2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review: Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz

HOLY. COW.

X wants out. And he’s trying, so hard, to get there… Unfortunately, his latest Nowhere Man case keeps unfolding like an onion from hell, and as he races against his own body and clocks that keep resetting, the options in front of him keep shrinking. Of course, he’s Orphan X, so you know he’ll wrangle all the pieces together eventually, but there were several points in this one where I honestly didn’t see how – even with his mad skills and incredible supporting cast.

Seriously, I don’t know how Hurwitz manages to keep ramping up the action AND devising new and incredibly intricate plots for Evan Smoak to unravel, all while maintaining the integrity of the central theme of redemption and never lapsing into any issues of suspended disbelief or incredulity… Continue reading Book Review: Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz

Guest Post: Bullets and Books: Looking Back on MAD Librarian Three Years Later by Michael Guillebeau

So in late 2017, I introduced you to the magic world of the MAD and its madcap cast of MAD Librarians (a group of women who go to exceptional lengths to keep their local library not only open but exapanding) all of whom were developed by the marvelous Michael Guillebeau who has donated half of his proceeds from the book to keeping libraries alive. The book is now available in audio format and I am delighted to report that the narration is every bit as marvelous as reading the book myself was. And as marvelous as the author, also. Those are powerful words coming from an avowed read-not-listen reader like myself, so pay attention to them – and then go out and buy, borrow, steal, appropriate, or do whatever you need to do to get your hands on a copy. Your ears will thank me. And then go out and do something in support of YOUR local library – we need more of us to get MAD if we want to keep them alive and thriving in this era of budget cuts and dramatically increased expectations on savagely decreased funding…

Oh yeah, and Michael writes other great stuff too, so if you haven’t seen them, check out his shorts and his fabulous mystery that I’ve also been fortunate enough to read and review!

Bullets and Books: Looking Back on MAD Librarian Three Years Later
by Michael Guillebeau

Three years ago, I was working on a book about a small-town librarian who stole to keep the town library alive after the town cut off its funding. Continue reading Guest Post: Bullets and Books: Looking Back on MAD Librarian Three Years Later by Michael Guillebeau

Book Review: Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren

This one was…odd. Mostly in a good way, although also in a confusing one. Warren has crafted an atmospheric tale that feels a little like Shirley Jackson (a high compliment coming from me) crossed with Kurt Vonnegut (not-so high, as I tend to feel lost in a disorienting way when reading him) by way of eerie (as opposed to horrifying) Stephen King (high again). The result is an unusual amalgamation of creepy, intriguing, dark-knowing-smile-inducing madness that left me uncertain about what I was reading even as I was reading it. It was eerie and unsettling – and mostly in a good way. Continue reading Book Review: Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren

Book Review: The Legacy of Ra by M. Sasinowski

What a marvelous find this series was – and while I’m sorry to see it end, I’m delighted at the way all the moving pieces have come together into a fabulously coherent tale that I have thoroughly enjoyed! If you are a follower, you will have noted that I’ve already raved about books one and two. Book three delivered every bit as seismic a shock wave as the previous two, but also brought with it a sense of resolution that tied all the loose ends together in a way I never would have imagined but that, in hindsight, somehow also felt entirely and comfortingly right. Continue reading Book Review: The Legacy of Ra by M. Sasinowski

Excerpt and Introduction: The Tissue Trail Conspiracy by Garth Gunston

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to author Garth Gunston and his new novel, The Tissue Trail Conspiracy. The story describes the harrowing journey of a group of backpackers sentenced to death after unknowingly carrying heroin into Singapore.

Here’s the full summary: The life of Edward Thurston, medical researcher and amateur photographer, is spun into disarray as he is catapulted into the drug smuggling plot to undermine the bidding to host the Olympic Games. His detention by Nepalese authorities, off the back of taking footage of a high-altitude salt caravan on the Nepal Tibet border, is intertwined with the unfolding events of five female backpackers who have found themselves with a worse fate – execution.

Having unknowingly carried heroin into Singapore within the souvenirs of their Tissue Trail trek from Nepal, they face certain death, hopeless to expect more, until Edward inadvertently begins exposing a politically explosive global conspiracy.

If that doesn’t get your attention, check out the excerpt below – which definitely caught mine! Enjoy…

From The Author
If a lady reader you’ve never met writes “This is the first book to beat my dyslexia since I had my children” the first reaction is surprise, the second is delight and the third pure emotion. Continue reading Excerpt and Introduction: The Tissue Trail Conspiracy by Garth Gunston

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