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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 …

First Impressions Friday Monday: THE CALCULATING STARS

Yes, yes I know, it’s Monday, but in my defence, I only started reading this novel Saturday evening. So here I am, offering up my First Impressions … on a Monday! “On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong …

First Impressions Friday: GLASS HOUSES

Following on from the excellent TH1RT3EN, a kick-ass legal thriller from Steve Cavanagh, I picked up Louise Penny’s thirteenth book (see, see what I did there) in her Armand Gamache series, GLASS HOUSES. And, before I knew it, was almost half way—over half way?—through the book. And, at this break neck pace, I look set to finish the rest of it possible tonight, in one sitting! Yes, it’s that good. Yes, it’s that absorbing. This has been, so far, one very powerful read. So much so, I was cussing Penny’s good name last night. Yelling at Gamache, no, literally, I was that absorbed with the character, and what was happening! My partner asking me what was wrong and, on seeing my face, thought I might throw the book at the wall. No! I can’t tell you at this stage why, it would spoil everything. Just know that when I do finish and get around to writing my review, there will be some big time spoilers involved. There will be no other way to talk about …

First Impressions Friday: THE WHISPERER

Here’s the lo-down, based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. Then, link back to Joe at, Storeys of Stories! It’s been a while since I did one of these, especially with the holidays. And, after reading two books quickly, back to back, I probably wasn’t in the mood yesterday for another. I picked up and started, then put aside, two very different books. But then, yesterday evening, I picked up The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi and, that was that. I got sucked in. “Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found. Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They’re confident they’ve got the right suspect …