Archive for September, 2013

A Tap on the Window

It just wouldn’t be summertime without another thriller from Linwood Barclay. Like clockwork he churns out one great book after the other. A Tap on the Window is no exception. Cal Weaver still has many questions he wants answered after the tragic death of his son Scott, so when a soaking wet teenage girl taps on his car window asking for a ride home (yes alarm bells should have gone off in his head) he offers her a ride because, hope against hope, he thinks that she may be able to offer some info as to who sold Scott the drugs that eventually lead to his death. But the situation turns peculiar after a stop at a roadside diner when Cal realizes there is something weird about the girl, and what he’s got himself into. But of course it’s too late to go back and undo what’s already been done.  He soon realizes that Griffon New York is a town full of secrets, and the further he delves into his suspicions about Scott, and the girl he picked up, the deeper he gets involved. Barclay is a fantastic writer. His books are fast paced to say the least, full of twists and turns at every corner, and a joy to read. You won’t find better if it’s a thriller you’re looking for.

I want to point out a passage (page 210) that stuck with me… “The thing was, my generation felt so advanced, communicating through e-mails, but most kids texted, having abandoned e-mail long ago.”  There’s a little voice in my head that keeps saying “I told you Mum… e-mail is now for “oldies”.

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Booker Nominee

Ruth Ozeki’s beloved book A Tale for the Time Being has been short-listed for the prestigeous Booker prize. Though I really don’t think much about book awards, I am sincerely and wholeheartedly rooting for Ruth. This book is the best one I’ve read all year, and is probably up there in my top 5 ever. Scroll down and read my recommendation, then please go to her website and watch the little video. It is mesmarizing. Even the music is amazing.

… the Giller prize (Canada’s #1 prize for fiction written by a Canadian) long list has just been released, and shockingly A Tale for the Time Being didn’t make this list – the long list! – yet it’s on the short list for the most prestigeous book award in the world. Go figure! See why book awards don’t hold much water with me.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

There’s been a lot of buzz about this book, and rightly so. The Cuckoo’s Calling was written by Robert Galbraith, but someone let the cat out of the bag and told the world that Galbraith really is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. So all of a sudden there weren’t enough books in the world to satisfy the curiosity of the book hungry public. Poor Rowling, she’s criticized for everything she does – her first adult fiction book, The Casual Vacancy, was put under the microscope, comparing her every word to those of her Harry Potter series, and now she’s tried to write a book that will be judged on it’s own merit, without everyone knowing  it was written by the world’s most famous author, and someone has the gaul to blab (I hope they lost their job.). Anyway… back to the book. As the jacket says it’s “a brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein”. Legendary supermodel Lula Landry fell to her death from her apartment one evening and the police ruled it a suicide. But her brother thinks she was murdered. He enlists the services of private investigator Cormoran Strike (don’t you just love that name), who was previously a member of Her Majesty’s Services in Afganistan where he lost a leg to a landmine. Believe me, just the character Strike alone is well worth the price of the book – remember, we’re talking about J.K. Rowling here. He’s one really original PI. He’s plunged into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, and desparate designers. A world so very foreign to his everyday life. With the help of his office temp Robin Ellacott – another really well drawn character that helps build on the book – they set off to prove… was it a suicide or was Lula murdered. Luckily for us, this is the FIRST crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I thought it was brilliant and can’t wait for book #2. I really, really wish I had a first edition though because the second one mentions Rowling whereas I bet the first doesn’t.

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