Book Review: Long Dark Dusk by J.P. Smythe

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What is it about?

This is book two in the Australia Trilogy. If you haven’t read the first book, then you should go read Way Down Dark now.

This book takes off a short while after the other ended. Chan is looking for a little girl named Mae, whom she promised she would protect. In her effort to do so, she seeks help from a shady person and ends up in over her head. Some characters from the first book reappear and help keep the story interesting.

Is it good?

It was excellent! It is packed with action and has lots of twists that keep you interested all throughout the book. I think that Chan tries to learn from her mistakes and I really want to find out what she will do next.

Happy Reading!

 

Book Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

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What is it about?

“That’s it, then,” said Finty. “It’s a unanermous yes vote. From now on, no one dies. We’re all waiting for Harold Fry.”

Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and writes a letter to an old friend to notify him that she is dying from cancer. She hasn’t seen or heard from him in 20 years. She received a postcard from him telling her to wait for him. While she waits, she begins writing him the letter that will explain the truth of why she left.

Is it good?

Yes! Queenie’s letter is sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes funny and happy. The patients at the hospice are a wonderful cast of characters, and the memories from Queenie ‘s past are so engaging. I found myself on the brink of tears at least twice.

You do not have to have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, but that is also a wonderful book. They are set on the same time line and involve some of the same characters, but you can read each book individually.

Some memorable quotes:

Perhaps I took my mother more literally than she intended, but I applied her rule to my life; after all, we are all searching for them, the rules. We pick them up from the strangest places, and if they appear to work once we can live a whole lifetime by them, regardless of the unhappiness and difficulty they may later bring.

This can happen unintentionally, at first you might think ‘If it isn’t broken, why fix it?’ And then it’s, ‘it worked before, it should work again.’ Or maybe it’s only a simple superstition, but you get trapped doing the same thing over and over.

If only memory were a library with everything stored where it should be. If only you could walk to the desk and say to the assistant, I’d like to return the painful memories about David Fry or indeed his mother and take out some happier ones, please.

Yes, please! That would be so wonderful!

It did not change for my landlady or your neighbors or people I passed in the street. If it altered for them, the shift was brief, it was a hiccup, it was a missing of a step, the way the sudden removal of a person is a reminder of one’s own fragility before we resume the familiar, ordinary things that make us feel untouchable again. But from where I was looking, a seismic shift occurred. And like most seismic shifts, it cut everything open and pulled it apart.

I have felt both sides of this on separate occasions, and this is such an accurate description of how tragedy affects us.

Next up: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

Happy Reading!

2 Book Reviews: Ann Pratchett and Paul Levine + Post-A-Quote Challenge

This is 3 posts in one, so as to not bombard my dedicated readers with notifications.

We had a lot of down time on our magical cruise to Alaska while Little Man took his naps throughout the day. We finished Orphan Black Season 1 (WOW!), took several naps, and I managed to finish two books. He’s a good sleeper, what can I say? (He’s sleeping right now!) Continue reading