I recently read a rather superb, and long book called Pyotr Ilyich, about the life of Tchaikovsky by Adin Dalton, read the review here and the interview with the author here. Below is the book trailer.
In 1885 Chinese laborers were brought to North America to build the railroads. The triads came with them. Caught up in the clashes, Tiger Chang manages to send a letter home about an incredible discovery.
128 years later…
Phil Hardy just wants everyone to leave him alone. That way no one gets hurt. Running from his past, he thinks he has found the peace he’s seeking on the cliffs looking out over the shores of Lake Superior.
Dragon Chang is following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, in search of his discovery. The young triad leader will use all his available resources, including the killing skills he learned on the opium smuggling routes in China, to locate and secure his future. Continue reading
blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
Tina Rhoades had been the very model of a young Marine: daughter and niece of soldiers, star athlete, and honors student. With an appetite for risk and adventure and a strong competitive streak, she joined the service with a desire to prove herself in combat. But her experiences in Afghanistan began to shake her faith in the values that she had grown up with, and she left the service to attend law school. After the death of her father in police custody, and further study, reflection and experience, she became increasingly radicalized, and critical of the U.S. legal and criminal justice systems – especially of what she came to view as the capture of the Supreme Court by a repressive, ideologically-driven and well-funded minority. She could see only one way to rebalance the court – and to undo the careful efforts of the hard-core right over 30 years: to use the deadly skills she had learned in the military to invoke The Supreme Remedy.
I have gone for a slightly different review on this one, Tried twice to read this but on both occasions just couldn´t get into it, and when my online book club choose this for the August monthly book, I decided to add a whole lot of reviews and comments from various members. I found it great to read all the different opinions. I hope you enjoy them too.
Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down the comments.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster-father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Mattie was never truly mine. That knowledge must have filled me as quickly and surely as the milk from her breasts. Although my family ‘owned’ her, although she occupied the center of my universe, her deepest affections lay elsewhere. So along with the comfort of her came the fear that I would lose her some day. This is our story…
So begins Lisbeth Wainwright’s compelling tale of coming-of-age in antebellum Virginia. Born to white plantation owners but raised by her enslaved black wet-nurse, Mattie, Lisbeth’s childhood unfolds on the line between two very different worlds. Continue reading
I just loved the introduction, very warm and inviting. This book is slightly different from most books, there are ten short stories and each story is written by a different author with a completely different story line, but with one thing in common: a Mr. Blank from the Second Avenue Second Hand in Bottle Bay. Again most of the stories has a different time scale and at times you don´t know what year it is.
This is a delightful, fun easy read. Pull up a comfortable chair, make a coffee or tea and get cozy. Knights having adventures, children with loads of coins, mysteries, war and it goes on.
Each different story is very well written, has no grammatical errors and although there are different authors the writing is very similar. By far my favourite story of the lot was Bring me back an Edelweiss, got me thinking and also a little sad. The main character seems very real for someone who went away to war. Also another of my favourites was Selma´s Choice, really heartwarming when you understand what the choice was.
The ending was, to be honest, surprising, there is a side to Mr. Blank that hadn´t been seen until then and I really, really enjoyed it. Overall this is a great book with short stories and rather unusual as I have not found another similar book. Highly recommended to anyone enjoying short stories with a little extra. There is also a little bit at the end about each author and it was amazing to see that they are from various parts of the world, and are united thanks to this book.