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Book Review: THE LOST MAN

DETAILS Title: THE LOST MAN Author: Jane Harper Publisher: Flatiron Books ISBN: 9781250229106 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects… WHAT I THOUGHT Jane Harper has done it again. Written another compelling, thought-provoking, absorbing slice of life in the Aussie outback beneath a blistering sun. THE LOST MAN is as complex and twisted as they come and taking the same formula that worked for THE DRY, puts the reader …

First Impressions Friday

First Impressions Friday: The Bear & The Nightingale For those of you who don’t know, First Impressions Friday is exactly that, based on your first impressions of your current read, do you think you will love or hate it by the end? Don’t forget to link back to Joe at Storeys of Stories. Funnily enough, it looks like both Joe and I started reading THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden. But I’m thinking we both might have differing opinions on this one, by the end of our reads. This is another of those books well reviewed by a lot of people who loved it. And it was based on a couple of recommendations that I decided to add it to my TBR for my Fantasy February reads. “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 …

Book Review: SCYTHE

DETAILS Title: SCYTHE Author: Neal Shusterman Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442472433 Genre: SF | YA BACK COVER BLURB Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. They learn living in a perfect world comes only with a heavy price. WHAT I THOUGHT The premise for SCYTHE is a really good one. It comes across as being unusual—here we have people who train to deal death as a means of culling the growing population in a world were everyone is, technically, immortal. This is a story that should have everything going for it … as an idea. …

Books, Books, Books

There’s always more room for books! I am extremely late posting anything today, but then I do have a good excuse. I was out earlier this morning, at the mall, at the only English bookshop in Québec City [La Maison Anglaise] buying … yes, you guessed it: books! Two books that I had on order. THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper TEXAS SICARIO by Harry Hunsicker Now I’m worried I just might throw my Fantasy February list out the window and start THE LOST MAN next. Arrggh, I so want to read it next.