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The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
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The Sorrow by Azhar Lorgat

Sheila Deeth, August 7, 2014

A long slow novel, Azhar Lorgat’s The Sorrow invites readers into the deteriorating life and failing humanity of a man tried beyond his power to endure and compelled by circumstance onto the ruthless path of a vigilante. Darkly detailed murder scenes, gritty gangsters, angst-filled self-analysis, and the modern props of cell-phones and spy cameras give the reader a sense of old-school noir blended with modern detective fiction. Add a hint of Batman without the toys, and you’ll see where it might be going.
Jack Mercer’s almost perfect life never quite looks real in a world he so freely condemns, but the urge to do right leads him to a place where the urge to do wrong might be stronger. Bereft of all he loves, he turns to revenge. While the logic isn’t always convincing in this tale, and complex explanations sometimes detract from the detailed realism, it’s certainly a fascinating depiction of man’s descent into inhumanity. The slow pace leaves readers plenty of time to ponder and draw their own conclusions, and the distant ray of hope continues to promise light at story’s end.
The Sorrow is a dark heavy read, filled with detail and introspection, and set in a dark heavy world, not so far from home.
Disclosure: I won an ecopy and I offer my honest review.
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After Midnight by Kathy Clark
After Midnight

Sheila Deeth, August 7, 2014

After Midnight tells a tale of cops with guns where injuries are real, people die, and the walking wounded don’t get straight up from their sickbeds to fight again. But Sam is determined to find out why his friend died, and there’s definitely something strange about the hooker-who’s-not-a-hooker.

“Car nine, out of service. End of watch. We thank you for your sacrifice...” Powerful words, powerfully portrayed in a funeral that stays with the reader, giving depth and sincerity to this tale. Tragic circumstances are offset with the delightful humor and genuine affection of pitch-perfect dialog, as Sam falls in love, his siblings tease, and a beautiful woman finds her life in danger.

Great characters, great romance, sensual sex scenes, intriguing mystery (yeah, I guessed, but that’s me), and a cool location (made all the better since I’d just visited Denver for the first time before reading)... After Midnight is a fast enjoyable read for mature readers.

Disclosure: I found it when it was free and I’m sorry it took so long to get around to reading it.
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The Pandas and Their Chopsticks: And Other Animal Stories by Demi

Sheila Deeth, August 7, 2014

Wise little lessons, smooth easy-reading two-page stories, clear fonts, bright colors, and every border a different sure delight; what more could you ask from a smart hard-backed story-book to be shared with small children? Combining the savor of Aesop with the whimsy of Peter Rabbit, Demi’s The Pandas and their Chopsticks, and other animal stories, is a genuine delight. Each fable takes two short clean pages. Each telling is bright and light. And each is illustrated with vivid colors, genuine artistry, and pictures full of visual intelligence and appeal. Colored borders with animal figures make favorite stories easy to find. And every tale ends with a simple wise moral, perfect for bedtime telling and those quiet lessons remembered before sleep.

Some of these stories might illustrate familiar concepts---the pandas' generosity that helps everyone for example; others offer wisdom you might not have seen so brightly told before, as with the faults that follow “unless we do something to leave them behind.” But all are bright and new, refreshingly told, a pleasure to read and a treasure to own.

Which story do I love best? I really can’t say. The humble ocean perhaps... the wily fox... You’ll have to read them and choose your own favorites, as I’m sure you will.

Disclosure: I was offered a free copy by the publishers and I offer my honest review.
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The Gospel According to Yeshua's Cat by C. L. Francisco Phd

Sheila Deeth, August 7, 2014

As a child I wondered if Jesus ever had a pet. In C. L. Francisco’s beautiful novel, he has a cat. And the story of Jesus’ ministry, told by his feline friend, is wonderfully true to the Biblical account, gorgeously evocative, and thoroughly enjoyable. Have you ever wondered why Jesus calls God his Father, not his Mother. Mari the cat wonders too, and is given a truly beautiful answer. Do animals pray? What would parables sound like if given to cats instead of men? And why did Jesus have to die?

A pleasingly convincing portrayal of Jesus the man, coming to terms with his divinity, of Jesus the healer, dealing with human frailty, and Jesus the teacher, carefully avoiding the lure and temptations of human fame and power, this novel is truly one to treasure. Enter the desert, see the sea through kitten eyes that have known only rivers, learn that a Roman might not always be evil, and visit foreign towns, but hide in His arms.

By the end of the tale, the cat understands so much more than human language, and recognizes the pain of human choice. Readers, seeing the familiar through different eyes, might learn a lot as well, for how easily we “forget that human hearts can only be loved into loving.” How quickly we condemn and fail to eat with those who are only sinners like ourselves, or cats like our pets. I love this book!

Disclosure: I learned this was free and couldn’t resist. I just wish I’d read it sooner. A real treat for all ages!
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The Wide Game by Michael West
The Wide Game

Sheila Deeth, July 31, 2014

There’s something seriously scary about the Wide Game, and nearly everyone who’s played will carry the scars. But they won’t talk about it. And now Paul’s back in Harmony, Indiana, for a school reunion where he just might have to face up to what was. Meanwhile the reader follows his memories of that Wide Game played before graduation, and wonders at the cost.

The Wide Game is classic horror, with teenagers separating in the dark when you know they ought to stay together, with something scary in the cornfield, and with romantic leads just desperate to survive. But survival isn’t everything, and there are gaps in the gruesome details where nobody knows just who or what is setting the rules for the game. And then there’s death. And then there’s the school reunion.

The Wide Game is told in separate parts which tie past and present together and lead inexorably, but secretly, to final scary conclusions where a church, once scorned, just might play its own part in healing... because some things just can’t be earned after all. I enjoyed the whole story, but I truly loved the ending; that touch of thought-provoking mystery that raises a tale above its genre and makes it something special.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour. I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.
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