So many, that I cannot possibly catch up on every post missed during a two-day span. So if you feel I have missed something that you would like for me to share or read, feel free to send me an email so that I can make sure to reach for it in the middle of pile 😉

A Minor Change:

I am setting my comments to require moderation. It was a not an easy decision, as I know it will slow down my response times. However, after deleting a few comments this past week, I have realized that this is the best solution at this time. Unfortunately, not everyone who visits the site shares the common respect we hold for one another and authors. So while, I know that this will create a little more work on my end, I feel that is it worth it to prevent any unnecessary negativity. I want to continue to promote a positive and inviting atmosphere for everyone.  I appreciate the patience while I sort it all out 🙂


Mini Review

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The Salt Man
By Matt West
Kindle ASIN: B0722MBLZT
Pages: 31
Genre: Horror

 

Blurb: Four short stories. One will scare you, one will make you cry, one will make you blue, and another make you hope to never die.

My Thoughts: 

This is a small collection of somewhat frightening tales all composed by the same author. While only two of the four stories managed to actually scratch my horror itch, I found appreciation for the fluid writing style and consistency throughout. I think this is why I sometimes fare better with anthologies written by a single author.

Each story is very brief, but not without a message of caution tucked within. An enjoyable read if you are looking for something darker to pass a few minutes. My favorite of the four tales would be First In, Last Out. There is not much else that can really be said without spoiling the collection.


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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
By Laini Taylor

Blurb:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

This is actually a buddy read with Debby @ Always Booking! I am excited to share our thoughts when we complete this hefty little gem!


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I have a few households errands to accomplish today so I will wrap up for now. I would love to hear about your week! Share your current reads and plans for this upcoming week below and let’s catch up and chat 🙂  As always, take care and be well and above all else be you!

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
-Jon Stewart

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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