Friday, September 4, 2015

Captive

A powerfully written memoir that recounts Ashley Smith's seven hours of being held hostage. Ashley, a drug addict, has lost custody of her daughter and is desperately trying to turn her life around when she is taken hostage in her own apartment by Brian Nichols. He's already killed four people and she is terrified she'll be the fifth. Deciding she has nothing to lose she starts to tell Brian about her life and all the bad decisions she's made and how she's paid for them. Then she starts to read aloud from the Bible and The Purpose Driven Life and for some reason it strikes a chord with him. Together they try to work through his demons and figure out what his next move should be. This is the story of how she went from hostage to hero and turned her life around. It's an uplifting and refreshing read, perfect for fans of inspirational and Christian books. Also, soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount.

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Donnybrook

Raw, gritty, and primal, this novel of madness, violence, money, and drugs was brought beautifully to life via audiobook. Seriously, the narrator was spot on and his inflections, accents, and gravely voice added to the story. Donnybrook follows a cast of characters in the south as they make their way to southern Indiana to fight in a massive bare-knuckle fighting match to fight, sell drugs, or seek revenge. No character is without his or her flaws and violence is streaked throughout the pages. If you're going to read this, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook to get the full experience. Excellent!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fantasy Sports

A beautifully illustrated romp through magical kingdoms, treasure hunters, and the greatest challenge ever, basketball. Wiz, a young explorer/intern, tags along with Mean Mug, a muscular no-nonsense treasure hunter. Together they enter the tomb of a mummy looking for treasure to bring back to work. Once inside they must accept the mummy's challenge or remain with the skeletons in the arena. It's just their luck that the mummy is a huge basketball fan. Do they have a chance? Cute graphic novel that takes virtually no time to read. Great illustrations!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Slaughterhouse Five

After re-reading this for a fourth time I picked up on so many new elements that I had somehow overlooked the first two times. I know the character, Kilgore Trout, shows up in most Vonnegut novels but I had totally missed the fact that Howard J. Campbell, the American Nazi war criminal from "Mother Night," makes a few brief appearances in here and so does Eliot Rosewater. I feel like an idiot for missing key pieces like that! I'm getting rusty!

Anyways, this is probably one of the best instances of Kurt Vonnegut's literary genius. It's a staple in every collection and is one of the best "anti-war" books there is. Vonnegut is a master at conveying the absurdity of war and does a brilliant job of getting his point across by introducing the unforgettable Billy Pilgrim. Billy has come unstuck in time and "Slaughterhouse Five, or the Children's Crusade" is Billy's journey back and forth through different parts of his life. Billy surviving the fire bombing in Dresden during World War II, Billy marrying his wife, Billy being abducted by aliens, and Billy practicing optometry. The prose and the back and forth of all these moments is brilliant and some of Vonnegut's most memorable quotes are found in these pages.

If you haven't read this already, what are you waiting for?

Inspector Dewey

An adorably illustrated story that kids will keep coming back to. Dewey, rather Inspector Dewey, will delight readers of all ages as he recounts his story of mystery, bravery, and good ol' sleuthing. Dewey may be a cat, but he's no ordinary cat. One night, he was able to put his inspector skills to the test and keep his family safe from a mysterious figure lurking outside. Filled with hilarious phrases "Crusty Cod!", gorgeous illustrations, and intrigue; this picture book is worth every penny. I hope to see more in a series! Intended for readers 3 and up, (younger kids will love the pictures, but may struggle understanding some of the vocabulary).

I received this book for free from iRead Book Tours in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is What I Did

So this is a book discussion book that I'm reading with teens in the juvenile detention facility. I'm hoping they really dig the short breezy sections, the absence of chapters, and intrigue. As an adult reading this, I picked up the "twist" fairly quickly. However, hopefully teens who aren't heavy readers will still be surprised at the end. The story follows Logan as he comes to term with his new school, his shitty life, and his past. Something horrible happened last year. Something soo horrible that he can't talk about it or forget it. He should have stopped it but he didn't. And now it's slowly ruining his life and his reputation. All the kids at his new school think there is something horribly wrong with Logan, are they right? Reader's will try to piece together what happened and have to decide how they feel about Logan afterwards. Is everything black and white or are there shades of gray?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You're Making Me Hate You

Corey Taylor's third book is all that it promises and more. He's pulled out all the stops on this one and if you thought he was loud, crass, and in your face in his other books, you've got another thing coming! This time Corey focuses on things that piss him off, namely... YOU (people in general really). It's beyond cantankerous, picture an old man yelling with a beer in one hand and a shotgun in the other, maybe throw in some cigarettes, pit bulls, and expletives and you get the drift. He bemoans all that is wrong with our society, in crass hysterical writing and tries to offer some "humble" advice so we lowly dirtbags don't pass through life being soo moronic and self-absorbed. I should clarify however, that it is not a self help book. It's a big rant, broken into sections that contain observations, advice, and some hilarious stories to help illustrate his many points. Not for the faint of heart, this diatribe is for fans of Corey Taylor, cranky old men, and people who are just fed up with the dumb fucks.